OPENING NIGHT at HANGAR #5
Air tower, clear the landing strip at Floyd Bennett Field. The Aviators are finally coming home. After opening the season in Lewiston , Maine on Thursday and playing in Hyannis, Massachusetts on Friday night, it's time for the local blades to take to their home ice off Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
The Aviators took Game One of the season in a return match scheduled in Maine against the defending FHL champion, Akwesasne Warriors. Two goals in the third period and playing shut-down defense over the last forty minutes Thursday, along with Thomas Lee's 29 saves helped the A's gain victory.
However, in Friday night's game against the Cape Cod Bluefins, two goals by Casey Mignone were good enough to get the A's into overtime. But they couldn't manage to score another in the extra session. Cape Cod beat them to it when Dan Gordon scored the winning goal past Brooklyn's starting goalie on this night, Pete Dundovich.
Although they were hard luck over-time losers Friday, the name of the game is points. And the A's are making a five point landing as they arrive in Brooklyn. Five points in their first two games puts the A's in an early season lead over the circuit as they head into their first game at home.
Opening Night at Hangar Five will be against the expansion New Jersey Outlaws who now sport two former Aviator players and fan favorites; Mattew Puntureri and John Goffredo. New Jersey won their Friday night game against the Danbury Whalers at home after dropping their first game in Danbury as part of a home-and-home opening series.
LET'S GO AVIATORS!
New Jersey Outlaws
FLATBUSH AVENUE, BROOKLYN