BROOKLYN AVIATORS: A's Finish Off Danbury in Two Straight. Now Winners of Seven out of Last Eight Games.
How about that? The latest goalie of the day; newly acquired Michael DiLorenzo; not only earned his first win in his first start as an Aviator, he won his first game of the season after seven previous games played for Delaware. He faced 38 Danbury shots and stopped 36 of them to secure Brooklyn's second straight victory over the rival Whalers.
The two teams competed with far more civility in The Hangar than when compared to Thursday night's bar fight on Danbury's ice. And for the most part both stayed in control of their tempers. Minus a slash and some stick infractions, every one stayed cool. Good guys or bad guys, neither tact worked for Danbury though. And now they are the ones looking up at Brooklyn in the standings. Two games; two wins for Brooklyn. The late season surge is on indeed. The Skates of Flatbush are now winners of seven of their last eight games.
With one game to go this weekend against New Jersey, the Aviators have so far landed ahead of Danbury in fourth place with sixty-one points. Danbury slides back to fifth place with fifty-nine points. Although the Akwesasne Warriors only have fifty-one points, they remain in third place by percentage points due to having played five less games than Brooklyn and Danbury.
It was retro-night of sorts in Hangar Five. Many of the names we've come to expect led the way for Brooklyn Friday night. Just keep in mind, Danbury was short players for their involvement in Thursday's exercise in belligerence.
Matt Atsoff was the lone goal scorer of the first period. His fifteenth of the season came at 14:44; assisted by Andrew Scampoli and Michael Thomson.
At 5:49 of the second period, Brooklyn's Steve Koich got whistled for a slash. But it was Jesse Felten who cashed in on a short-handed chance a minute later. Several minutes later, a hooking penalty called against Danbury resulted in Jesse Felten's power play, and second consecutive goal of the period; good for a 3-0 Brooklyn lead. However with less than a minute left in the period, Danbury got on the board on a James Sanford power play goal off a Michael Thomson hooking penalty to make it a 3-1 game.
Andrew Scampoli found his lost scoring touch again at 4:35 of the third period. Then at the midway point of the period, Jesse Felten tallied another to complete the hat-trick. It was his fifth goal in two nights against Danbury. The Whalers answered that goal a short time later. But Steve Koich pushed back again with another Brooklyn goal at the 18:00 mark, for a 6-2 lead and a final score.
After getting pummelled the night before, Peter Vetri did not start in goal for Danbury. Instead Nick Niedert made the start, stopping 29 of 35 shots.
Next up; the first place New Jersey Outlaws. Brooklyn finally broke through and defeated New Jersey 6-1 for the first time in their previous meeting. Prior to that, New Jersey was 8-0 over Brooklyn this season and outscored them a combined 45-22 over that time.
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