2012-01-13 / Sports

Privateers Take Weekend Sweep Over Brooklyn

A four-goal third period sparked a huge comeback for the 1000 Islands Privateers as they knocked off the Brooklyn Aviators 6-4 at the Bonnie Castle Rec Center in Federal Hockey League Action on Saturday night.

Adam McCallister tallied the game-winning goal for the Privateers with just 1:32 left in the contest after 1000 Islands trailed 4-2 in the third period.

1000 Islands wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first period as Justin Levac gave his squad the 1-0 lead just 1:02 in.

With the Privateers on the power play, Brad Smulders - who had two points for 1000 Islands last night - found Levac on the doorstep and fed him with a pass that was tapped in for a goal.

Nick Grove though, tied it for Brooklyn, 1-1, at the 9:23 mark after his shot beat Privateers’ netminder Matt Anthony. Brooklyn forward Luke Schott fed Grove with a pass at the right point and his blast fought through the traffic for his first goal of the year.

Brooklyn took a 2-1 edge at the 8:11 spot of the second period on Schott’s power play goal. Chad Bazin went to the box for an interference call to give Brooklyn their third man advantage of the game.

A’s defenseman KC Timmons let a shot go from the right point and Schott picked up the loose puck, after two great rebound saves by Anthony, and roofed it for his third goal of the year.

Mike Richard tied the game for the Privateers on the power play 2:32 later, however Matt Atsoff put home a loose puck behind Anthony with 7:38 left in the middle frame for his 10th goal of the campaign.

Jesse Felten doubled the A’s lead, 4-2, at the 3:35 mark of the third period on his short-handed tally, which came on a 5-3 on penalty kill. Grove fed Felten with a pass that sent him on a breakaway and snapped it under the glove of Anthony for his 13th goal of the season. Mike Byrd and Brad Smulders would get the next two late in the frame for 1000 Islands to tie the game at 4-4.

Jeremy Akeson sealed it with an empty netter for the Privateers. Anthony picked up back-to-back wins after stopping 29 Brooklyn shots, while A’s netminder Pete Dundovich turned aside 32 in the losing effort.

The 1000 Islands Privateers picked up their first victory over the Brooklyn Aviators this season with a 4-1 win on Friday night at the Bonnie Castle Rec Center in Federal Hockey League action.

Brad Smulders, Adam McCallister, Chad Bazin, and Paul Kelly each had two points on the night for the Privateers, and goalie Matt Anthony recorded 32 saves in the victory.

After some back and forth action to kick off the first period, Brooklyn would go on two power play chances, however could not convert on the man advantages. Building off their two penalty kills, 1000 Islands struck first late in the frame to take a 1-0 lead. Kelly raced over the A’s blueline along the left wing, froze Brooklyn goalie Pete Dundovich long enough to move him out of position and found a streaking Smulders back door for his 15th goal of the season at the 16:22 mark.

1000 Islands doubled their lead 6:57 into the middle period, 2-0, after Ryan Pearson snapped home the puck from the left wing circle. Brooklyn quickly answered 16-seconds later, as Andrew Scampoli recorded his second goal of the season on a redirection in front of Anthony.

Defenseman Henry Coxe let a shot go from the right point and Scampoli deflected the puck through the five-hole of Anthony to cut deficit to 2-1.

The Privateers regained their twogoal edge, 3-1, halfway through the third and final period. Kelly got behind the Aviators defense and tapped in the pass from Bazin, who threw the puck towards the net from the right wing circle. McCallister sealed it with an empty netter for 1000 Islands with 13-seconds left. Dundovich is charged with the loss despite turning aside 30 shots.

On Wednesday night, the Aviators dropped their third straight game after a 4-2 defeat against the Cape Cod Bluefins at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Federal Hockey League action.

Brad Surdam had two goals and an assist to pace the Bluefins offense in the victory.

Cape Cod opened the scoring 6:24 into the first period to take a 1-0 lead over Brooklyn. Surdam, who was the FHL’s Rookie of the Month for November, collected his 10th goal of the season after redirecting a pass in front of A’s new netminder, Rick Scarsella.

The Aviators had two power play chances and outshot Cape Cod 15-11, however could not solve Bluefins goalie Chris Testa.

Nick Petriello tallied his first in an Aviator uniform with 4:38 left in the game to cut the deficit to 3-1. The former Buffalo State product put home a one-timer from the slot to get the Aviators on the board and snap Testa’s shutout bid. Kevin McCready, for Cape Cod, and Jesse Felten, for Brooklyn, added late goals each for their respective clubs.

Testa earns his sixth win of the year stopping 30 shots, while Scar-sella is charged with the loss despite making 26 saves

The Aviators are currently in third place in the Federal Hockey League. They currently trail first place New Jersey, 1000 Islands and are ahead of Danbury.

The Aviators return home tonight to take on New Jersey at the Aviator Sports Complex at 7:35 p.m. Brooklyn will travel to New Jersey for a Saturday night matchup and Danville will visit the Aviator Complex on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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