2012-03-09 / Sports

Aviators Start First Round FHL Playoffs At Home


Last Friday night, more than 300 people representing Scholars’ Academy and the local Rockaway Cub Scout group attended the Aviators game. Photos by Corey Schwach. Last Friday night, more than 300 people representing Scholars’ Academy and the local Rockaway Cub Scout group attended the Aviators game. Photos by Corey Schwach. The Brooklyn Aviators closed out the regular season with back to back victories over the regular season champion, New Jersey Outlaws, with a 4-3 victory at the Capital One Ice Vault last Sunday afternoon. The big crowd of 1,259 and the playoff type atmosphere saw a back and forth contest between the two teams.

In the first period, Brooklyn struck first when Andrew Scampoli found the back of the net from Michael Thomson and Brian Marks at 10:06. The Outlaws would answer late in the period when Matt Miller scored on a feed from Anthony Battaglia and Trever Karasiewicz at the 16:00 mark of the first. The teams ended the period tied at 1-1 on 11 shots apiece.

In the second, the back and forth would continue. Brooklyn would score on the power play at 1:00 of the second when Jesse Felton scored from Chris Campanale and Henry Coxe. Once again, the Outlaws fought back at 7:35 when Anthony Battaglia wristed one just under the crossbar from Karasiewicz and Miller.

With just 1:03 to go in the second, Brooklyn would take a lead they would not relinquish when Jason Dolgy scored from Rob Schweyer and Ken Trentowski.

In the third, Brooklyn struck early at 3:27 when Casey Mignone got the game-winning goal from Steve Koich and Trentowski. The Outlaws got a late goal from Matt Miller with 3:21 to go, but they couldn’t find the equalizer despite several opportunities to tie it.

Brooklyn finished the regular season with a 25-19-5-1 record and a fourth place mark in the FHL standings. The Aviators will take on the Danbury Whalers in the first round of the FHL Playoffs in a best-of-three series starting tonight at 7:35 p.m. at the Aviator Sports and Events Center. Tickets can be purchased at the arena and are general admission, with prices set at: $12- adult, $10–child/senior, and VIP Skybox-$17.

This is the second time in Aviators history that Brooklyn will face off against the Whalers in the first round of the playoffs. Last season, Brooklyn defeated Danbury in five games to advance to the FHL championship.

The Aviators will play Game 2 of the series in Danbury on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. If necessary, game three will be in Danbury with puck drop scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

For more information, please call the Aviators at 718-758-7580, or log onto BrooklynAviators.com.

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