Friday Night ~ Pre-Game Skate
NEW JERSEY OUTLAWS vs. BROOKLYN AVIATORS
BROOKLYN AVIATORS: It Was Party Night at Hangar Five Friday Night; Until the Home Team Crashed It.
Seeing Matthew Puntureri and John Goffredo certainly brings back memories, doesn't it? - Back to a time when they used to score goals for the home team and leading us to the Finals last season. Without them, life in Hanger Five has been somewhat of a struggle this season.
The return of Josselin St. Pierre wasn't enough to thwart a fourth consecutive loss by the Aviators. New Jersey heisted the game from Brooklyn in a big first period. The A's were left chasing down the Outlaws the rest of the night.
Jesse Felten rushes back on defense.
The Skates of Flatbush were grounded before they ever took off. In the first period alone,
One Goal - Two Goals - Three Goals - Four Goals, found net beyond Josselin St. Pierre before the Aviators could muster even one before the session expired.
John Goffredo scored New Jersey's fourth goal of the first period. That's when Coach Miller decided to use his time-out.
Later, Matthew Puntureri scored a third period power play goal to make the game a 6-3 affair at the time. Brooklyn ultimately lost a 7-3 final to the FHL's first place team.
#27 - Casey Mignone
The Aviators were kind of skating around in figure-eights right around this time last season also. Then, along with a bunch of this year's A's, former Brooklyn favorites Matthew Puntureri and John Goffredo embarked on a remarkable twenty-one game winning streak, and rode that wave all the way into the Finals against Akwesasne.
If that's Brooklyn's plan again this year. They had better hurry up. There's only twenty-three scheduled games left in the season. And there's no time like the present. The Coolest Guys in Brooklyn will try to end this four game losing streak in the second game of a home-and-home series out in Wayne, New Jersey tonight.
The final score might have sent everyone home in a somber mood. But it was a festive night inside Hangar Five during the first intermission. Team mascot, ACE, celebrated his second birthday Friday night. Seven hundred-two fans and a few of ACE's closest friends stopped by to offer their congratulations to the Crazy Bird and Keeper of the Hangar.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ACE!
Johnnie, the St. John's Red Storm mascot stopped by. And the Brooklyn Cyclones' own Sandy the Seagull came down off his perch atop the Parachute Jump in Coney Island to help ACE make sure he had some fun on his birthday.
Ace's party gift? - An opportunity to take a couple of slap-shots against his unprotected and vulnerable buddies. Johnny and Sandy didn't walk away too bruised though. ACE has quite the accurate shot. Many of his goals found nothing but net although you couldn't convince Sandy of that.
Sandy better stick to Baseball because there is no future Brooklyn's beloved seagull as a goalie. Look at all those pucks in the lower left corner that got by. I think this shot (pictured) clipped Sandy in the wing. But just look at the smile on Ace's face. You know that Crazy Bird was having fun and that's all that really matters. Johnnie from St. John's was forced to put his body in front of a few shots as well. His message was simply - Real Mascots don't wear pads! - Then ACE let him have it.
After scoring some goals, even more little friends joined the on-ice party, and along with the fans, joined together in singing Happy Birthday to ACE.