2011-03-11 / Sports

Traveling Aviators Seek To Take Control Of FHL Series At Danbury


Jesse Felten scored three goals and had two assists in the Aviators’ Game 1 win. Jesse Felten scored three goals and had two assists in the Aviators’ Game 1 win. The Danbury Whalers beat the New York Aviators by a score of 5-2 in Federal Hockey League playoff action last Saturday night. With the win, the Whalers even the best-of-five series at 1-1 as the competition moves to Danbury.

Last night’s thrilling opening period was just a distant memory as neither team capitalized on the combined ten power play opportunities in the opening frame and the contest was scoreless after the first 20 minutes of play.

The two teams remained scoreless until Danbury’s Alec Kirschner opened up the scoring on a power play goal with 11:14 remaining in the second period. Less than a minute later, fellow Whaler Sean O’Malley took advantage of another power play chance and lit the lamp again to give visiting Danbury a 2-0 lead.

New York’s John Goffredo cut the Danbury lead in half, finally giving the Aviator fans something to cheer about when he beat Whaler’s goaltender Peter Vetri to make the score 2-1. But the Whalers would recapture their two goal cushion thanks to a goal from Lynn Beedle, who snuck the third goal of the period past Aviators goalie Kevin Druce with just over 2 minutes remaining in the period. The Whalers took a 3-1 lead into the locker room with just one period left to play.


New York coach Rob Miller (left) was honored as the FHL coach of the year. New York coach Rob Miller (left) was honored as the FHL coach of the year. Things only got worse for the Aviators in the third period as Kirschner would add his second goal of the night, shortly followed by another insurance goal to bring the score to 5-1.

By the time Nick Vandenbeld scored late in the third, the game was already well in hand and Danbury had tied up the postseason series.

Druce took his lumps this evening, being replaced by John Dorman late in the third period. He takes the loss and goes to 1-1-0. Vetri rebounded with an impressive performance taking his record to 1-1-0.


FHL MVP and Aviators goalie Kevin Druce (right) tries to stop a shot attempt on Friday night against the Danbury Whalers. All photos by Robbie Schwach. FHL MVP and Aviators goalie Kevin Druce (right) tries to stop a shot attempt on Friday night against the Danbury Whalers. All photos by Robbie Schwach. Each team will look to take the upper hand in Game 3 of this best-of-five series on Friday night, this time on the Whalers home ice.

The puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. and can be watched live on the FHL Sports Network at LiveSportsVid eo.com.

Game 4 will be held on Saturday night in Danbury and if necessary, the deciding fifth and final game will be held at Aviator Sports at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the Aviators, log onto newyorkaviators.com, or call 718-758-7580.

Aviators Win Game 1

The New York Aviators made things look easy Friday night in Federal Hockey League playoff action and took a 1-0 advantage in a best of five series, cruising to victory over the visiting Danbury Whalers by a score of 9-2. Seven different Aviators were credited with a goal but it was A’s center Jesse Felten who led the way with a hat trick.


Matt Putureri was named to the all-FHL team. Matt Putureri was named to the all-FHL team. From the moment the puck dropped, it was evident that New York was looking to take control early and they never looked back.

As expected, both teams came out playing aggressively in the opening frame but the hometown A’s dominated a majority of the period with the help of four different goal scorers. Andrew Scampoli, Warren Galloway and Jesse Felten each found the back of the net early on, and before 7 minutes of play were through, the A’s had taken a commanding 3-0 lead.

Just a few minutes later, Danbury got on the board with a power play goal off the stick of Devin Guy to cut the A’s lead to two. However, the Whalers were unable to stop the bleeding in the first and allowed yet another goal to A’s center K.C Timmons who beat Whalers’ goalie Nick Neidert top shelf, stretching the lead back to three and New York took a 4-1 lead into the locker room.


New York Aviators player Jarrett Rush received the Federal Hockey League Defenseman of the Year prior to Game 1. New York Aviators player Jarrett Rush received the Federal Hockey League Defenseman of the Year prior to Game 1. The Aviators controlled the entire second period and lengthened their lead once again.

Felten scored his second in as many periods to widen the A’s lead to four. John Goffredo, a native of Washingtonville, NY, beat Neidert again just minutes later to give New York a 6-1 lead. Aviator goaltender Kevin Druce continued his stellar play in net, pushing away all Danbury shots on goal during the period and New York held on to a comfortable 6-1 lead heading to the third and final period.

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