"Smooth as" Glass should have been given an assist. Jeff Speed Racer put a few dents in the Ranger goalie that may have had him wishing that the puck missed him. Eighteen seconds into the 3rd period, Jay "Roadrunner" DeMaria was whistled off for tripping. That turned out to be a good thing when Carson set up McNeil for a beautiful short handed goal. Ed the Wall Waghorn took over from there and shut the door on the Rangers. Ed stopped several break-aways. His son John helped him out when the puck got past Ed and rested on the goal line. John flipped it out of harms way just before a Ranger could get to it. The score remained 4-3 until Gaul scored another unassisted goal with 3:42 left in the game. Those
Reffs were stingy with those assists. Thirty eight seconds later, John Waghorn took a pass from Jay and iced the game with a goal with 3:04 left to play' Snuffy Snick, Killer Kyle, Phil Manno, Matt Swastek and Uncle Dan had fine games as they out shot the Rangers 34 to 19.
Jay gets the MVP for going to the sin bin so that we could score a short
handed goal. That reminds me of when I was in a summer league and
Jeff's dad, Ken, was on our team. He was 18, we also had Tony Granato and
a few other Downers Grove hot shots. I got a penalty and we sent out our teen
quartet to kill the penalty. Ken was at the point and he kept getting
passes from Granato. Ken had a slap shot like his son Jeff, so he just
kept blasting away for 2 minutes. They set up a box in the attacking zone
and stayed there until they scored. Tony won the face-off and they went
back in the zone and scored again. I came out of the box all rested and picked
up a plus while going to the bench, because they scored again. The next
shift I told one of our opponents that they should decline the next penalty.
Our 5 on 5 shifts were 3 old guys and 2 teen aged guns, so it was an even game
until we got a penalty. (Old guys were early 40s) We won the
league championship thanks to those talented teens. My son Dan was only 12
then, so he cheered us on through the chain link fence at Downers Grove Icearena.
He pissed off one guy so bad that he spit at Dan. Nine years later, Dan
called me and asked me to get a summer league team together. I was now
almost as old as Ed, so I was a little reluctant, but Dan told me he could get
plenty of young legs to help out once school was out. We had a new generation of
Granatos, including Cammie. She had a hat trick in the championship game.
One of the defeated Beer Cats mumbled, "You guys had Tony Granato." I replied,
"No, that was his sister, Tony was in the stands watching!" Read all about in
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