2012-03-02 / Sports

Winning Aviators Prepare For Final Regular Season Games

The Brooklyn Aviators earned their third straight win on February 26 with a 4-2 victory over their hosts, the Danville Dashers.

Tempers flared before the opening puck drop. The officials were required to make an early appearance during warm-ups when both teams came together in front of the scorer’s table for a pre-game discussion. It only took a little more than three minutes into the regulation time until a fight broke out. Dashers’ James Brooks went toe-to-toe with Lucas Schott. Schott got the worst end of the tussle as the team doctor spent several minutes with him in the penalty box to close a cut. It would not sway momentum in Danville’s favor as Henry Coxe got the Aviators on the board first with an assist being credited to Jesse Felten.

Another fight would break out moments later when Dashers’ captain Chris Affinati challenged Matt Astoff. When the dust settled both players were sent to the showers early and Brooklyn would be on the good end of a two man advantage. They made the most of the opportunity by doubling their lead off the stick of Andrew Scampoli. Felten would earn his second assist of the night and Nick Petriello would earn his first. Danville would notch their own powerplay goal, but it would only take the Aviators one minute and thirty seconds to reclaim a two goal lead.

Mike Thomson (assists to Lucas Schott and Chris Campanale) skated between the Dashers’ defensemen and beat Wydock glove side. The Dashers’ netminder would redeem himself later with a heart-stopping save as he dove to his right and snared a Chris Campanale shot going towards a wide open goal. Both offenses would struggle through the rest of the frame with the Aviators putting nine shots on goal while Danville could only muster four. Despite multiple powerplay opportunities, neither team could find room through the goalies’ pads. Brooklyn would take a 3-1 advantage into the final stanza.

Andrew Owsiak scored a late goal for the Aviators in the third period as Brooklyn won 4-2.

The Aviators (22-18-1-5, 73 points, fourth place in the FHL) will close the regular season with a home game tonight against Danbury at 7:35 p.m. at the Aviator Sports and Events Center. Brooklyn will have their final home game on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against New Jersey.

The Aviators will go on the road to first place New Jersey on Sunday afternoon at 4:35 p.m. February 23

The Brooklyn Aviators snapped their four-game losing skid in impressive fashion, as they defeated the Akwesasne Warriors 7-1 at the Aviator Sports and Events Center on Thursday night in Federal Hockey League action.

Seven different Aviators registered two or more points on the night, while netminder Mike DiLorenzo stopped all but one shot in the club’s victory.

The Aviators struck first, 1-0, in the opening frame at the 7:20 mark when Jason Dolgy snapped the puck under the glove of Akwesasne netminder Alex Vincente for his eighth tally of the year. Brooklyn then put together a highlight reel goal 5:18 later that was started by newcomer Chris Campanale.

The former CHL forward found a streaking Andrew Scampoli along the right wing, who then fed Mike Thomson with a pass in front which was tapped into the empty net to give the A’s a 2-0 edge. For Thomson that is his fourth marker of the campaign, and third tally in as many games. Matt Atsoff capped off the first with his 17th goal of the season after slamming home a loose rebound with 2:45 left in the period to put Brooklyn up 3-0.

Just 33 seconds into the second period, Joe Dabkowski buried his eighth marker of the year off a beautiful onetime pass from Steve Koich, who set Dabkowski up perfectly in the left wing circle. Up 4-0, Brooklyn continued to find the back of the net on Thomson’s second of the game and fifth of the season.

Atsoff fed the second-year Aviator with a beautiful back door pass at the 5:58 spot of the frame putting Brooklyn on top, 5-0. Akwesasne’s Martin Beaulne registered the only goal for the Warriors halfway through the second period, as he put home Pierre Dagenais’ pass from the right post to spoil DiLorenzo’s shutout bid.

Nick Petriello and Dolgy added two tallies for Brooklyn in the third frame.

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