2011-03-25 / Sports

Aviators Only Game Away From Championship Defeat


Congressman Anthony Winer (pictured middle) drops the ceremonial puck between Akwesasne Warriors player Patrick Deraspe and Aviators defenseman Matthew Puntureri. Photos by Howard Schwach. Congressman Anthony Winer (pictured middle) drops the ceremonial puck between Akwesasne Warriors player Patrick Deraspe and Aviators defenseman Matthew Puntureri. Photos by Howard Schwach. The New York Aviators got out to another early lead on Saturday night in Game 2 of the Federal Hockey League championship series.

But for the second time in as many nights saw that lead disappear in the final period and took the loss by the score of 6-4 to the Akwesasne Warriors. The loss puts New York’s backs against the wall, down two games to none in this best-of-five series.

Ahmed Mahfouz and Pierre Dagenais each notched hat tricks in the final period and led Akwesasne to the victory. Jesse Felten led the way offensively for the A’s and scored 2 goals on the night. Felten’s pair of goals ties him with Matthew Puntereri for the most of any Aviator player this postseason with 6. Michael Thomson and Andrew Scampoli each added goals late, but it wasn’t enough for New York.


Nick Grove (left) watches Aviators teammate and goalkeeper Kevin Druce make a fine glove save. Nick Grove (left) watches Aviators teammate and goalkeeper Kevin Druce make a fine glove save. The Aviators jumped out to a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the first frame. From behind his own net, Thomson found Felten streaking at the opposite blue line and he slammed the puck home to give New York the early lead.

The physical play between these two teams continued in the second period. Several penalties and scuffles made for an interesting period where the A’s added onto their lead. Felten found the back of the net again, this time off a beautiful feed from John Goffredo that led him right to the goal. With just one period remaining, the A’s clung to a 2-0 lead.

The game took an unexpected turn for the worse for the A’s in the final frame. Mahfouz finally put the Warriors on the board with 15:25 remaining. Just 17 seconds later, Dagenais would also light the lamp and all of a sudden the score was tied. Mahfouz and Dagenais would each add two more goals in the period which put the Aviators faithful into a state of shock.

Although New York fought back late, they came up short and find themselves one game away from elimination.

Aviator’s goaltender Kevin Druce, who was chased out of goal and replaced by Peter Dundovich after allowing the first 5 Akwesasne goals, takes the loss and moves to 3-3-1 this postseason. Warrior’s net minder David Plouffe put together his second stellar performance in a row in this series and improves to 5-1-0.

New York will try to stay alive in Game 3 of this best-of-five series on Friday night at Akwesasne. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. and can be watched live on the FHL Sports Network at LiveSportsVi deo.com.

For more information on the Aviators, log onto newyorkaviators.com, or call 718- 758-7580. New York Loses Game 1

The Aviators welcomed the Akwesasne Warriors of Ontario, Canada to Brooklyn Saturday night for game one of the Federal Hockey League’s Championship Series. Despite getting out to an early 3-1 lead in the first period, the A’s were unable to hold off the Warriors and were handed the 4-3 loss. New York went two for seven on the man advantage and netminder Kevin Druce turned away twenty shots in the contest.

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