|Young Canadians '93||0||2||0||2|
|Play-By-Play | Boxscore|
Goaltender: Graciano Da Ponte (T)
|Goals||Giovanni Jr. Pentrelli & Gino Gallo||2|
|SO||Graciano Da Ponte||0|
|Wins||Graciano Da Ponte||1|
|GAA||Graciano Da Ponte||2.50|
|Points||Giovanni Jr. Pentrelli||22|
|Goals||Giovanni Jr. Pentrelli||12|
|SO||Graciano Da Ponte||1|
|Wins||Graciano Da Ponte||6|
|GAA||Graciano Da Ponte||3.57|
The Young Canadians have folded up their tent for the summer 2010 season. With the lack of commitment, financial struggles, age & other responsibilities that everyone has these days, it would be to difficult for the team to stay competitive. Hopefully, the team can regroup for next year and play at least one more season. It would be a shame for this great franchise to go out with a whimper!
The Young Canadians will now be off until next summer. The majority of the players will be playing ice hockey in the winter. The others will heal any injuries and perhaps play ball hockey sparingly on another team.
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR A GREAT RUN. CONSIDERING OUR AGE AND LACK OF PEOPLE SHOWING UP, I WAS ASTONISHED AT OUR CHANCES OF MAKING IT. I ADMIT TO NOT HAVING A GREAT YEAR, BUT WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO PLAYOFF TIME, WE SEEMED TO PULL IT TOGETHER. SO UNTIL NEXT YEAR!!!
The Young Canadians season has come to an end. The Big Bastone tied game #2 with 1:12 left in regulation. The YC pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but there would be no last second heroics this time. The Bastone did an excellent job of preventing the YC from gaining the blueline, and in the end, held them out of the offensive zone for most of the final minute.
The first half started with the Bastone pressing early. YC goalie Graciano "Super Sub" Da Ponte made some excellent saves, including a big stop on John Ventullo. Da Ponte came across the crease with his outstretched catcher to rob Ventullo of a sure goal. The YC responded with some good chances of their own. This time they crashed the crease and made it difficult for Bastone goalie, Frank Falcone, to see the shot. At one point in the 1st half, the game resembled a run 'n' gun style of back and forth chances.
The 2nd half would be a lot tighter. And just like their previous game #2, the YC would score the first goal when Giovanni Jr. Pentrelli batted a loose ball in past Falcone. Falcone made a mistake when he tried to catch a lobbed dump-in, instead he bobbled it, allowing Pentrelli a shot to knock it in. The Bastone replied on the power play, when Frank "Hammer Time" Genua was in the box for interference. Cameron Cassidy's point shot went wide, but the ball bounced right onto Paul Pascuzzi's stick at the side of the net. Despite getting a piece of the ball on his diving attempt, it still got by Da Ponte.
Less than 2:00 minutes later, the YC would take the lead again on their own power play opportunity. Nick "Because of Me" Piazza's point shot would go wide but Jack "The Saint" Caruso was in position to squeak it in past Falcone. The Bastone protested the goal, saying the net had moved, but referee Joe Lopes was in position to see everything. From that point on, the Bastone applied unrelenting pressure, but were continually stifled by the YC defenders. It wasn't until referee Sal Pupo made an unbelievable 4:00 slashing call on captain Rick Favrens, that the Bastone would get their best chance to end the game. "I can't believe he made that call. I tapped the guy on the leg and he flung himself into the boards. Personally, I could never dive like that. I think it's disgraceful. But the ref was five feet ahead of us, watching the play in the other end of the arena. How could he make that call? Does he have eyes in the back of his head?" asked a frustrated Favrens. This was the opportunity the Bastone were hoping for.
Early on, the YC penalty killers did an excellent job foiling the Bastone's attempts to gain the zone. Whether they were stopping them at the blueline or getting to the dump-ins first, the four-man unit did the best they could until the devastating tying goal was scored with just :18 seconds left in the power play. Pascuzzi made a cross-slot pass to Cameron McCullough who one-timed it past Da Ponte. "I was anticipating the one-timer, but I came over too far and he shot it back across my body, to the far side. I couldn't believe it," said a distraught Da Ponte. "We were 1:12 away from going into OT, where anything can happen. The guys played so well. We fought off everything they threw at us. To allow a goal like that, is very depressing." Coming to his goalies' defense was Genua, "I don't blame Gratz for that goal. He played well and gave us a chance to win. That guy shouldn't have been left wide open."
The Young Canadians will now pack their bags and empty their lockers for another season. As has been the case for too many years, the YC struggle during the regular season only to redeem themselves in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the YC have not won anything of significance in Tier 3 since 2001. As players get older and have less time to put towards ball hockey, will the Young Canadians be able to return next year? That is a question only the players can answer.
Once again in these playoffs, the Young Canadians came out flat in game #1 of a series, losing 4-1 to the Big Bastone. The game almost didn't happen. Due to the severe thunderstorm, the power went out in the arena twice before the opening face-off. But when the game finally started, it looked the YC still had their lights out. Goalie, Graciano "Up High" Da Ponte, allowed the first goal less than 1:30 into the game when Cam Cassidy beat him over the shoulder from a bad angle. Although the YC disputed the goal (several fans behind the net claimed the ball hit the crossbar), the referee down low signaled for a goal. With 2:07 left in the 1st half, Bastone leading scorer, Daniel Miele took the ball behind the net, walked out from the sideboards and roofed a shot, in the same spot, over Da Ponte. Those two goals were all the Bastone would need as the YC offense dried up the rest of the way.
But they would add a third when Kevin "Slutter" Hutter, played the ball around the boards when he heard Mike "Paki" Garcia yelling for the pass. Unfortunately, Garcia was not in a position to accept the pass, and instead, was intercepted by JP Difazio, who passed it over to John Ventullo. Despite a valiant attempt by Rick "What's My Name" Favrens to block the shot, Difazio wasted little time putting the ball past Da Ponte.
The YC did finally break the shutout with 3:07 left in the game. They were on the power play and managed to get some traffic in front of Bastone goalie Frank Falcone. Nick "The Beak" Piazza blasted a point shot past the screened goalie, but it was too little, too late. The Bastone added an empty net goal when Da Ponte came off for the extra attacker.
The Young Canadians find themselves in the same position they were in after game #1 of the semi-finals, in a do-or-die win situation. They must now win game #2 to force overtime. If no result is attained, then it will be on to the shootout. Game #2 is on Thursday, August 13 @ 8:30pm (Rinx).