2010-12-03 / Sports

New York Aviators Lose Close Road Games

Above: New York Aviators goalie Kevin Druce (left) watches teammate Nicholas Kugali push away Danbury Whalers right winger Devin Guy from the net. Photo by Robby Schwach. At right: New York Aviators defenseman Tyler Leon (left) moves past Whalers center Van Hellemeyer. Above: New York Aviators goalie Kevin Druce (left) watches teammate Nicholas Kugali push away Danbury Whalers right winger Devin Guy from the net. Photo by Robby Schwach. At right: New York Aviators defenseman Tyler Leon (left) moves past Whalers center Van Hellemeyer. The New York Aviators lost their second straight Federal Hockey League game against the Akwesasne Warriors, 4-3, on November 27 in Cornwall, Ontario. Former NHLer Pierre Dagenais scored the game winner in the shootout. Patrick Deraspe scored a goal and two assists, while Dagenais score twice in the shout to lift the Warriors to their second consecutive win over New York.

The Aviators, who had looked to avenge a tough 5- 4 loss the previous night, scored the game’s first goal after Jesse Felten netted his first of the season just 1:39. The Warriors though, would then go on to score three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead into the second stanza. Akwasane saw three different goal scores get one past Kevin Druce, who got the nod in game two after he was lifted in the first period of last night’s contest.

The Aviators came back in the second period, just as they did last night. Michael Thomson and John Goffredo registered tallies to tie the game up at three. Both net minders were solid in the third, as they turned away a total of 14 shots.

Overtime produced another scoreless frame, which meant that both teams prepared for the shootout. The first two shooters for both teams could not find the back of the net; however, the next shooter would for the Warriors. Dagenais scored first in the backend of round three, but Casey Mignone got the equalizer right after to tie the shootout at one after four rounds were played.

The next five rounds saw the goalies steal the shows, but it was Chris Holmes and Dagenais again, netting his second shootout goal, to tie the shout at 2-2 after ten. Dagenais would be denied in round 11, as would Holmes, but Deraspe scored the game winner to give the Warriors the win.

Druce gets the loss after stopping 29 shots, while David Plouffe earns his second straight win after he turned away 36 pucks.

The loss drops New York to 5-7 on the season, and the win moves Akwesasne to 12-3.

New York returns home on Friday, December 3 to take on the Danbury Whalers at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and more information can be located at AviatorSports.com or NewYorkAviators.com.

The Aviators will then travel on December 4 to take on Danbury. They will visit Rome on December 5 and return to the Aviator Complex on December 8 to take on Broome County.

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