2011-01-21 / Sports

Aviators Take Two: Inman Called Up To Elmira

Aviators defenseman Jonathan Madsen has been stellar since being picked up from the Danbury Whalers. Photo by Ryan Schwach. Aviators defenseman Jonathan Madsen has been stellar since being picked up from the Danbury Whalers. Photo by Ryan Schwach. The A’s were “flying high” as they soared over the first-place Akwesasne Warriors on Sunday night in Federal Hockey League action.

Powered by an offensive onslaught from Jesse Felten (3 goals, 3 assists), Matthew Puntureri (1 goal, 4 assists), and Mike Thomson (1 goal, 3 assists), the Aviators claimed their fifth win in a row with a 7-3 decision against the Warriors. With this win, the Aviators have collected 34 points and remain in third place in League standings and move to 11-1-1 on the season on home ice. Call the A’s front office for more information at 718-758-7580 or log on to www.newyorkaviators.com

January 15

Angelo Serse tallied two goals and Kevin Druce stopped 37 shots to lead the Aviators to a 4-3 victory over the 1000 Islands Privateers on Saturday night in Federal Hockey League action. Chris Holmes also chipped in with a goal and an assist, as the A’s picked up their 10th home win of the season and also brought their winning streak to four games.

New York jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over the Privateers at the 2:41 mark of the first, after Serse picked up his sixth goal of the season on a deflection that got past 1000 Islands net minder Rich Sillery. The Privateers, though, wasted no time to tie the game up just four minutes later. Tyler Fernandez found a loose puck in the slot and wristed it over Druce for his 19th of the year.

Serse would put New York back on top 2-1, with his second of the game, and seventh of the season, on a beautiful backhand redirection with 3:30 left in the opening frame. Andrew Scampoli then capped off the first 20 minutes with his 11th tally of the campaign at the 19:09 mark. Scampoli found a bouncing puck alone in the slot, and snapped past Sillery to give the A’s the two-goal lead at 3-1.

Halfway through the middle frame, Holmes broke in on Sillery shorthanded, and roofed a shot for his 10th goal of the season. New York took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission after Druce stood tall turning aside all 16 shots the Privateers sent his way.

The Privateers scored two late goals in the third period, with one on the power play, however it wasn’t enough as New York held on for the victory.

Druce gets his 12th win of the season, while Sillery is nabbed with his fifth loss despite stopping 13 shots.

Inman Called Up

On January 13, Aviators defenseman David Inman was called up to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. Inman, who is in his first season of professional hockey, played in 25 games this season for the Aviators scoring five goals and eight assists for 13 points.

“We congratulate David on taking this next step in his career,” said Aviators

Coach Rob Miller. “He has worked extremely hard this season, so it’s not a surprise that his play was noticed. Although we will miss him on the blue line, we are confident that the rest of our defensemen will step up their game in his absence.”

Prior to joining the Aviators, Inman played collegiately for Yale in the ECAC (NCAA Division 1) where he score five points in 51 games during his career. Previously he played with the U.S National Junior Development Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The San Diego, CA product is the first Aviator to get a call-up to the ECHL this season. He leaves the Aviators in third place in the 6-team Federal Hockey League.

The Jackals are a part of the ECHL, which is the premier Double A League in professional hockey. Elmira competes in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, and is affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators of the NHL.

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