Aviators Finally Snap Winless Overtime Streak
When the game ended after four minutes into overtime last Friday night, Brooklyn Aviators coach Rob Miller looked up at the scoreboard. His Aviator team, winless in four previous overtime games this season, had finally prevailed in an extra frame in a 6-5 victory over Cape Cod.
Maybe it was an early Christmas present, but Miller had to be happy with the way some of his players had stepped up to fill the void left by the loss of team scoring leader Chris Ferrazzoli, and high-scoring forward Casey Mignone. Ferrazzoli has apparently left the team altogether, while Mignone heals an injury that may keep him out of action until the New Year.
First among those elevating their level of play was Andrew Owsiak. The rookie, straight from a successful career at Dartmouth, had become the team’s scoring leader.
Trentowski, too, has risen above the fray, coming to the Aviators via a short stint in the SPHL after four years playing for Yale.
Although a solid defenseman, Trentowski has vaulted into fourth among team scoring leaders, with 5 goals and 10 assists in 19 games.
Jordan Bernier has also started to show some results that match his early season potential, scoring two goals and getting two assists in the two games against Cape Cod last weekend.
The win against Cape Cod was never guaranteed, even with the Aviators leading 3-1 late in the first period, based on goals by Bernier, Owsiak and Felten. Cape Cod scored four straight goals through the second period, before Aviator Lucas Schott brought the team within one goal in the second period, with assists to Bernier and Steve Koich.
Schott, a recent team addition after being let go by Danbury, saw another new Aviator, Brendan Baumgartner, tie the game in the third period. Baumgartner, from Edmonton, Alberta, played 11 games in the SPHL, but has had an impressive roller hockey career. He took a pass from Owsiak to score the game-tying goal.
Owsiak’s game winner in overtime raised Brooklyn to fourth place in the FHL. The Aviators have away games against the league-leading New Jersey Outlaws this Thursday and Friday before returning home for a special 5:00 p.m. game on Saturday against Cape Cod.