2012-01-20 / Sports

Tough Times For Brooklyn Continue On The Ice

By Robby Schwach

The Brooklyn Aviators continued their up and down ways, winning one of their four games last week. On Wednesday night, January 11, the team traveled to Cape Cod to take on the Bluefins at the Hyannis Sports and Recreation Center.

Bluefin fans enjoy the Ice Girls cheerleader performances during breaks in the action, and it’s possible the Aviators were watching them, too. By the time the girls were done, the Aviators were down 3-0 halfway through the third period. Newcomer Nick Petriello scored his first goal as an Aviator in the second period, with assists from Ken Trentowski and Brendan Baumgartner. Petriello played a handful of games for Louisiana and Mississippi of the SPHL earlier this season before joining the Aviators.

In his four years at SUNY/Buffalo, the Ontario native scored 52 goals and had 81 assists. Felten scored late in the game, with assists from Henry Coxe and Paul Weisser, but the Avs lost 4-2.

The team returned home for their Friday night game, looking to knock off first place New Jersey, The Outlaws had other plans, and scored three goals before the first period was halfway over. As some fans left early, the visitors were up 5-1 after the second period and were clearly in control.

In a brief attempt at a comeback in the last period, Brooklyn’s Chase Watson and Petriello scored to make the game a respectable 5-3 before the Outlaws answered back with two goals of their own to win 7-3. Watson, another new pickup, is a 29-year-old from Pennsylvania, played five years in the ECHL and will be looked at to add some scoring punch.

Former Aviator Matt Puntereri, tied for sixth in the FHL scoring race, scored a power play goal in the third period for his new team and proceeded to mock his former Aviator teammates with various unsportsmanlike gestures, including pretending to swim and drown on the ice, collecting a two minute penalty after the show.

Brooklyn traveled to New Jersey on Saturday night, losing in a shootout, but not before Felten, Lucas Schott and Casey Mignone all scored for the Aviators.

Sunday afternoon’s game against the Danville Dashers worked in the Aviators’ favor, beating the 1-24 team by a score of 3-1. Chase Watson, Jesse Felten and Andrew Scampoli scored for Brooklyn. Dan ville’s only goal came on the power play. After the game, more than 100 fans were treated to free skate rentals to skate with team members Brendan Baumgartner, Colin Ronayne, Felten and Jeff Rose.

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