Federal League Championship
NEW YORK AVIATORS: Drop Game Two; Fail To Win On Home Ice. Face Must Win Situation On The Road.
Akwesasne Warriors lead series 2-0
As of Sunday, March 20 ~ GAME TWO:
For the first two periods, Jesse Felten kept the A's confident they'd be heading to Ontario, Canada for the next phase of this series tied at one game apiece having dropped Game One Saturday. After the first period, the Aviators led after Felten scored at the 8:39 mark (assisted by Michael Thomson). A little past the midway point of the second period, Jesse Felten scored his, and the Aviators second goal of the game (assisted by John Goffredo at 10:41) making the score 2-0 after two periods.
Then as if flying over the Bermuda Triangle, our Aviators' gauges went wacky; our compass spun out of control; and we lost all direction. After four and a half minutes into the third period, the Warriors unleashed a five minute assault that overwhelmed the A's.
An Akwesasne goal at the 4:35 mark started them on the war path. Seventeen seconds later this game was tied at two. Two minutes and fifty-four seconds after that, Akwesasne's Amhed Mahfouz scored his second goal of the period to give the Warriors their first lead at 3-2. And Akwasasne's Pierre Dagenais, not wanting to be out-done scored his second goal of the game at the 8:13 mark to make it 4-2
The dueling Akwesasne forwards were not done yet. At 9:49, Amhed Mahfouz completed the natural hat-trick with his third goal of the period. Michael Thomson (assisted by Matthew Puntureri; KC Timmons) managed to get a goal back for the Aviators on the power play to make the score 5-3 in favor of the visitors. But then, you kind of sensed it coming, Warrior Pierre Dagenais equalled his teammates feat with a natural hat-trick of his own scoring at the 12:12 mark to up their lead to 6-3.
With a half minute left in the game, Andrew Scampoli scored (assisted by Nick Vandenbeld; Michael Thomson) to make the score a bit more respectable. But the New York Aviators would lose 6-4 and go down in the Federal Hockey League's Championship Series 2-0.
The shots-on-goal totals were even for the teams at twenty-eight apiece; a manageable number. But for the second game in a row, Kevin Druce had trouble protecting a third period lead. This time he was knocked out of the box and replaced by Peter Dundovich who finished the last half of the final period.
The best three out of five series moves to Akwesasne, Ontario. The Aviators need to win the next two games to bring this series back home to Brooklyn for a Game Five.
Game One Results
Friday, March 25, 2011
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