From the desk of: THE SKATES OF FLATBUSH
BROOKLYN AVIATORS: Taking Body Blows and Counter Punching; Coach Miller's Boys Will be Fighting to the Very End.
So where are we? Who are we? And what are we doing? Sorry, since attending Ace's birthday party in The Hangar two weeks ago, I've had New York Giants of the brain.
The A's are currently skating with the second division in fifth place. Although Brooklyn (55) has more total points than fourth place Akwesasne (51), the Warriors lead the Aviators by percentage points. Cape Cod, Delaware, and Danville, round out the FHL trailers.
New Jersey has been, and still is the clear cut power of the circuit with 93 points this season. Second place 1000 Islands trails them by thirteen points. And Danbury has recently made a climb in the standings (59 points) into third place.
Fourteen games remain on the schedule. The A's will have between their February 2nd game versus Danbury, and March 4th, to earn themselves a spot along with the top seeds for a hopeful spot in the playoffs. The team's situation does not seem as dire as they faced last year with twenty-some games left in the season. They just need a little consistency right now.
Who are we? For starters, back-up goalie; Peter Dundovich; was waived on January 27, by the Boss-Man Coach Miller. Goalie Richard Scarsella came and went. Adam Avramenko was then signed to back-up Josselin St. Pierre but has since been loaned out to the CHL. So that leaves rookie Jeff Rose as Flatbush's back-up goalie. Back on January 24th, Jarrett Rush and Andrew Owsiak were packing up to play for ECHL clubs but have since returned. And lastly, Brendan Baumgartner was traded to the 1000 Islands Privateers for defensemen Vinny Geonnetti.
No Brooklyn. Although several players remain, this is not the same team that went on a torrid twenty-some game winning streak last season and steamrolled into the playoffs. Coach Miller continues to tinker with this roster as he has all season. Over that time, too many games were lost, specifically earlier on in the schedule, for a failure to secure wins during regulation time and thus finishing many nights shy one additional point.
What are we doing? For starters, we're suffering from a lack of identity. Are we still a team led by veterans; Chris Ferazzoli; K.C. Timmons; Jesse Felten; Chris Scampoli; and Casey Mignone? Or did our gumption exit along with Vladimir Nikiforov; Stephen Obelnicki; and some of last year's favorites like Puntureri, and Goffredo? And of the newer class? Rookie; Matt Atsoff; Trent Trentowski; Lucas Schott; Steve Koich; will they be making this their team?
Secondly, we're bobbing up and down like an ocean buoy. The month of January is representative of just how up and down this season has gone for the Floyd Bennett Aviators. They started the month losing their first five contests. Then went on a five game winning streak which was snapped this past Saturday by the Whalers in an 8-2 drubbing up in Danbury. And so the A's end the month with a 5-6 record.
When they resume play Thursday, the Whalers and Brooklyn will play a home and home starting in Danbury. The series then comes to Hangar Five on Saturday night. They'll finish the weekend in New Jersey as they take on the Outlaws again, whom they finally defeated this season for the first time.
We need to gain some altitude Boys.