2011-01-14 / Sports

Puntureri Wins FHL Player Of The Month

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

Puntureri scored nine times in December and was first in assists with fifteen. He was third best for New York with a plus-nine in the month, and his forty-seven shots was atop the entire team. Currently, Puntureri sits tied for fifth place in league scoring with thirty eight points. To date, he has sixteen tallies, twenty-two helpers, and is a plus-eleven on the year.

In his last game, Puntureri notched a season high five points (2-3) against the Danbury Whalers in the Club’s 8-1 win on New Year’s Eve. The right winger has totaled eleven points in the Aviators last four games (2-2-0). Aviators Win On NYE

Michael Thomson and Matt Puntureri both notched four points to help lead the New York Aviators to an 8-1 win over the Danbury Whalers on New Year’s Eve in Federal Hockey League action.

The Aviators jumped to an early, 3-1, lead after the first period. Thomson netted goals nine and ten of the season to kick-start the A’s offense. New York’s momentum was slowed down a bit though, after Danbury forward Igor Karlov put home his 16th of the year at the 14:48 mark.

However, with four seconds left in the opening frame, Puntureri tallied his 15th goal on the power play from David Inman on a beautiful one timer in the slot to regain the two-goal edge for the A’s.

The Aviators jumped on Danbury in the middle frame with their second straight goal from Angelo Serse to push New York’s lead to 4-1. Serse found a loose puck in the far side circle and lifted it over Whalers’ net minder Nick Niedert for his eighth marker of the season. Just fifty seconds later, Andrew Scampoli found the back to give New York a commanding 6-1 lead.

The third period would be all New York with three goals coming from Chris Holmes, Puntureri, and Jesse Felten.

This is the fifth straight win the A’s picked up over Danbury, and move to 12-12-2 on the season. The Whalers drop to 10-13-2 on the season with their fourth consecutive loss.

Kevin Druce gained his ninth win in net for the A’s turning aside 28 shots, while Nick Niedert is charged with the loss.

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