BROOKLYN AVIATORS: Wins Against Danbury and New Jersey Lock Up Fourth Place and a Playoff Date With the Whalers.
1000 Islands 15
With wins Friday and Saturday evening, that should be a wrap. The A's have secured fourth place.
Friday night, the 1000 Island Privateers wrecked the Akwesasne Warriors 15-8, while Brooklyn made guppies out of the Danbury Whalers. The night's results gave Brooklyn a ten point lead over the Warriors, on this, the final weekend of the regular season.
A game after Danbury goalie Peter Ventri stymied the A's on Wednesday, Flatbush stormed back in Friday night's return game to defeat the Whalers 7-1 at The Hangar. Brooklyn jumped out to an early 2-0 first period lead on a power play goal by Nick Petriello, and a goal by Steve Koich.
In the second period, Flatbush again made the Whalers pay for their misplays. First, Joe Dabkowski put the A's up 3-0 after eight minutes of play. But it was Michael Thomson who did the damage with two power play goals, for a 5-0 Brooklyn lead.
The Aviators kept pressing matters in the third period with another two goals before Danbury could even score their first. Michael Thomson completed his hat trick at the 1:40 mark. And Brian Marks converted on yet another Brooklyn power play opportunity for their final goal of the game.
In all, the Aviators were 4 for 10 on the power play. Josselin St. Pierre was back in net making his first start in four games. He faced thirty-one shots while stopping all but one for the win.
New Jersey 3
1000 Islands 8
Akwesasne 20 < this is not a type-o!
Then Saturday; Wow! After the drubbing they took from the Privateers Friday, Akwesasne went completely medieval on 1000 Islands and butchered them with twelve goals in the third period, and twenty-two goals overall. The Warriors' Pierre Dagenais scored three hat-tricks! Yes, he had ten goals in total all by himself. For Akwesasne however, this was their last game of the regular season. That's what you call going out with a bang though. However, they will be falling short of fourth place and Brooklyn in the standings. They will be the five seed, and will just picke-up where they left off against 1000 Islands once the second season start.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn was busy with their continuing recent success on the power play against the first place New Jersey Outlaws. Over the last two games, they are now 7 for 17 with the man advantage.
New Jersey scored first when old friend Matthew Puntureri assisted on a Kevin Cooper goal just 0:17 into the game. But Brooklyn answered back with a pair. Chris Campanale's goal tied it inside the seventh minute. Just over three minutes later, Andrew Owsiak scored and unassisted goal for a 2-1 Flatbush lead.
Kevin Cooper answered back for the Outlaws to make it a 2-2 game. But Flatbush countered again making them pay on the power play. Brett Liscomb was sent to the box after a hit from behind putting the A's on the power play. Nick Petriello cashed in midway through the man-advantage for a 3-2 Flatbush lead. Then Jason Dolgy scored Brooklyn's second power play goal of the period after the Outlaws were called for a high sticking penalty. And so they took a 4-2 lead into the first intermission.
At 2:22 in, Flatbush opened up the second period with another power play goal on Nick Petriello's second of the game. Chris Campanale also added his second goal of the game giving the A's a 6-2 lead. But New Jersey's Anthony Battaglia got one back making this a 6-3 game after two periods of play.
The third period was all Flatbush. Steve Koich made it 7-3 inside the fifth minute. For two Aviators, he only thing left was a race for the hat trick. Chris Campanale won. He completed his when he scored his third goal of the game at the 15:17 mark. Less than a minute later, Nick Petriello completed his to cap off a 9-3 Flatbush final. Of note, that's three Brooklyn hat-tricks in their last two games.
Coach Miller decided to make Michael DiLorenzo responsible for guarding the pipes again. He faced thirty-five Outlaw shots on goal and stopped thirty-two for the win.
By night's end, Brooklyn finished with seventy-nine points and have fourth place locked up. Tomorrow, Sunday, the A's will wrap up their regular season with another game versus the New Jersey Outlaws over on their ice. Saturday evening was the Warriors' last game. Akwesasne ends the season with sixty-nine points.
***It wouldn't be right for me not to admit this, but all this time I was under the impression the top four teams made the playoffs. Apparently, the top six teams participate.
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