2011-02-04 / Sports

New York Aviators Continue On Ice Winning Streak


Aviators Defenseman Jarrett Rush scored his first goal of the year against Cape Cod in the A’s 5-2 win last Friday night. Aviators Defenseman Jarrett Rush scored his first goal of the year against Cape Cod in the A’s 5-2 win last Friday night. The New York Aviators of the Federal Hockey League (FHL) buried 10 consecutive opponents with a barrage of goals, stellar goaltending and physical play. In fact, beginning with the A’s December 30 victory over Danbury, they ride an 11-game winning streak and a 16-2 home record into a pair of home games at the Aviator Sports & Event Center on Flatbush Ave., in Brooklyn on Thursday and Friday, Feb 3 and Feb. 4 versus Cape Cod and Rome respectively.

Here’s just a few of the highlights of the A’s undefeated (10-0) January; scored 44 goals and allowed 14 goals; registered 364 shots on goal; 10 game winning goals from seven different players including three from Jesse Felten; Matt Punutreri led club with 21 pts and 13 assists; Felten lead the team with with 9 goals for the month; five different A’s tallied double-digits points; goalie Kevin Druce went 8-0 1.85 GAA, 1 SO, .938 SV%.


Casey Mignone had three goals over the weekend, including two in the 5-1 Cape Cod win last Friday night. Casey Mignone had three goals over the weekend, including two in the 5-1 Cape Cod win last Friday night. The performance was especially impressive as two of the A’s top players, defenseman David Inman and forward Mike Thompson, were called-up to Elmira and Wheeling of the ECHL during January.

The streak has moved the A’s have into third place, seven points ahead of Danbury and just five points behind 1000 Islands and 10 points behind Akwesasne. The top four teams qualify for the FHL playoffs beginning on March 15.

The Aviators have a pair of home games this week: Feb 3 @ 7:05 pm vs Cape Cod and Feb 4 @ 7:05 pm vs Rome. Tickets are still available by visiting www.newyorkaviators.com or by calling 718-758-7580. January 31


Versatile Andrew Scampoli had five points over the weekend including a goal in each of the team’s three games. Photo at right: Aviators player Mike Thomson recently returned to the from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers had a point in each of the three weekend games, including a goal against Danbury on Sunday. Versatile Andrew Scampoli had five points over the weekend including a goal in each of the team’s three games. Photo at right: Aviators player Mike Thomson recently returned to the from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers had a point in each of the three weekend games, including a goal against Danbury on Sunday. Matthew Puntureri and Mike Thomson both scored in the shootout, while Kevin Druce stopped all four Danbury tries to lift the New York Aviators over the Whalers 3-2 on Sunday night in Federal Hockey League action.

With the win, the A’s extended their winning streak to 11 straight games and also snapped the Whalers four game home winning streak.

Druce stopped 44 shots through 65 minutes of hockey to collect his 17th victory of the season, and has gained wins in his last nine starts.

The Whalers notched the game’s first goal early on the power play, as Chris Seifert buried his 15th tally of the season just 1:29 in for the 1-0 lead. A’s defenseman Stephen Obelnicki went to the box for slashing and Siefert shot the puck over the shoulder of Druce into the net.


Jon Madsen scored his first goal of the year against Rome in Saturday’s 4-3 victory. Jon Madsen scored his first goal of the year against Rome in Saturday’s 4-3 victory. New York had their opportunity to get on the board with three power play chances, however could not convert on the man advantage.

Seifert then netted his second goal of the game, his 16th of the season, at the 7:37 spot of the second period to give the Whalers the 2-0 edge, but the A’s cut the deficit in half close to the midway point.

The Aviators went to the power play 1:14 after Siefert’s goal when Lynn Beedle went in the box for Danbury on an elbowing call. Rob Miller’s club cashed in on their fourth chance of the game, after Andrew Scampoli potted his 14th marker of the year only 13 seconds into the man advantage.

Both teams registered nine shots in the second period, however it was the Whalers skating into the second intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Thomson picked up right where he left out for the A’s, after returning from the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, and tied things up in the third period on is 13th marker of the campaign with 8:34 left in regulation.

New York held the fort late in the game killing off a 5-on-3 power play for the Whalers to force the game into overtime. The extra session produced end-to-end action, however both goalies came up huge for their respected clubs. The best chance came off Siefert’s stick, but he rang his slapper of the post that allowed the game to head to the shootout.

The A’s won the skills competition 2- 0, and improve their record to 22-12-2 as Danbury drops to 17-5-5. January 29

Casey Mignone picked up the gamewinning goal on the power play late in the third period to lift New York over the Rome Frenzy 4-3 in Federal Hockey League action on Saturday night.

The Aviators have now put together 10 consecutive victories, and also won their 11th straight game on home ice to close out the month of January.

New York got on the board in the opening period after Jon Madsen collected his first goal in an Aviator jersey.

Madsen skated in from the point, and wristed Jesse Felten’s pass over the glove of Rome net minder Anthony Luckow for his second tally of the season at the 4:51 mark. Andrew Scampoli would then put the A’s up 2-0, as he knocked home a rebound in front for his 13th marker of the year 3:08 later.

Matt Puntureri netted his teamleading 23rd goal of the season 4:08 into the second period to give New York the 3-0 lead, however it was the Rome Frenzy putting together back to back goals to close out the middle frame. Anthony Monte grabbed his 28th tally of the campaign on a backhand that slipped past the legs of A’s goalie Peter Dundovich at the 15:46 spot. Then with 16 seconds left in the second, Marcus Gustaffson put home a one timer in the slot to cut the New York lead to one at 3-2.

Gustaffson would deposit his second goal of the night on the man advantage in the final frame to bring the score to 4-3, however it was not enough as New York hold on for the victory.

Dundovich stopped 25 shots to earn his fifth victory, while Luckow is charged with his fourth loss despite putting aside 30 Aviator tries. January 28

Casey Mignone scored two goals, and Andrew Scampoli chipped in with three points to help New York skate past the Cape Cod Barons 5-1 in Federal Hockey League action.

With the win, the A’s extend their winning streak to nine consecutive games, and also gain their 10th straight victory on home ice.

The opening frame was scoreless, but it saw New York throw 15 shots towards Barons’ net minder Chris Testa. However, the A’s could not get one past their former teammate who stopped all the pucks sent his way. New York and Cape Cod had their chances though to net a goal, but both clubs failed to convert on the man advantage.

This is the first time since January 6th that the Aviators were held without a goal in the first period on home ice, which came against the Danbury Whalers.

Cape Cod would open the scoring in the second period, after Anthony Cosmano deposited his seventh of the season at the 1:57 mark. Cosmano stuffed it past A’s goaltender Kevin Druce far side to give the Barons the 1- 0 lead. The A’s stormed back though, with three straight goals started by Mignone at the 7:30 mark. Mignone backhanded Scampoli’s pass short side under the pad of Testa for his 11th of the year to tie the game at one.

New York defenseman Jarrett Rush collected his first marker of the season just 1:45 later, as his shot from the point fluttered over the Baron goalie to give the A’s the 2-1 margin. Scampoli then capped off the period with a power play tally of his own, jamming home the loose puck in the crease with 1:39 remaining to push New York into the second intermission up 3-1.

The Aviators tacked on two more goals in the final frame, and skated to their 20th win of the season.

Druce stopped 22 of 23 shots to pick up his 16th victory of the year, while Testa is nabbed with his seventh loss despite stopping 33 shots. The Barons fall to 10-11-3 on the year.

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