FEDERAL HOCKEY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Akwesasne Leads Series 2-1
NEW YORK AVIATORS
The Game Went Final
The Game Went Final
NEW YORK AVIATORS: A's Gain Life In Game Three. Will Try And Tie Series Tonight. A Deciding Game Five Would Be Played In Brooklyn.
Throughout these playoffs, the big period has undone or propelled all participating teams. This series has been no different. Last night, the New York Aviators rode a big second period to victory over the Akwesasne Warriors and are now officially back in this series. Although the A's are still down two games to one. A victory tonight by the Aviators would tie this series and bring it back to Brooklyn for a Game Five Show-Down Monday night at the Hangar where the FHL will finally crown a champion.
Last night in Ontario, Canada - The Aviators opened up the scoring when Casey Mignone (assisted by Warren Galloway; Angelo Serse) scored four and a half minutes into the game. At the 12:47 mark, Akwesasne tied the score 1-1 and that's the way the period would end.
Andrew Scampoli put the Aviators up by a goal again at 7:39 (assisted by KC Timmons) of the second period. Then at 9:22, KC Timmons got called for a hooking penalty that the Warriors cashed in on with a power play goal at the 10:12 mark.
At 10:25, the Aviators struck right back with the first of three unanswered goals they'd score to close out the second period. John Goffredo's goal (assisted by Andrew Scampoli; Jesse Felten) put New York up 3-2. At 13:34 N.Y.'s Nicholas Kuqali got whistled for a holding penalty. On the ensuing penalty kill, A's Nick Vandelbeld scored a pick-me-up, unassisted, shorthanded goal for the visiting team, which put them up 4-2. And at 15:54, Angelo Serse gave the Aviators a 5-2 lead (assisted by Stephen Obelnicki) they'd take into the second intermission.
Half way through the final period, Akwesasne closed the score to 5-3. But that's as close as they would get. The New York Aviators sealed the game when Stephen Obelnicki scored, unassisted, on an empty Warrior's net.
A's goalie Kevin Druce faced 42 shots and stopped 39 of them. He reversed the trend of the last two games when Akwesasne turned the third period into their personal skating sessions and mounting comebacks. Seventeen of Akwesasne's forty-two shots on goal came in the third period. On this night, Kevin Druce stayed solid and has given the Aviators life.
The final score of 6-3 says the skaters from Brooklyn are indeed alive and well. A win tonight and the series comes back to the Borough of Kings for a decisive Game Five.
Let's Go Aviators!!