2010-12-17 / Sports

Aviators Highlight Exciting Week With Shootout Victory

Aviatior goalie Pete Dundovich stops Whaler Sean O’Malley during the shootout. All photos by Rob Schwach. Aviatior goalie Pete Dundovich stops Whaler Sean O’Malley during the shootout. All photos by Rob Schwach. The New York Aviators had an eventful week on the ice. Here is the recap of the last three games they played in the Federal Hockey League.

The New York Aviators had their five game winning streak snapped on December 11 after the club dropped a 6-3 decision on the road against the Broome County Barons in Federal Hockey League action.

Barons’ forward Anthony Cosmano led the way with a pair of goals, and Skylar Christoffersen chipped in with two assists to help lead Broome past a red hot New York team.

Broome County opened the scoring with two goals in the first period. Cosmano got his first only 12:48 into the contest, while Aaron Boyer added to the lead with less than two minutes left in the opening frame.

New York could not solve, or slow down the Barons, as Greg McCauley’s club added a tally at the start of the second period. David Lawrence penciled in at the 13:03 mark.

Aviator forward John Goffredo had two assists against the Danbury Whalers. He’s shown here skating against Whalers Alex Hager and Dan Malloy. Malloy’s father, Dan Malloay, is the new governor of Connecticut. Aviator forward John Goffredo had two assists against the Danbury Whalers. He’s shown here skating against Whalers Alex Hager and Dan Malloy. Malloy’s father, Dan Malloay, is the new governor of Connecticut. The A’s cut into the lead, as Angelo Serse got on the board 10 seconds later. However, Broome County tacked on three straight goals, which were capped off by Cosmano’s second of the night.

The Aviators netted two goals late in the third to cut the lead in half. However, it was a little too late as the Barons held on for the 6-3 win.

Pete Dundovich, who came on in relief last night to get the win, picked up his third loss while putting aside 27 shots. Kevin Druce came on to relieve Dundovich and surrendered one goal on 12 shots. Broome County net minder Petr Skoggard picked up the win for the Barons, stopping 28.

Aviator forward Mike Thomson scored two goals in regulation and twice during the shootout against Danbury. Aviator forward Mike Thomson scored two goals in regulation and twice during the shootout against Danbury. The loss drops the A’s to 10-8-1, as Broome jumps to 9-6-3.

December 10

The New York Aviators scored four straight goals to cap off an amazing comeback against the Danbury Whalers, and skated off with a 6-5 shootout win in Federal Hockey League action.

Matt Puntureri tallied two goals in the shootout, including the game winner, while Mike Thomson tallied a pair of goals and an assist in the victory.

Igor Karlov grabbed four points on the night for the Whalers in a losing effort.

After a pair of fights just 1:40 into the first period, the Whalers cashed in on two power play goals and took the early 2-0 lead. Karlov deposited home a rebound in the slot off Velasquez’s shot at the 11:10 mark for his 10th goal of the season. Shortly after, Dannel Malloy picked up his third tally of the year on another loose puck in front with 6:54 left in the opening period.

Aviators forward Matt Puntureri scores the winning goal during the shootout against Danbury. Aviators forward Matt Puntureri scores the winning goal during the shootout against Danbury. Chris Seifert then snapped a wrister from the far side circle over the glove of A’s net minder Kevin Druce to give the Whalers a 3-0 lead on his ninth goal of the campaign. New York cut into the lead with 2:34 left in the first, as Michael Thomson netted his fourth of the year from Chris Holmes to cut the Danbury lead to 3-1.

The Whalers picked up where they left off in the second period, as Karlov notched his second of the night sliding it past Druce 7:50 in. Lucas Schott joined in on the fun for Danbury, as he put home a loose puck off of Paul Arnott’s shot at the 13:55 mark. That goal chased Druce from the net, as Pete Dundovich came in on relief.

Aviator forward Chris Holmes moves in through Barons defense to face ex-Aviator goalie Chris Testa. Aviator forward Chris Holmes moves in through Barons defense to face ex-Aviator goalie Chris Testa. New York did not go away, though, with another late tally from Casey Mignone. Mignone charged in on the near side and lifted the puck over Whalers’ goalie Nick Neidert to cut the lead to 5-2 on his eighth of the season.

The A’s stormed back with three goals in the third period to tie the game at 5-5 and took it into overtime. The extra session produced a scoreless frame, which carried the contest into the shootout.

Dundovich stopped four of seven tries, and earned his third win of the season while stopping seven shots in

December 9

The New York Aviators picked up their fourth straight win after they defeated the Broome County Barons, 4-1, on Thursday night in Federal Hockey League action.

John Goffredo tallied the game winner, and Kevin Druce stopped 18 of 19 shots to help lead the A’s past Broome County. With the win, the A’s are still undefeated on home ice with a 5-0-0 record.

Both clubs were held off the scoreboard in the first period, however were not held out of the box as two fights occurred during the opening frame. A’s defenseman Steve Obelnicki and Broome defenseman Brad Pawlowski circled the wagons in the neutral zone 9:51 in. The Barons were put on their second power play with Obelnicki getting the extra two for roughing, but New York showed why they have the best penalty kill in the league and kept Broome off the board. The gloves would come off once again, as New York defenseman Jarrett Rush and Barons’ forward Vincent Amigone exchanged blows in the neutral with less than four minutes left in the first.

New York, though, finally broke through on Broome net minder Chris Testa at the 14:24 mark on their fifth power play chance of the night. A’s captain KC Timmons was parked out in front and deposited the loose change for his sixth of the season. New York piled on 24 shots in the middle stanza, however could only cash in one tally.

The Barons tied it up in the third with a power play maker of their own, as Aaron Boyer collected his seventh of the year at 14:50. New York continued their pressure and capitalized on turnovers down low, which lead to Goffredo and Chris Holmes netting goals. Obelnick then iced it for the A’s with an empty netter shorthanded.

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