(vol. 37W, no. 6; newsletter by b.n.)
You know, I really thought that things would be different the other night when the Pirates played the Phantoms. Sure, we got off our game the previous week because someone starting complaining to the refs about the GoodSports “official” game puck. Who cares what puck we use? Well, obviously a lot of players did, because instead of paying attention to the game, there was way too much banter back-and-forth about the stupid puck. So we lost the game. So what? This week was a new week ... right?

Well, you might have thought so, but it turned out to be more: New Week=New Controversy. Is it my fault that Tony personally delivered my new Coastal Pirate Hockey pants to me on Sunday? You would have thought that I'd broken into someone's retirement account and made off with all their 401k money (oh yeah someone already did that). So there we were in the locker room— the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots.” And actually the “Haves” were broken down into another subcategory: There were the “Haves” that play on Sunday night (who got a “pass” because the Coastal Pirate pants were actually handed-out to the Sunday players three nights before), and the “Haves” that do not play on the Sunday Coastal Pirates who had the new pants ... and there was only one member of the latter group — #67. “Oh, what makes you so special?” and “What, did you stop at Harris' house and pick up the pants?” and “Why couldn't you bring my pants?” were some of the tamer complaints that emanated from the locker room when #67 pulled on the new pants. (There was also a player that complained that he was not fond of the green. but considering that there is no green in the pants I just let that one fly right past me.) Still, it really only led to one embarrassing moment early on. Because #67 had let his son use his helmet, he came helmetless to the game; Kenny was nice enough to offer him the use of his spare ice hockey helmet, but after Kenny saw #67 with the new pants the helmet was suddenly nowhere to be found.

Oh well, the Pirates were not going to let a little division in the locker room carry out onto the rink, right? Well, maybe just a little bit. The Phantoms took the opening face-off down the rink and scored on the Pirates backup goalie, Stu. The Pirates would score one in the 1st as well (Joe on a blast from the point with a feed by KennyG).

The Pirates finally put their differences behind them in the second as the rattled-off a couple of goals (Russ fed Wildman from behind the net and did the same for LeMatty later in the period). The scoring was capped by an unassisted emptynetter by Dave Matthews.

And the Pants? Other than the fact that #67 already had to tape up the knees, they look pretty freakin' cool.

Attendance (players): Cassens, Genalo, Gesior, Gucci, LeMatty, Maccanico, Matthews, Newcomb, Nicolosi, Baio (sub). Net: Jacobson.
Scratches: Miller.
Scoring: 1st period: 2-1 Pirates: Goals by Baio (Genalo); Cassens (Nicolosi). 3rd period: 4-1 Pirates: Goals by LeMatty (Nicolosi); Matthews (none), EN.
date of game: 4.08.09

WON 4-1


For the hustle, hustle, hustle.

For the saves.

For multiple quality chances and his first goal of the season.