(vol. 37W, no. 3; newsletter by b.n.)
Well, just another day in paradise. Or maybe not. I thought it was a bad omen when I stepped into the rink and everybody was telling me that the Pirates were 0-2. (That wasn't the way I remembered reading it on the GoodSports website, but that is another story.) Anyway, I missed the last game because apparently #67 had some issue with his furnace. According to #67, he asked Tony for help, but Tony told him “shove (deleted by editor).” So, I ended up helping #67 all by myself. But that is OK, the Pirates are still Wednesday night Champions. (And #67 now gets full coverage in two newsletters — Wednesday and Sunday!)

Anyway, I could have sworn that I checked the website and it showed the Pirates were 1-1. But the more people talked to me, the more it seemed fairly evident that the Pirates did in fact lose the game. Apparently even Tony was involved. Oh well, there was a game to play and there was no more time to be anymore confused than I already was. So if everyone is to be believed, the Pirates at 0-2 (apparently) were up against a Bruins team that were 2-0. And if the GoodSports website is to be believed, they outscored their opponents 16-3. So you would be thinking, man, this might not be so good. But low and behold, it wasn't so bad — even though the Bruins were stacked with a number of “A” players. (Of course, as any other team in the league will tell you, the Pirates have our own stash of “A” talent, but we won't go there ... even though we already did).
So, the Pirates stepped up and played a quality 1st period. And, thanks to Kenny G, the Pirates found themselves in a 1-1 tie at the halfway mark. (Not to mention that the goal by the Bruins was somewhat flukey. Sure the dude that plays on Sundays with the Pirates is a great player, but the swat he took at the puck while still in mid-air, you must admit was pretty lucky. Who does he think he is, Ovechkin? In the future, those kind of plays are nice, but their is no place for them on Wednesday, try to keep them to Sunday).

Where was I? Oh yeah, someone just pointed-out to me that the Pirates no longer play in the “B” division, so all this talk about how many “A” players are on the roster is moot because by definition any player that steps onto the rink is an “A” player — except #67, as Tony would be quick to point out. But that is, as the say, unimportant. What is important, is that the Pirates unloaded in the final period with goals from Nicolosi, Miller and LeMatty and built a comfortable 4-1 lead. The teams would exchange goals at the end and the game would end with the Pirates winning their first game of the season. Or would it be our second win, since last I checked their website was still wrong.

Attendance (players): Miller, LeMatty, Gucci, Wildman, Maccanico, Nicolosi, Newcomb, Genalo, Matthews. Net: Harris.
Scratches: Gesior (AWOL).
Scoring: 1st period: 1-1 tie: Goal by Genalo (none). 3rd period: 5-2 Pirates: Goals by Nicolosi (none); Miller (Nicolosi); LeMatty (Maccanico); LeMatty (Maccanico).
date of game: 3.18.09

WON 5-2


For outstanding defense.

For his 2 tallies.

For the GWG goal and great defensive efforts at the red line.