2011-12-23 / Sports

Aviators Defeat Akwesasne To Snap Two Game Losing Streak


Jesse Felten is among the team’s leading scorers with 10 goals. Jesse Felten is among the team’s leading scorers with 10 goals. It was an up and down weekend for the Brooklyn Aviators.

The team snapped a two-game winless skid with a 5-2 victory over the Akwesasne Warriors on Sunday evening in Federal Hockey League action at the Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Rookies Andrew Owsiak and Matt Atsoff both had two goals each, and Jo St. Pierre stopped 37 shots in the win for the Aviators.

Brooklyn, which was shut out the night before by Cape Cod, took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission after goals from Jesse Felten and Owsiak. Felten put the A’s on the board first with a power play tally, his 10th of the year, with 4:01 left in the opening frame. Owsiak followed up with his ninth marker of the season, as he netted Brooklyn’s second goal with only 6 seconds left.

Former NHLer Pierre Dagenais cut the Brooklyn lead in half in the second period for the Warriors, as his leagueleading 27th goal of the season brought the score to 2-1. With Akwesasne on the power play, Dagenais let go a slap shot from the right wing circle that got over the shoulder of St. Pierre.


Matt Atsoff Scores for the Aviators. Matt Atsoff Scores for the Aviators. Astoff would tally at the 6:43 mark in the third period to give Brooklyn the 3- 1 edge. Dagenais collected his second of the game with 8:25 left in the game to cut the deficit back to one at 3-2. Owsiak and Atsoff tallied for the Aviators late in the game to ice it for Brooklyn, 5-2.

Warriors’ netminder David Plouffe stopped 42 shots in the losing effort for Akwesasne.

Brooklyn is currently in third place in the Federal Hockey League with a 9-7- 4 record and 31 points. New Jersey is in first place with 47 points and 1000 Islands is in second with 41 points.

The Aviators head to Danville, Ill. on Friday night to take on the Dashers at the David S. Palmer Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and can be viewed live via the FHL broadcast network, powered by LiveSportsVideo.com.


Josselin St. Pierre stops another shot. Photos by Robby Schwach Josselin St. Pierre stops another shot. Photos by Robby Schwach Great tickets are still on sale and can be purchased by calling 718-758-7580, or logging onto www.brooklynaviators.com, TODAY. Saturday Night

Chris Testa stopped all 39 shots he faced to propel the Cape Cod Bluefins over the Brooklyn Aviators, 3-0, on Saturday night in Federal Hockey League action at the Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Billy Tibbets netted the third goal for the Bluefins late in the final period to ice the victory for Cape Cod, giving the former NHLer two points on the night.

Cape Cod struck first in the opening frame at the 9:47 mark on AJ Tesoriero’s second goal of the season. Line mate David Lun fed him a perfect pass in front of A’s netminder Jo St. Pierre, and Tesoriero tapped the puck home to give the Bluefins a 1-0 lead after twenty.


Casey Mignone has 8 goals and 9 assists for the Aviators Casey Mignone has 8 goals and 9 assists for the Aviators Kevin McCready doubled the Bluefins lead, 2-0, with his eighth tally of the campaign at the 12:35 spot of the second period. McCready buried a onetimer from the right wing circle on a beautiful pass from Tibbets.

St. Pierre stopped 26 in the losing effort, while Testa earned his third win of the season in the shutout victory. Friday Night

The New Jersey Outlaws escaped with a 3-2 win over the Brooklyn Aviators on Friday night in Federal Hockey League action at the Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Kevin Cooper tallied the game-winning goal for New Jersey in the third period and also collected two assists to give him three points in the contest.


Andrew Owsiak is a rookie-of-the year Candidate with 22 points (10-12). Andrew Owsiak is a rookie-of-the year Candidate with 22 points (10-12). Brooklyn and New Jersey were unable to find the back of the net in the first period, as both goaltenders made big stops for their respective clubs. Jo St. Pierre made 13 saves in the first 20 minutes for Brooklyn, while Dan McWhinney turned aside 12 shots for the Outlaws.

The Outlaws struck first in the second frame, 1-0, when former Aviator Matt Puntureri snapped the puck over the left pad of St. Pierre at the 6:04 mark. Travis Kauffeldt quickly doubled New Jersey’s lead, 2-0, 2:10 later after a turnover left him alone in front of St. Pierre.

Kauffeldt made a nice move to his forehand and slammed the puck home for his 20th goal on the campaign. However, the Aviators responded with two markers late in the period from Jesse Felten and Andrew Owsiak. After Felten brought the score to within one at the 13:35 spot, Owsiak tied the game for Brooklyn on a shorthanded tally with just 33-seconds left in the second.

The Aviators pulled St. Pierre for the extra attacker late in the third, however, were unsuccessful in finding the equalizer as New Jersey escaped with a 3-2 victory.

St. Pierre stopped 26 in the loss, while McWhinney made 33 saves in the win.

When the Federal Hockey League began its second season this past September, things looked bright for a successful year. The league had expanded to include teams in Vermont, Illinois, and New Jersey and had seemingly fortified their test in Cape Cod last season into an actual franchise. The league had scheduled special games in Lewiston, Maine to exhibit quality hockey in attempt to lure an additional franchise to that town next year. Then the Titanic hit an iceberg.

The Vermont franchise all but folded before they played 12 games. Crowds in Maine dissipated after the first featured game, expecting more than they saw. The league, in an attempt to save the game dates lost in the schedule by Vermont folding, created a team of scrubs and outcasts, nicknamed the Federals, to play all away games at other rinks.

The first game involving the Federals saw their poor goalie facing more than 105 shots and the team lost 18-0. Obviously, competition and quality hockey were not among the league priorities.

Recently, the league posted a message that the Brooklyn Aviators’ games against Danville last weekend would not be played due to transportation problems involving the Danville team. But they were the HOME team. As the league passed the twenty-game mark (halfway? who knows now with one team gone and another unable to travel), their long-term survival prospects are at a crossroads.

The Brooklyn Aviators find themselves in fifth place in an eight team league where two of the teams (the aforementioned Vermont and Danville) are DOA or on life support. Their nine wins and 11 losses (four in overtime) put them just behind the Danbury Whalers in the standings. But with leading scorer Chris Ferrazzoli under team suspension for unknown reasons, and scorer Casey Mignone on the injury list for a few weeks, the future looks less than positive.

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