2009-03-27 / Sports

Aces, Jersey Battle For EPHL Championship at Aviator Arena

CJ Tozzo (right) was named the EPHL Rookie of the Year for the EPHL. CJ Tozzo (right) was named the EPHL Rookie of the Year for the EPHL. The Brooklyn Aces may close the first season of the Eastern Professional Hockey League tonight with a championship trophy in their grasp.

In the EPHL championship series, Brooklyn will be hosting Game 2 of the best of three series against the Jersey Rockhoppers at the Aviator Arena.

Tonight's game at 7:30 p.m. could see the Aces clinch a title if they were victorious the day before against the Rockhoppers. Brooklyn finished in first and Jersey places second in the regular season.

The rivalry between the two teams has been hard fought. The season series finished with the Aces narrowly beating the Rockhoppers in the head to head matchup 9 wins to Jersey's 8.

Jersey has won the recent battles this month winning three out of four matches against the Aces.

If Brooklyn and Jersey needs to play a third game to decide the title, the game will be held at Aviator Sports Recreation complex in Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Duguay takes a faceoff against the Jersey Rockhoppers. Duguay takes a faceoff against the Jersey Rockhoppers. Aces Honored

Aces head coach Chris Firriolo was named the EPHL Coach of the Year for leading his team to a regular season championship with a 35-9-6 record.

Firriolo directed a strong attacking team as they lead the league in goals.

When top goalscorer James Brannigan left to join the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, CJ Tozzo became one of the top scoring options for the Aces.

Tozzo was named the EPHL's Rookie of the Year for leading the Aces with 34 goals and 62 assists.

The New Rochelle native also led the league in scoring with teammate Kyle McCullough placing second with 94 points.

The Most Valuable Player did not go to a Brooklyn Ace. Instead it went to Jersey Rockhoppers goaltender Nick Niedert who led all goaltenders with 25 wins in 42 appearances. He was first in minutes played with 2,418 and posted a 3.80 goals against average.

Duguay Skates

Former New York Rangers star Ron Duguay skated for the Aces and the Rockhoppers last week in a two game stint.

Ron Duguay skated for the Brooklyn aces last week. Photos by Rob Schwach. Ron Duguay skated for the Brooklyn aces last week. Photos by Rob Schwach. The 51-year old Duguay recorded an assist for the Aces last Saturday night.

For tickets to the championship series, call 718-977-5930 or head to www.brooklynaces.com

The Brooklyn Aces and Jersey Rockhoppers participate in a game-stopping ice brawl. The Brooklyn Aces and Jersey Rockhoppers participate in a game-stopping ice brawl. Jersey Rockhoppers defenseman Dustin Henning gets pummeled by the Aces Eddie Chlanda. Jersey Rockhoppers defenseman Dustin Henning gets pummeled by the Aces Eddie Chlanda. The Brooklyn Aces had many players contribute to their EPHL regular season championship. The Brooklyn Aces had many players contribute to their EPHL regular season championship.

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