Sunday, March 27, 2011

N.Y. AVIATORS ~ No Championship For The A's; Lose Game Four


Federal Hockey League Champions
of Ontario, Canada

This photo of the "Winning Warriors" was taken by and provided to me
by Allison Papineau.

To my fellow Hockey Fan and neighbor in the Great White North,
I thank you very kindly.  And once again, congratulations to the
Akwesasne Warriors; 2010-2011 FHL Champions.

From the desk of:  The Coolest Guys In Brooklyn

NEW YORK AVIATORS:  Fall to Akwesasne in four games.

Inaugural Season
Federal Hockey League Champions

Warriors win series three games to one.

Don't let the scoreboard fool you.  This wasn't another third period barrage that did in the A's.  This was just one of those things.  You have to pull the goalie when the situation is dire.  A coach who doesn't gets fired for not coaching.  The problem is, the New York Aviators got burned twice by the move late in the third period while trying to come back from a 3-2 deficit. 

What the A's will probably rue most is giving up a power play goal at 5:01 of the third period after John Goffredo got whistled for hooking.  With only four seconds to go for a successful penalty kill, Akwesasne's Miguel Delisle scored a back breaking goal which is what really did the Aviators in last night.  Delisle's goal made the score 3-1 in favor of the Warriors with one second short of fifteen minutes left remaining in regulation time. 

Now down by two, Michael Thomson scored (assisted by Matthew Puntureri; Nick Vandenbeld) to get the Aviators within a goal again.  They still had over half of the third period left to try and muster one more goal for a tie.  They peppered Warrior's goalie, David Plouffe, with 18 of their 38 shots on goal in the third period.  But then it started getting a little too late for the A's and trying to score the conventional way.  At 18:55, Akwesasne scored the first of two goals after New York pulled goalie Kevin Druce in favor of the extra skater.  Two empty net goals made the final score 5-2 in favor of the team from Canada.

These two teams finished one and two in the regular season.  The Aviators needed a ferocious finish to place first in the standings and ended the season with a 32-13-3 record and 66 points.  Akwesasne finished in second place with a 30-16-1 record and 61 points.

During the playoffs, the Akwesasne Warriors played perfect hockey on the road skating their way to a 4-0 record as visitors.   Today, they are the Federal Hockey League's inaugural season champions.  They win the series in convincing fashion; three games to one.


The winning team's celebratory photo and the FHL Commissioner's Cup can be seen on the Federal Hockey League's website:  Federal Hockey League

New York Aviators
Akwesasne Warriors

To the New York Aviators, thank you for a great season! 

And you're still The Coolest Guys In Brooklyn.



  1. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Nice article the boys worked hard for this win as so did the Owner and staff behind the scenes to keep the organization going through all the changes with management and players throughout the season.

  2. Dear Anonymous,
    Thank you for the kind words. I haven't spoken much to the behind-the-scene contributions many have made. But I assure you I am some-what aware of the hard work being put into Hangar 5. I'm just a friend of someone who "knows"; it's just a neighborhood thing. I for one, am very appreciative to have Aviator Hockey in Brooklyn. Through this blog I will continue to be a big fan, root and hope for the success of ownership, Brooklyn Hockey and the FHL.


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