Aviators Gain NewYear’s Eve Win Over Cape Cod
The Brooklyn Aviators entered last weekend’s games with a chance to make a splash in the Federal Hockey League. After setting into a comfortable fourth place in the league, their challenge was to take one or both games from the league-leading New Jersey Outlaws.
Unfortunately, the Outlaws were dominant, beating Brooklyn 6-3 and 8- 0 on successive nights at their home in Wayne, New Jersey.
The Outlaws jumped out quickly to a 1-0 lead in Thursday night’s game, and followed it up with another goal until Aviator Jordan Bernier scored on the power play with five minutes left to send the A’s down 2-1 after one period. New Jersey came out flying in the second and scored two goals to out them up 4-1 after two periods.
Aviator Casey Mignone, sporting a new facemask after an earlier injury caused him to miss two weeks, scored two goals 1:47 apart to bring the Aviators back, before the Outlaws shut the door with two more goals.
Tyler Barr scored twice, and Travis Kauffeldt had a goal (on a penalty shot) and three assists for New Jersey. Aviator goalie Peter Dundovich gave up six goals off 25 shots in the first two periods before being replaced.
The Aviators returned home on New Year’s Eve to face the Cape Cod Bluefins, but without two key members. Starting goalie Josselin St. Pierre wasn’t dressed for the game, and forward Jordan Bernier made his way into the arena on crutches, with his leg in a cast.
Also missing was team captain, Jarrett
The Aviators got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the game’s first few minutes, with goals by Matt Atsoff (from Jesse Felten and Matt Drikos) and Lucas Schott (Felten and Andrew Owsiak).
After Cape Cod’s Todd Chinova scored to bring the Bluefins within one, the A’s opened up on Cape Cod, scoring four more goals in the first period, including a hat trick by Andrew Owsiak and another goal by Atsoff.
A’s forward Anthony Iaquinto, back after one game and a cup of coffee in Laredo (CHL) opened up the second period’s scoring, putting the Aviators ahead 7-1.
The Bluefins scored twice in the third to round out the scoring.
The Aviators’ newest acquisition, goalie Jeff Rose, played in place of St. Pierre, and looked good for most of the game, with deft glove work and very aggressive play.
Time will tell whether Coach Rob Miller will choose to keep Rose on for awhile, or stay with his St. Pierre/Dundovich tandem.
Aviator Alumni update- Vlad Nikiforov, who dazzled Aviator fans and Aviator opponents at the beginning of the year, has proven his call-up to be genuine, scoring nine goals and getting 12 assists in 13 games for Bloomington in the CHL. Jarrett Rush seems to be fitting in with Elmira, and their team is vying for first place in the ECHL.
He is +3 after three games there. Defenseman Nick Kuqali is +7 after 23 games with the Mississippi Surge of the SPHL.