2011-02-25 / Sports

First Place Aviators Stretch Winning Streak To 20

Casey Mignone scored a goal and added an assist in the Aviators 5-2 win last Sunday night. Photos by Robby Schwach. Casey Mignone scored a goal and added an assist in the Aviators 5-2 win last Sunday night. Photos by Robby Schwach. The New York Aviators hit the road for their third and final game of the week Sunday evening, February 20 in Cape Cod. Coming off back-to-back wins at home, the A’s went searching for their 20th win in a row and found it. The A’s struck first with a goal from Chris Holmes (Steve Obelnicki) at 4:28. A’s goalie John Dorman was solid in the frame, as Holmes’ goal would prove to be the lone goal of the period leaving the score at 1-0 heading into the second stanza.

Nick Vandenbeld added another to New York’s total at 11:12 in the second from Casey Mignone and Andrew Scampoli. Shortly after, Cape Cod attempted to close the gap with a shot from Vincent Amigone to put the match at 2-1.

However, Matt Puntureri and Angelo Serse would add back-to-back goals to extend the A’s lead to 4-1 heading into the final period.

Aviators goaltender Kevin Druce has won 15 games in a row and has not lost a game since December 26, 2010. Aviators goaltender Kevin Druce has won 15 games in a row and has not lost a game since December 26, 2010. Aaron Boyer tried to give the Barons life at 2:08 in the third, but Dorman stood tall and did not allow another Cape Cod goal, turning away 40 shots during the match. Mignone added a cap to the night at 18:08 for the A’s to put the final score at 5-2.

With this win, the Aviators collected their 20th win in a row and improve to 31-12-2 on the season. The A’s also extended their hold on first place in the FHL, leading Akwesasne by three points.

Playoff Schedule Announced For New York Aviators: When the FHL announced the shutdown of the Rome Frenzy a few weeks ago, the league decided to bump the start of the playoffs to this week.

The first place Aviators will begin their best of five semifinals at home against Danbury on March 4 at 7:05 p.m. The second game at the Aviator Sports Complex is on Saturday, March 5 at 7:05 p.m. The series switches to Danbury as the third game will be held on March 11.

If it’s necessary, the fourth game is on March 12 and the deciding fifth game will move back to New York on March 13.

Akwesasne and Thousand Islands began their best of five playoff series on February 24. Thousand Islands will be the host for their second contest on March 26. The third game is at Thousand Islands on March 27 and if necessary, a fourth game will be played at Thousand Islands on March 4.

The fifth and final deciding game is on March 5.

The championship series will begin the week of March 14 at a venue and time to be determined.

February 19: The New York Aviators prolonged their current hot streak on Saturday night in Federal Hockey League action and picked up their 19th consecutive win by beating the visiting Akwesasne Warriors by a score of 6-4. For New York, the win leapfrogs them past Akwesasne for sole possession of first place in the FHL with 62 points on the year and improves their record to 30-12-2.

Casey Mignone led the scoring with 2 goals and 2 assists while Andrew Scampoli added a goal and 2 assists of his own.

The first period belonged to the Aviators. Even after Akwesasne’s Maths Johansson beat A’s goaltender Kevin Druce to open up the scoring just 1:46 in, three different Aviators scored a goal in the remainder of the frame to give New York the lead after the first period. Nick Vandenbeld led things off for the A’s to even things at 1-1 and Jesse Felten used some fancy stick handling to beat a Warrior defender on his way to a beautiful goal, his 20th of the year.

Casey Mignone lit the lamp again with just 39 seconds remaining in the first to give New York a 3-1 lead heading to the second period.

The two teams exchanged goals in the second period. Mignone added his second goal of the night to stretch the lead to 4-1 on his 19th tally of the year. But with just under 2 minutes remaining in the period, Akwesasne’s Martin Beaulne received a pass in front of the net and drilled it home for his 24th goal of the year, pulling the Warriors back to within two with a score of 4-2 heading to the third and final period.

The final 20 minutes was filled with intensity and goal scoring but lacked drama as New York controlled their lead comfortably throughout the final period. Akwesasne’s Migueal Delisle brought the Warriors back to within one just 52 seconds into the period. But this was as close as they would come as Scampoli joined in on the goal scoring later in the period to pad the A’s lead. Christopher Holmes shortly added another insurance goal and became the fifth Aviator of the night to find the back of the net. Patrick Deraspe made things closer for the Warriors late in the third but it wasn’t enough as New York hung on for the win.

February 18: The New York Aviators returned home Friday night and earned their 18th consecutive victory with a 4-1 win over the Cape Cod Barons by a score of 4-1 in Federal Hockey League action.

John Goffredo notched a hat trick while Matthew Puntureri added a goal of his own to lead the A’s to yet another victory. Goffredo continues to have his way with the Barons, ending his night with his 24th goal of the year, 13 of them coming against Cape Cod.

The Barons struck first with a goal from Aaron Boyer at 12:53, his team leading 18th on the year. Cape Cod controlled the puck for a majority of the first period, but was unable to add to their early one goal lead even with the help of a power play opportunity later in the frame. It would cost them, as the Aviator’s own leading scorer, Puntureri, scored a breakaway goal, his 26th of the season, with just over a minute to go and tied the scoring at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.

The story of the second period looked like it was going to be both teams’ ability to successfully kill their opponent’s power play opportunities. The Barons again failed to take advantage of their power play opportunity early in the period.

The Aviators also came up empty handed on their two overlapping power plays during the period, which gave them a 5-3 man advantage for almost a full minute. The third time was the charm for New York when they were given a one-man advantage for a full five minutes after Cape Cod’s Aaron Boyer was whistled for a major penalty. During that span, Goffredo found the back of the net twice in 40 seconds to give New York a 3-1 lead heading into the final period.

The third period was dominated by the A’s new goaltender John Dorman, who turned away all shots on goal by the visiting Barons. Goffredo added his third and final goal to add even more insurance to New York’s lead. Dorman picked up his first FHL win stopping 23 shots, while Baron’s goaltender Chris Testa takes the loss, dropping him to 2-10-0 on the year.

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