WINTER 2010/11: GAME #6 - JAWS CAN'T HANDLE THE SHARK HUNTERS!
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Mon Nov 29th 2010 1:31pm
At the halfway point of the Winter season, the Young Canadians sit atop the standings of the Canadian Division with 9 pts. After beating the Toronto Sharks 5-0, their record improved to 4-1-1. Coach/Goalie Graciano "Old Man" Da Ponte continued his hot streak with a 2nd shutout in a row and is serving notice to all the other goalies in the league, that despite a bad 1st game (4-0 loss), he is starting to round into top form.
Da Ponte is especially pleased with how all 3 lines are producing. Even though the YC are in 1st, there are no YC players in the top 20 in league scoring. "It's very surprising not to see any of our players on the front page of the points standings. But as long as we keep winning, it doesn't bother me. It looks like they have learned something from the summer disappointments. The old saying of 'Defense wins Championships' is very true. We are playing excellent defensively right now," said Da Ponte. Blocking shots, clearing the zone, minimizing odd-man rushes have all contributed to the YC's 4 game winning streak.
Scoring the 1st goal of the game & of his career, was Paul "The Rookie" Bevilacqua. Ironically, the only assist went to Da Ponte. As Bevilacqua brought the ball up the floor on the power play, Da Ponte could be heard urging his defenseman to take a shot on net and he did, from outside the blueline. The ball took a bounce in front of Sharks' goalie Sean Rosenberg and hopped over his pad. Bevilacqua took some ribbing from his teammates when he got to the bench.
Both the YC's power play & penalty kill were ranked at the bottom of league before this game, but increased dramatically afterwards. The PP scored 3 goals & the PK killed off every opportunity, including a full 2:00, five-on-three.
With all 3 lines producing, the defense shutting things down & the goalie putting up donuts, the YC will be a force to deal with in the 2nd half of the season.
WINTER 2010/11: GAME #5 - VERARDI'S FIND THEIR MOJO
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Tue Nov 23rd 2010 1:43pm
The Young Canadians top line got back to what they do best on Sunday, making opposing goalies look bad. In a 2-0 win over the Toronto Red Rush, Anthony "Black Ops" Verardi scored the game-winner, finishing off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play from brothers, Mike & Angelo Verardi, that had the 6 fans in attendance & the millions not watching at home, buzzing.
The Verardi's were a constant threat all night as they overwhelmed the undermanned Red Rush (who only had 7 players). Asked after the game, what they did differently, assistant Captain Angelo V. said, "We haven't really done anything differently. Our line has gotten many chances but we just haven't scored. That's the only difference." Mike V. continued the theme, "Coach actually floated the idea of breaking up our line to get us going, but I told him to relax & guaranteed that we'd start putting up the numbers."
Arriving early for the 1st time all year, Coach Graciano "Doughnuts" Da Ponte did his part by shutting down the Red Rush players, including an unbelievable, cross-crease blocker save on a 1-timer attempt, with less than a minute to play. "I felt good this game, but I have to give credit to the players in front of me. They did an excellent job blocking shots, especially DiMarco. He finally used his ass to block shots, instead of taking them!" said Da Ponte.
Daniel "Steeltown" Ascenzi would add an empty-netter to end the scoring. Da Ponte knows that the Red Rush with a full line-up, will be a much tougher opponent if they face-off again.
WINTER 2010/11: YC IN TOUGHEST DIVISION TO DATE
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Wed Nov 17th 2010 3:18pm
The Young Canadians are facing their toughest competition since joinging the YCBHL. Here's a list of some of the teams in their division & their accomplishments:
Toronto Tormentors - Fall Playoff Champions
Toronto Sharks - Fall Playoff Champions
Rebels - Fall Playoff Champions
Blackhawks - 1st place & Playoff finalist
Toronto Red Rush - 1st place & Playoff finalist
Toronto Toros - Summer Playoff Champions
No doubt, the YC are in tough this season, but Coach Da Ponte, who is replacing regular starter Chris "Schoob" D'Ascanio this winter, feels confident his team can come through and qualify for the playoffs. "I feel that after taking the Fall season off, the guys will be well rested. After 4 games, I think we're starting to hit a groove. Besides, they have me in net. How can we NOT qualify?"
WINTER 2010/11: GAME #3 - YC USE TOWEL TO MOP UP WET BANDITS!
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Mon Nov 08th 2010 10:33am
The Young Canadians faced an old adversary on Saturday and got a small measure of revenge, by winning 4-2. The Wet Bandits were the only team to beat the YC in the summer regular season, winning both games. This game also marked the return of two former YC players: original member Massimo Vitale; and 1 year player Nick Lombardi. Except they were playing for the Bandits.
Lombardi assissted on the Bandits' 1st goal and was doing well until he argued a hand pass call by referee Sal. The call was correct, but perhaps having not played ball hockey in a while, Lombardi kept arguing until he was given a 10 minute misconduct and sent to the showers. Vitale, though held pointless, was one of the lone bright spots for the Bandits.
The YC finally got their 1st win of the winter season. Unfortunately, they have lost the services of veteran Peter Vicente for the next game, as he was suspended & fined for body checking a Bandits' player. In a post-game interview, Vicente explained his actions. "After watching footage of last year's Niagara tournament, I was inspired by the hit on Joe and felt that I had to repay one of their players for that hit."
2010/11 WINTER SEASON PREVIEW
Posted by: Graciano Da Ponte on Wed Oct 20th 2010 2:10pm
Welcome back fans of the Young Canadians '06. After a 2 month lay-off, the players are excited to get back on the concrete to follow up a successful, but ultimately, disappointing summer season. The YC will attempt to qualify for the winter playoffs for the 1st time and hopefully make it to the Eastern Regionals.
The team would like to welcome back Andrew Ariganello, who missed the summer season, while he recuperated from a lower body injury. Also returning to a full time role is Chris Defina, who has been a part-timer for many years, but is now available to play every game.
Coach Da Ponte has also added a new defenseman to replace fan favorite, Darren Gerrard, who could not overcome a serious ankle injury suffered in September 2009. Paul Bevilacqua, who spent many years in the shadow of the Verardi brothers, is now ready to step out on his own.
Projected Line Combinations:
Ascenzi - Peter - Andrew
Seymour - Petro - Simon
Verardi - Verardi - Verardi
Projected Defense Pairings:
Brian - Cass
Joe - DiMarco
Defina - Paul