From the desk of: THE COOLEST GUYS IN BROOKLYN
BROOKLYN AVIATORS: Danbury Whalers Ride a Big Second Period to Defeat A's, While Brooklyn Uses Their Fists in the Third.
The first period of play was a quiet affair. Danbury edged out Brooklyn with ten shots on goal versus nine for the A's. However, no shot found net during the opening session for either team. Twice Danbury put Brooklyn on the power play. But the A's could not cash in on the man-advantages.
To start the second period, one shot; one goal. Danbury's Chris Seifert took the first shot on goal of the period and scored inside the opening minute against Brooklyn goalie Thomas Lee.
At 1:32 of the period, Andrew Scampoli was called for tripping. Brooklyn killed that penalty off. Then midway through the period, Brooklyn put Danbury on the power play again when blue-liner Ken Trentowski got whistled for a hooking minor. The A's turned Danbury away again.
So after two successful Brooklyn kills, the Whalers decided to do their damage at even strength. At the 13:45 mark and with their ninth shot of the period, Danbury scored their second goal of the game. Then, a little less than a minute and a half later, the Whalers buried home yet another puck past Thomas Lee for a 3-0 Danbury lead.
The two teams each finished the second period with eleven shots on goal. And over the first two periods, Danbury held a one shot lead; 21 to 20. The problem for Brooklyn was Thomas let three of them get by in one period. Jordan Bernier and Chris Owsaik led the A's with three shots apiece, but none were finding their way past Whaler's goalie Nick Niedert.
Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play in a relatively clean contest through forty minutes of Hockey. But as expected when these teams get together, that would all change.
What the Aviators needed was a good old fashioned grinding come-back. But I guess what they couldn't take care of with stick handling and scoring, they decided to take care of with their fists instead. So to set the mood, Brooklyn's Jari Bolbotowski fought with Danbury's Paul Arnott Jr. two minutes into the final session. That bought both players five for fighting and an additional ten minutes each for fighting misconducts.
Although there was no change in score to this point, minutes later at 5:13 of the third period, player comportment took a back seat again. Brooklyn's Jarrett Rush and Danbury's Chris Clark decided another fight was in order. They too received five for fighting, without the misconducts however.
At 12:13, the Aviators went on their third power play of the game after roughing was called against Danbury. But for a third time, they failed to cash in on the man-advantage.
...And well, that's the way this game almost ended. Danbury's goalie Nick Niedert turned back thirty-two shots and was within nineteen seconds of securing a shut-out. But as if to throw one last punch before breaking out of Danbury, at the 19:41 mark of the third, Jarrett Rush scored for Brooklyn to happily ruin Niedert's shut-out.
Danbury now leads the season series against Brooklyn two games to one. It's like that sometimes.
Friday night, we take on the Cape Cod Blue Fins. That game should be hot!