Aviators’Roller Coaster Ride Continues
The Aviators began their weekend with a home game against the Vermont Wild last Thursday night. The Wild, an expansion team, had not yet won a game since the season began. Their historical victory occurred as Jason Dolgy scored only a half minute into overtime, erasing an Aviator third-period comeback to force overtime. Chris Jones scored twice for the Aviators in the loss.
The Aviators traveled to Hyanis, Massachusetts to face the Cape Cod Bluefins on Friday night. The Aviators had lost to the Bluefins twice this season, but seemed to solve the puzzle this time with a 6-2 victory. Jordan Bernier and Chris Ferrazzoli each scored twice for the Aviators, but the bigger story was the performance by goalie Peter Dundovich who made 50 saves while getting his first win of the season.
Goaltending has been under the spotlight this season, as the Aviators try to replace the stellar performance of last year’s league MVP, Kevin Druce. Druce left pro hockey after last season, leaving the Aviators with a literal hole in front of their net. Dundovich, an able back-up last year, has returned, but the Aviators also picked up Tommy Lee, who had played in the SPHL last year. Neither goalie had seemed to “step up” to fill the main starting role.
Returning home to face last year’s nemesis, the Danbury Whalers, the A’s looked to begin a string of victories. Instead, the Aviators lost 3-2. The game was exciting throughout, with rushes back and forth and several chances for both teams that were thwarted by a combination of good goaltending and well-placed metal posts. Anthony Iaquinto and Andrew Owsiak scored for the Aviators.
The Aviators play away Wednesday night before returning for back-toback home games against Cape Cod on Friday night (November 18) at 7:35 p.m., and the expansion Danville Dashers on Saturday night (November 19) at 7:05 p.m.
The team has a rare home game on a Wednesday night on November 23 when they face the Thousand Island Privateers at 7:35 p.m.