BROOKLYN AVIATORS: Losing Altitude!
A season after soaring through a miraculous, end of season winning streak to qualify for the playoffs and ultimately make it to the Finals, the Aviators find themselves caught in a tailspin which threatens their chances of a playoff spot this season.
They are running out of time and short on fuel. Flying is such an unnatural thing anyway. But right now, with seven games left, the A's are flying on fumes. Very simply, they are having trouble scoring goals and can't get any lift. Their fourth loss in a row; this time against the first place New Jersey Outlaws, in which they could only manage one third-period goal scored by Michael Thompson, and were 0 for 7 on the power play; now puts Brooklyn squarely into a must situation Thursday against the Akwesasne Warriors in their last head-to-head match up of the season. The Warriors just swept a two game series from Brooklyn last weekend to leap-frog them in the standings and into fourth place.
While Brooklyn still has sixty-four points, Akwesasne has only sixty-three. But the advantage they hold over Brooklyn is in percentage points. the Warriors sit at .538, while Brooklyn lags behind with a .496 winning percentage. For Flatbush, seven games remain in the season. And Thursday, they get the Warriors one last time.
The A's and Outlaws played a President's Day game at The Hangar with Brooklyn hoping to gain some ground on the idle Warriors. It wasn't to be though. But Flatbush goalie, Josselin St. Pierre, made sure the A's wouldn't go down without a fight. And that's just what he did when both goalies left the crease and had at each other. Yes, Josselin St. Pierre fought with New Jersey's goalie Dan McWinney towards the end of the game. The only ones missing at that point were the Hanson Brothers.
For his part, Dan McWinney stopped thirty-five of thirty-six Brooklyn shots on goal. Josselin St. Pierre faced thirty-three shots and stopped thirty in taking another loss.
Hangar Five, Flatbush Avenue