2009-03-20 / Sports

Happy Brooklyn Aces Win EPHL Regular Season Championship

By Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Aces, the EPHL regular season champions won home games last weekend against the Jersey Rockhoppers and Hudson Valley Bears. Photos by Rob and Ryan Schwach. The Brooklyn Aces, the EPHL regular season champions won home games last weekend against the Jersey Rockhoppers and Hudson Valley Bears. Photos by Rob and Ryan Schwach. An exhilarating season for the Brooklyn Aces continued last Friday night as a 6-3 victory over the Jersey Rockhoppers clinched the inaugural Eastern Professional Hockey League's regular season title.

Brooklyn took a 3-1 lead into the second period after goals from Chris Holmes, BJ Kuper and Kyle McCullough

Jesse Felten's third period goal past Jersey goalkeeper Nick Niedert was the game clinching and title winning score.

"We are very proud to take home the regular season championship," said Aces head coach Chris Firriolo. "It is a real testament to all of the players that have put on an Aces uniform this season. This was a goal that we set out to achieve at the beginning of the year, and we are happy to have reached it, but we still have one more step to go."

The Aces will now be the host of the EPHL's best of three championship series starting on March 26,27, and if necessary, the 28.

Brooklyn will host Danbury tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Aviator Arena. Prior to Saturday night's game against Jersey at 7:30 p.m., the FDNY hockey team will take on the Boston Fire Department at 5:30 p.m.

The second place Jersey Rockhoppers (29-16-1, 60 points) hold a slight four point lead over Danbury in the standings. With three games left for Jersey (27- 17, 56 points) and four remaining for Danbury, the fight is now on to see who will qualify for second place and face Brooklyn in the championship.

Brooklyn (34-9-2, 72 points) split last weekend's games with a victory over Hudson Valley (3-42, 7 points) and a 6-4 road defeat to Jersey last Sunday afternoon.

McCullough and CJ Tozzo have an outside shot with three games left in the regular season campaign to reach the 100 point mark.

Both players have 90 points as Tozzo leads the league in goals with 31 and McCullough has 63 assists.

Captain Honored

Rob Miller, the defenseman who has returned to the starting lineup after suffering a broken hand, was recently named the EPHL Player of the Week.

Miller, who played hockey at Salem State and New Hampshire College, has been playing professional hockey in a number of minor leagues since the 2002 season.

With seven assists last week, and registering a +9 on the ice, the team captain is finally healthy to lead the Aces to a first ever championship.

The Aces acquired Bill Horton, a defenseman to Hudson Valley for forward Joe Pelle at the trade deadline on March 16.

New York Rangers fans will be quite familiar with the EPHL's newest or oldest free agent signing.

Former Rangers star Ron Duguay, and 12-year NHL veteran, will suit up to play with the Aces and the Jersey Rockhoppers.

Duguay, now 54 years old, was a star in the late 1970's and early 1980's with the Rangers. A quick forward, Duguay was an integral part of the Rangers making the 1978-79 Stanley Cup final before losing in five games to the Montreal Canadiens.

Duguay singed a two-game contract and will play with the Aces this Saturday, 7:30 p.m., against Jersey at the Aviator Sports and Recreation Center.

After one night as a Brooklyn Aces player, Duguay will wear a Rockhoppers uniform on March 22. Jersey hosts Danbury in what should be an important game to decide who will clinch a berth to the EPHL championship.

Playoff Tickets

The EPHL championship, a best of three series, will start on Thursday, March 26 and continue on March 27 and if necessary, on March 28.

The first playoff game will feature the Aces, who are certain to clinch the first place spot, will host all three games at the Aviator Sports Complex located at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

The second place team will be either the Jersey Rockhoppers, currently with 56 points, or the Danbury Mad Hatters (49 points).

Tickets prices according to the Aces have been decreased to accommodate all of their fans for showing up to the games this season. Skybox tickets are $35; adult tickets are $15 and kids tickets for ten and under are $9.

Playoff packages are also available for families. 4 playoff tickets, 4 chuck a pucks, 4 game note programs and 4 Aces pens are priced at only $44.

For tickets, call 718-758-7585 or 718-977-5930.

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