2012-01-27 / Sports

Aviators Take Weekend Sweep: Owsiak Promoted

The Brooklyn Aviators defeated the Cape Cod Bluefins 3-1 on Saturday night at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Federal Hockey League action. Aviators netminder Jo St. Pierre picked up his second win, in as many nights, after stopping 29 of 30 Cape Cod shots.

Jesse Felten put the Aviators on the board, 1-0, 4:24 into the first period on a beautiful play in front started by Lucas Schott and Chase Watson, who each picked up their fifth point in two games with the assists. Andrew Hutton quickly found the equalizer for the Bluefins 1:03 later after putting home a rebound past St. Pierre. Matt Atsoff would then give Brooklyn a 2-1 edge on is 11th marker of the year with 3:10 left to go in the opening frame.

The red light did not go on in the second period, as both clubs were unable to produce any scoring. Both goalies were helped by the goal posts, but it was Brooklyn skating into the second intermission with the 2-1 lead.

Brooklyn doubled their edge late in the third period on KC Timmons’ power play marker at the 17:23 mark. Timmons let a blast go from the center point that got past Bluefins goalie Wes Vesprini putting the A’s up 3-1.

Vesprini is charged with the loss despite making 28 saves.

Brooklyn is currently in fifth place in the FHL with 49 points. Aviators Finally Defeat Outlaws

The Brooklyn Aviators picked up their first win of the season over the New Jersey Outlaws 6-1 at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Federal Hockey League action on Friday night.

Lucas Schott and Chase Watson each had four points in the win, but it was Schott turning in a hat trick for Brooklyn.

Brooklyn jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first period of play. Casey Mignone put the A’s on top, 1-0, 4:14 into the opening frame, as his wrister beat Outlaws netminder Adam Dekker glove side. Schott would get his first of two at the 9:21 mark doubling Brooklyn’s edge 2-0, while his second of the period came on a backhand that chased Dekker from the cage with 4:37 left in the first.

The power play fueled the second period offensively for the Aviators, as the club scored two goals on the man advantage to take a 5-0 lead over the Outlaws. Schott completed the hat trick after his third goal of the contest put Brooklyn up 4-0 just 2:24 in.

Watson collected his first of the game, also on the power play, after his snap shot beat new Outlaws goalie Dan McWhinney at the 11:17 spot of the frame.

Brendan Baumgartner scored the sixth goal for the Aviators in the game, 2:17 into the third period.

Owsiak Called Up By ECHL

The Brooklyn Aviators, proud member of the Federal Hockey League, have announced today that rookie forward Andrew Owsiak has been called up by the Toledo Walleye of the East Coast Hockey League.

Owsiak, 24, recorded 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 27 games played for the Aviators this season.

“Andrew has been one of our hardest working players all year, so it was no surprise that he was called up,” said team president and head coach, Rob Miller. “We wish him the best of luck, and we know he will do great.”

The Dartmouth College product was recently named the FHL’s Rookie of the Month for his play during December. Owsiak led Brooklyn with nine goals and 13 points in 10 games, while also chipping in with four assists. Owsiak had a hat trick on December 31, against the Cape Cod Bluefins. The native of Moose Jaw, Saskatch-ewan skated in 107 career games for Dartmouth, where he had 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points. Prior to Dartmouth, Owsiak spent three years in Junior (SJHL, AJHL) and registered 108 career points in 120 contests.

Owsiak, and former Aviators Jarrett Rush and Vladimir Nikiforov, are all currently playing at the ‘AA’ level. Toledo is the current affiliate of the AHL’s Rockford Icehogs and Grand Rapids Griffins, and NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

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