2011-01-14 / Sports

Aviators Look Forward To 7-Game Home Stand

Strong offensive efforts helped the A’s string together their third win in a row last Friday night in Danbury against the Whalers in Federal Hockey League Action.

After over an hour delay of game, the first period saw a frenzy of action as the A’s tossed a total 16 shots at Whalers’ netminder Peter Skoggard. Skoggard turned away all but one as Steve Obelnicki put the A’s on the board with his second goal of the season at 17:28 with assists from Angelo Serse and Casey Mignone. The Aviators’ defense stood strong and kept the puck away from the Whalers for much of the first frame, only allowing nine shots on goal.

The second stanza was witness to much more action. A total of six penalties were assessed in comparison to none in the first period. As a result, Danbury tied the match 1-1 with a goal from Igor Karlov on the powerplay at 17:02. Soon after, the Whalers were on the man-advantage again when Andrew Scampoli broke up a pass and skated down to add an unassisted short-handed goal for the Avia-tors, giving his team the lead again, 2-1.

Aviators captain, K.C. Timmons, added another tally for the A’s with a powerplay goal at 12:22 in the final period with the help of Michael Thomson and Ivo Mocek. This goal would prove to be the final of the game leaving the score 3-1 in favor of the Aviators.

Although Whalers netminder Skoggard fought off nearly 50 Aviator tries, he is given the loss. Kevin Druce rejected 24 shots for the Aviators and picks up his eleventh win.

With this win, the Aviators improve to 14-12-2 on the season and hand Danbury only their third loss on home ice this season.

The A’s will return to action on Saturday, January 15 as they welcome the 1000 Islands Privateers to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn.

The Aviators will host first place Akwesasne on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, January 20, New York will take on the Cape Cod Barons, who moved from Broome County a few weeks ago, on January 20 at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.newyorkaviators.com or by calling 718 758 7580. Puntureri Honored

The Federal Hockey League announced that New York Aviators forward Matthew Puntureri has been selected as the December Player of the Month. The Pennsylvania product capped off the final month of 2010 with a 24-point performance, which led the Aviators offense.

Puntureri scored nine times in December and was first in assists with 15. He was third best for New York with a plus-nine in the month, and his 47 shots were atop the entire team.

A’s Win On January 6

Matthew Puntureri scored the game winning goal 1:13 into overtime to lift the New York Aviators over the Danbury Whalers, 3-2, in Federal Hockey League action.

This is the sixth straight win the A’s have put together against the Whalers, as New York moves to 13-12- 2 on the season behind Puntureri’s two-point performance.

Both teams failed to score in the opening frame, as Danbury net minder Peter Skoggard turned away all 15 Aviator tries. New York, though, had their chances on the man advantage with two opportunities, however, the Whalers held the League’s third best power play off the board.

The second period was a different story with both clubs trading power play goals. The Whalers got on the board first, as newcomer Martin Moucha registered his first tally in a Danbury jersey at the 16:48 mark. Moucha buried a rebound in front, just 20 seconds into their first power play to give the Whalers the 1-0 lead.

New York, though, got some clarification from a goal judge after referee Eric Ernst questioned their first marker. Moucha went to the box for hooking with 1:11 left in the second, and A’s defenseman David Inman snapped a quick shot past Skoggard.

The puck hit the far post, and then appeared to trickle in after some commotion in front of the net. There was no initial signal from Ernst, who later called it a goal. For Inman, it was his fifth tally of the season.

In the final frame, both clubs netted goals to take into the overtime session.

A’s net minder Kevin Druce nabbed his 10th win of the year stopping 18 shots, while Skoggard is charged with the loss despite putting aside 28 pucks.

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