BROOKLYN AVIATORS: Week Two Cleared For Take-Off; Mission - Danbury.
It's that time; it's FHL week two and the A's are opening the doors to Hangar Five and taking-off for Connecticut. Friday night, Brooklyn's Coolest will head up to Danbury for their first meeting against the Whalers. Then Saturday, the Aviators return to Hangar Five for a rematch against the Cape Cod Bluefins who defeated the A's in over-time last time they met in Hyannis.
The first place New Jersey Outlaws may have ruined our home-ice opener this season and they'll surely need to pay for that...eventually. But right now they're still second-in on Brooklyn's rivalry depth chart. Danbury however; - The Danbury Whalers? Now you speak of the Brooklyn Aviators' true rival. After the inaugural season of FHL play, this has developed into a fierce Tri-State area rivalry indeed. And the folks of Danbury are without a doubt very supportive of their team and fill the seats, which should add some electricity to this initial Friday night match-up of the season.
One thing is very clear about the Danbury team thus far, they are very strong up the middle. Center - Kelly Miller leads Danbury scoring after two games with three goals and three assists; good for six points. Center-Chris Seifert and Center-Joe Dabkowski are Danbury's other two multiple goal scorers.
Casey Mignone is Brooklyn's leading goal scorer so far with a pair. And newcomer Chris Ferazolli leads the team in points with four on the strength of three assists.
Whalers' goalie-Rick Niedert has made both of Danbury's starts so far. A's Coach Miller rotated his goalies last week. Lee Thomas made two starts for the A's while Peter Dundovich started in net once. On a side note, Peter's lone start against Cape Cod last week is still something bordering bizarre.
The A's signed a pair of players during the week. Coach Miller signed Forward - Vladimir Nikiforov from the ECHL, and picked up more defensive help from the SPHL by signing Defenseman - Ken Trentowski. Both should be in uniform for Friday's game.
New Jersey leads the circuit with four games played and nine points. Brooklyn trails in fourth place with four points after three games and Danbury is fifth with three points after two games played.