BROOKLYN AVIATORS: After Knocking 1000 Islands Out of First Place, the Skates of Flatbush Seek to do the Same Against the New Jersey Outlaws.
*FHL NEWS ~ VERMONT WILD CLUB FOLDS:
Prior to this season's start, Brooklyn Head Coach Rob Miller stressed the necessity of all Federal Hockey League member club's ability to finish out their season schedules was paramount to establishing not only a strong foundation for the League, but to also gain much needed credibility for the two year old circuit if they are to survive.
At this level, players must have a certain degree of confidence in a League's operational viability before they commit. We hockey fans in Brooklyn have been given a small dose of understanding into this matter with the coming and going of the Brooklyn Aces. Lest we forget some of our current Aviators were cajoled into coming to Brooklyn from the more established southern circuits.
The FHL took a bold step step forward into expansion this season by adding teams in New Jersey, Cape Cod, Danville, and Vermont. And now the Federal Hockey League has announced The VERMONT WILD will cease operations immediately. The ramifications for the league are wide and varied. First and foremost, the League must address rescheduling.
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The A's take on another one of those expansion teams tonight. Brooklyn's Coolest are headed to New Jersey where they will take on the currently in first place Outlaws for two games on consecutive nights on their ice. This is still somewhat of an implied rivalry as true tensions between the teams are yet to materialize due to the teams having played each other infrequently. That should start changing tonight. With two wins in New Jersey, the Aviators can pull up along side the first place teams. None the less, the Outlaws sport two former popular Aviators that should get this rivalry kicked-up a notch. Former Brooklyn forward, Matthew Puntureri, was recently named FHL Player of the Week.
In their last game Wednesday night at the Hangar, the Skates of Flatbush welcomed the then first place 1000 Islands Privateers and gained victory with a 5-2 final score. Goalie Thomas Lee was waived on Nov. 23rd. Making his first start against 1000 Islands, new pick-up, goalie Josselin St. Pierre, made the start and gained his first win as an Aviator. Josselin was a member of the Privateers last season. He faced twenty-six shots on goal from his former team and turned back twenty-four.
In another transaction, Coach Miller waived Anthony Monte and signed two forwards; RW-Joseph Pelle Jr.; and C-Jason Dolgy. And in making his debut for Brooklyn, Jason Doly who comes to us via the Vermont Wild situation, scored a power play goal at 12:48 of the second period Wednesday night, and assisted on another. At the time, Dolgy's goal put Brooklyn ahead of the Privateers 2-0.
Also joining in on the scoring against 1000 Islands was Chris Ferazzoli who started the night with his eighth goal of the season at the 4:40 mark of the opening period. Casey Mignone and Matt Atsoff chipped in with a goal apiece. And Vladimir Nikiforov took over the team lead with his ninth goal of the season on an empty netter at the 19:01 mark of the third period.
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