Scottdale's Old Time Hockey captures dek championship
When people associated with any type of hockey organization speak of the hockey gods, they do it with a tone that mirrors the same admiration that the ancient Greeks had for Zeus, Apollo, and Hercules.
The gods can make or break you. They can either smile upon you and make every situation favorable for you, or they can turn every event against you and make it impossible to succeed.
The hockey gods were certainly smiling on a local dek hockey team from Scottdale this winter.
Old Time Hockey — rightfully named for a reason — went 12-0 this past season and captured the “C” Division Dek Hockey League crown at the Hot Shots Indoor Sports Arena.
This is the second championship the team has claimed in the past two seasons. They won the “C” League crown in the summer of 2011. In 2011, the team entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed and swept through the playoffs to claim the title.
This season, the team went 10-0 in the regular season and entered the playoffs as the top seed. Old Time Hockey blew out its opening-round opponent 7-1, and then defeated a solid Word of Life squad 2-0 in the championship game, killing off an unprecedented eight-minute power play in the closing period.
Playing in a league against teams whose average age per player is in the late 20s, this team has had remarkable success.
But that success isn't the amazing part of this team. It is the age of some of the players that is amazing.
Old Time Hockey is comprised of a group of core players whose average age is 47.
Along the blue line, Old Time has three players in their 50s — Gary Eicher (51), Kevin Kramarski (50) and Mark King, who will turn 50 next month. This trio played solid defense in front of goalie Marc Santorella, who allowed just 10 goals all season and had a 0.83 goals against average. Santorella also posted three shutouts.
As a team, Old Time Hockey lit up the scoreboard by pumping 48 goals behind opposing goalies.
Kevin Wanichko led the offense with 11 goals and six assists for 17 points, while Jay Shultz added 12 goals to the offensive totals.
But the most impressive stat line came from the three forwards on the team that are also pushing the half century mark.
Ron Conty (48), Brad House (47), and Pete Fratto (46) were significant contributors to the offense. House scored six goals and added six assists, Conty tallied three goals and assisted on seven others, and Fratto had a goal and six assists.
An added bonus for Fratto and King is they are getting to play on a team alongside their sons.
King's 19-year-old son Noah, who contributed two goals and two assists, plays right wing, while two of Fratto's sons, Peter (one goal and three assists), and Frank (four goals and three assists), have played on a line with their father.
Mark King is a freelance writer.