BROOKLYN AVIATORS: The Extra Session is Proving to be a Problem. They Drop Another Over-Time Game, This Time to the Vermont Wild.
Brooklyn's Coolest swung open the doors to Hangar Five for Thursday night's first ever contest against the visiting Vermont Wild. One of this years FHL expansion teams, the Wild were still in search of their first victory this season as they arrived on Flatbush Avenue for this evening's game.
Anthony Iaquinto started off the Aviators' weekend by putting the team up early in the first period when he netted Brooklyn's first goal at the 2:31 mark. He was assisted by Colin Ronayne and Jarrett Rush. At the 15:34 mark of the first period, Jesse Felton received a whistle for tripping. A minute and a half later, Vermont's Anthony Pisano scored on the power play to knot the game at a goal apiece.
Vermont's James Brooks got called for holding just before the first period expired. So the A's started the second period on the power play. Brooklyn cashed in and regained the lead on Chris Ferazzoli's goal at the 1:23 mark. He was assisted by Chris Jones and Vladimir Nikiforov.
At 15:49 still in the second, the Wild got whistled for a check-from-behind penalty putting Brooklyn on another power play. Only this time, Brooklyn's PP suffered a breakdown twenty-two seconds into the man-advantage and allowed Vermont's Jason Dolgy to score short-handed and tie the score at two all. But with five seconds left before the second period expired, a Chris Jones shot found net to put the Aviators back on top by a 3-2 score heading into the second intermission. Jones' goal was assisted by Jesse Felton and Andrew Owsiak.
Then in the third period, things got very WILD for Brooklyn; maybe a little too Wild. Vermont spent the first ten minutes of the period tying the game for a third time, and finally taking their first lead of the night by scoring three straight goals. A 3-2 Aviator lead suddenly became a 5-3 deficit. All three goals; two coming from Vermont's Konstatine Kalmikov; came at even strength.
Over the following several minutes, the A's regrouped and roared back to tie this game at five goals apiece. Chris Jones scored on a power play; assisted by K.C. Timmons and Vladimir Nikiforov. Then at the 13:36 mark, Casey Mignone tied the game at five.
But unfortunately that's the way regulation time ended. The Aviators were headed towards over-time yet again. And in the extra sessions this season, they haven't fared too well. Tonight turned out to be no exception either. The Aviators dropped this over-time game as well as the end came rather quickly I might add. Just twenty-nine seconds into the over-time, Vermont's Jason Dolgt, scored for Vermont and gave the Wild their first win of the season.
Tomorrow the Aviators touch down in Cape Cod to play those slippery Fish again. Two times this young season, they beat us in over-time; most recently last weekend in The Hangar. So it's high time the A's snag a hook in the Blue Fin's mouths ....and reel in a win this time in Hyannis.
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