BROOKLYN AVIATORS: New Jersey Outlaws Spoil A's Opening Night. The Rivalry Is Born!
MATTHEW PUNTURERI PROVIDES MAJOR ASSISTS AGAINST HIS FORMER TEAM.
Veni; Vidi; Puntureri.
Former Aviators' forwards; Matthew Puntureri and John Goffredo; made their triumphant returns to Brooklyn Saturday night by picking apart their former team, assisting on six of New Jersey's seven goals scored Saturday night against A's starting goalie; Thomas Lee.
The expansion New Jersey Outlaws made their first visit to Hangar Five and proceeded to announce their presence with authority on this, Brooklyn's Opening Night game. They got to work right away scoring at the 3:38 mark of the first period on a Kevin Cooper goal; with the second assist going to Puntureri.
After KC Timmons got whistled for hooking 5:47 in, with less than twenty seconds left in Brooklyn's penalty kill, Travis Kauffeldt scored for N.J. assisted by Puntureri again, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Almost four and a half minutes later, KC Timmons assisted on Brooklyn's first score when Chris Jones' shot found net, cutting the New Jersey lead to one.
Then the Aviators lost their grip on the first period by surrendering two more New Jersey goals inside the nineteenth minute of play. They gave up two goals within sixteen seconds of each other to be more exact. At 19:08, Outlaw-Tyler Barr scored with John Goffredo credited with the sole assist. Then at 19:28, Travis Kauffeldt scored his second goal of the period as Matthew Puntureri was credited with another assist and his third of the period. The first session ended with New Jersey staked to a 4-1 lead.
KC Timmons figured into the A's scoring again, making it a 4-2 game by converting a power play goal in the opening minute of the second period. But New Jersey put themselves up by three again when Luke Flicik score at 16:01 making it a 5-2 game, and remained that way after forty minutes of regulation.
New Jersey took to the ice in the third period intent on finishing off the A's. And seven seconds into the period, they scored to make it a 6-2 game. Travis Kauffeldt completed the hat-trick and Matthew Puntureri was credited with his fifth assist of the evening.
When Jesse Felton got whistled for tripping at 5:07, New Jersey's Kevin Cooper converted the man-advantage with his second goal of the game and giving the Outlaws a 7-2 lead.
With the game out of reach, the Aviators still showed a little fight in them before time expired. Jesse Felton scored a power play goal at 10:12 and at 10:50, Anthony Monte followed up with Brooklyn's fourth goal of the night.
The New Jersey Outlaws took the first game of this new feud 7-4 on Brooklyn's home ice. That won't sit too well around here. The rivalry is born.
GAME THREE FINAL
New Jersey Outlaws 7
Brooklyn Aviators 4
Friday - November 4, 2011