With music playing in the background, the players descended to the Hangar in anticipation of their All Star game. The many spectators enjoying a beverage and some snacks, some old timers made an appearance and ball hockey stories were told. There was such a magnificent energy that surrounded us and so many smiles and laughter. This is what the All Star Day was meant to be!
We started with a moment of silence for the great one Bobby Mentis and of course the playing of the National Anthem. Once the pregame festivities were done we were ready to drop that first ball. Team Italia and Team South Asia/Middle East would square off. And in an unprecedented move Mr. Frank Zampini would take over the bench boss duties of South Asia/Middle East.
This game was a freewheeling and exciting for the spectators to watch. The boys doing things that normally wouldn't' be done in a regular game. South Asia/Middle East would outshoot the Italians 31-26 but the scoreboard would favour Italia 9-2. It wasn't about the final score but about celebrating out great game. Both teams played without pressure and enjoyed themselves. We could tell by the smiles of just being able to participate.
South Asia/Middle East would get a chance to avenge the loss as the players put on a show during the shootout. Adil Patel, Rajwinder Sandhu, Randeep Singh and Adil Chohan would all light the lamp. Countering for Italy was Mike Marasco, Nicholas Iaboni and with the shot of the day Vito Tomasicchio's little boy would make the final 4-3 South Asia/Middle East.
Three Star Selections:
3rd Star: Adil Patel (1G, 1A)
2nd Star: Leo Calvo (3G, 2A)
1st Star: Adam Bevilacqua (3G, 2A)
Once the final team pictures were taken Team Canada and Team Portugal would hit the floor. In a very spirited game the teams were deadlocked at zero after one, not what you would expect in an all star game. The stars would shine in the second and teams exchanged goals and we would have a 2-2 draw after two. In the third the players on both teams seem to pick up steam. Back and forth we went. In the end Canada would take over making the final 7-3 and outshooting them 33-18.
The shootout would see the goaltenders shine and we were tied at 1-1 after five shooters. Chris Morrison Jr. and Sergio Vidal would be the scorers. So it came down to Chris Cerqueira the final shooter. He would blast down the left wing and roof a fake slap to wrist shot and send Team Portugal over the boards in excitement and getting the revenge they deserved.
Three Star Selections:
3rd Star: Scott Correia (13 saves)
2nd Star: Marshall Boyes (2G, 2A)
1st Star: Marcus Marchese (2G)
At this time would like to thank all the players, coaches and managers for being a part of our All Star Day festivities. We would also like to thank all our loyal fans out there who week in and week out support our league. We like to thank our officials Abu and Tony, who were razzed and abused all afternoon long, of course we were all joking! Mario on the decks, Adrian on the mic and Frank, Peter and Pino welcoming all the players and spectators.
We can't forget Sergio our photographer and Katie our videographer. We can't wait for the final product. And lastly our sponsors Olympic Trophies for three star awards, First Line Promotional for our All Star Day t-shirts and Paul at Magnolia for the delicious wraps.
Stay tuned for the Video and Pictures! Until 2019 we hope you all enjoyed #asd18 and if you missed it you won't want to miss #asd19