2009-02-27 / Sports

First Place Aces Keep Flying With Overtime Win

Aces defenseman and Brooklyn native Dan Carney. Aces defenseman and Brooklyn native Dan Carney. It was another busy weekend of hockey games for the Brooklyn Aces, but the first place denizens of the Aviator Arena remain on top of the Eastern Professional Hockey League.

The highlight of their three-day weekend was an exciting 5-4 overtime victory for the Aces (28-7. 59 points) over second place rivals Jersey Rockhoppers (24-14. 50 points).

The returning Tony Resendes, who came back off the injured list from knee injuries, wristed home a shot past Rockhoppers goaltender Nick Niedert three minutes into overtime to give the Aces the come from behind victory.

Anthony Bittle and Matt Tyree scored on back-to-back goals to give Jersey a 4-3 in the third period. With only 2:23 left in the game, Kyle McCullough benefited from an outstanding pass from teammate CJ Tozzo to tie the game at 4.

Saturday night was a let down for the Aces, who lost on the road to Danbury, 4-1. Mad Hatters (21-15. 43 points) goaltender Derek MacIntyre stopped 42 out of 43 Aces shots to earn his 17th victory of the season.

Goaltender Eddie Neville. Goaltender Eddie Neville. For the fans of the Aviator Arena on Sunday, the Aces provided plenty of scoring as they defeated the lowly Hudson Valley Bears (3-33. 7 points), 8-4.

Only leading 2-1 in the second period, the Aces got goals from Jesse Felten, his 21st and 22nd of the year in the third minute of the game. McCullough scored a goal and Eric Frank added two as Brooklyn totaled six goals in the period.

The Aces activated defenseman and team captain Rob Miller from the injured reserve. Brooklyn travels to Hudson Valley on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in their only game of the week.

Brooklyn salutes the Aviator Arena crowd after the win. Brooklyn salutes the Aviator Arena crowd after the win. Brooklyn Aces forward Eric Frank skates with the puck against three Jersey defenders. Brooklyn Aces forward Eric Frank skates with the puck against three Jersey defenders. Tony Resendes (left) scored the winning goal for the Aces. All photos By Rob Schwach. Tony Resendes (left) scored the winning goal for the Aces. All photos By Rob Schwach.

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