Winter 2010/11: Game #10 - YC Start New Year with A Win!
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Mon Jan 10th 2011 4:50pm
The Young Canadians rang in the new year with a hard fought 3-2 victory over the 2nd place Nordiques. Before the match, coach Da Ponte learned that the 1st place Tormentors also lost their game. So a YC victory would move them to within 1 point of 1st place. Da Ponte continued his line shuffling by moving Daniel "Steeltown" Ascenzi next to Anthony & Michael Verardi. And he was rewarded with 3 goals from that line.
In other good news, Darren "Slim Shady" Gerrard, played his 1st game since last summer. He was up to his old tricks again, getting in the face of several Nordiques players and earning 4:00 minutes in penalties. Thankfully, he made it through the game with no ill-effects on his ankle. His linemates, Seymour & Andrew were also charged up by his return as they both played their best games of the season.
The game could arguably have been another shutout for Da Ponte, had he not allowed 2 weak shots over his glove hand. Those goals tied the game after the YC worked hard to take a 2-0 lead. Perhaps Da Ponte's former team mate, Nordiques' Gino Gallo, gave his team a heads up on where to shoot. Regardless, Mr. Everything, Anthony Verardi got the GW when his line controlled the play in the Nordiques zone until they scored. Coach Da Ponte and the rest of the team can only hope that Anthony has rediscovered his scoring touch just in time for the playoffs.
YC Update - Line-up Changes are Coming
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Mon Dec 13th 2010 6:56pm
After a second consecutive poor offensive performance, Coach Graciano Da Ponte has decided to shake things up in YC land. Da Ponte feels that some lines have become too complacent while others have been staying on the floor far too long.
On the other hand, the team's defensive play has been extraordinary, giving up only 2 goals in the last 4 games. We'll see how things shape up come game time, as Da Ponte will only announce the lines at that time.
YC Update - Coach Da Ponte has Something Up His Sleeve!
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Fri Dec 10th 2010 2:32pm
Coach Graciano "Number 1" Da Ponte is contemplating entering his team into a different kind of tournament in the new year. After discussing the situation with his 2nd in Command (wife Carla) about the pros & cons, he has decided to move forward and enter the team.
Details are sketchy at this point and Da Ponte was tight-lipped about his upcoming announcement. "I'm not at liberty to divulge any info at this moment. I still have to speak with Chris about his involvment. Let's just say, this has the potential to be a momentous occasion in team history, but it could also lead to some serious trash talking that could last a while. I'm hoping to make my announcement and reveal the necessary details at the annual YC party in January."
Speculation is already running rampant on twitter, facebook & the rest of cyberspace. What has Da Ponte cooked up for the team?
Is There a Goalie Controversy for the Young Canadians?
Posted by: Chris D'Ascanio on Sun Dec 05th 2010 7:24pm
Following back to back shutouts YC goalie Graciano "Coach" Da Ponte, suffered his first loss since the first game of the winter season. Since taking over for regular starting goalie, Chris "Fractured Hand" D'Ascanio, Da Ponte has put up stellar numbers for the team. This has led to rumors of goal tending controversy, the likes of which have never really hampered the YC in their history.
D'Ascanio's timetable for his return is still unknown, and is still out indefinitly, after being placed on IR in late October due to the fracture in his left hand. Although there is speculation he could be making a spot start in January, coach Da Ponte does not want to rush him back from injury. "Even if D'Ascanio is medically cleared, I don't want him to come back to soon and re-injure the hand."
A few players who were approached by the media after the 2 - 1 loss on Saturday had this to say. "Gratz has stepped up in Pashquale's absence and played amazing, but when he comes back Chris will be our definitive number one heading into the spring," said captain Brian Da Ponte. "I think Chris should have to battle for his position and should not be handed it back," said Joe Giannotti. "Start working on that slap shot bud, to stay on this team. You may have to fight for a spot on our 3rd line," said Marco Ariganello. "Chris has been our number one for 6 years. He has numerous credentials to his name. I think he should be given his spot back, but I would not be upset with either of the two goalies in net come spring," said Anthony Verardi.
I guess only time will tell what direction coach Da Ponte goes in regarding the starters position. Ultimately, he will do what he thinks is best for the team.
On the injury front, defencemen Adam "Exams" Casinelli will be out 1 to 2 weeks with exams. He should make a full return come January.
WINTER 2010/11: GAME #7 - Da Ponte Allows A Backbreaker!
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Sat Dec 04th 2010 10:13pm
The Young Canadians missed a great opportunity to stay in 1st place on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Team Dynamite. While the YC have been scoring by committee, the Dynamite rely soley on leading scorer Mike Rose. And it was Rose who scored both goals, including a weak game-winner past a stunned Da Ponte. Da Ponte, who had a 2 game shutout streak coming into this game, was beaten early in the 1st when Rose walked out from behind the net and put in his own rebound. But the 2nd goal was the heart-breaker.
Rose, spun around at the YC blueline and shot the ball on net, beating Da Ponte 5-hole. Falling backward, Da Ponte, along with the rest of the world, couldn't believe he just let that one in. "I haven't let one in like that in a while. I feel even worse since it was the eventual game-winner" said Da Ponte.
The YC tried their best to get even, but could not get another one past Dynamite goalie, Rob Matthews. Michael "All Goals" Petruccelli was the YC's lone goal scorer, getting it short-handed.
Captain Brian Da Ponte is not ready to push the panic button just yet. "My brother was due for a goal like that. It's been a while. I'm not worried, he'll bounce back next week. It's his wife's birthday. He better win. We just have to work on a few things, like shorter shifts, to get ourselves back on track."
The Young Canadians face their old rivals, the Rebels, next week, in a game that promises to be a grudge match.