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Monday, March 12, 2012

BKN Aviators ~ The Long Bus Ride Home

From the desk of:   THE SKATES OF FLATBUSH

BROOKLYN AVIATORS:  Say Goodnight Gracie.  The Fat Lady Sings.

By any standard, or at any level, the Brooklyn Aviators and Danbury Whalers just concluded a great playoff series.  The Federal Hockey League can be proud of this one, for the circuit supplied local hockey fans of Brooklyn and Danbury with three superb games.  And in return, both teams and the league experienced good nights at the gate.

Last season, the A's needed all five games plus two overtime periods to advance past Danbury in the opening round of playoffs.  In the recently concluded regular season, the A's and Whalers split ten games down the middle.  In this year's post-season, Danbury was the third seed, and Brooklyn entered as the four seed.  And with two of their three games going into overtime, this last series only reinforces how close these two teams will remain.  The Whalers get to advance now.  And for Flatbush, it's time to close the Hangar doors on another season.

Federal Hockey League Playoffs

Game Three Final:


I - DNW 5; BKN 4*
II - BKN 5; DNW 2
III - DNW 5; BKN 4*

Danbury wins series 2-1

1000 Island Privateers Defeat Akwesasne Warriors 2-1



All Flatbush could muster were three shots on goal throughout the entire third period.  Josselin St. Pierre faced fifty-one shots in the game and made forty-six saves.  You can't find fault with that.  The A's Tweeted and described the Whalers' game tying goal in the third period as "fluky".  Then came overtime.  And well, with no second chances, there is only one outcome that satisfies.  It's a hard way to end a season.

The game was almost a replay of Friday's game.  It was a back and forth affair, with each team taking turns at a run.  In game one, a last second goal sent them into overtime.  In game three, it was the dreaded "fluke" goal that extended the game.

In quick fashion, the Whalers jumped out to a very early 2-0 first period lead.  Goal number one came at 1:07, and goal two followed at the 3:27 mark.  But unlike game one when Danbury took their 3-0 lead into the intermission, Brooklyn responded this time and matched goals.  At 4:28, Joe Dabkowski answered back with Brooklyn's first goal.   At 5:38, Jason Dolgy answered back with Brooklyn's second goal.  And that's what they took into the first intermission this time.

Brooklyn kept things hot in the second period.  At 6:57, Casey Mignone scored on the power play when Danbury got whistled for a 'Too Many Men' bench minor.  Rob Schweyer followed with Brooklyn's fourth goal (unassisted) of the game at the 9:57 mark for a 4-2 Flatbush lead.  Then back came Danbury.  Greg Holt scored at 18:57 to bring Danbury within one again.

For the first 11:59 of the third period, Josselin St.Pierre fended off shots while Brooklyn mustered too few.  And then, one Danbury shot trickled by.  One of Danbury's leading scorers, Sean O'Malley, was credited with tying the game at four apiece.  Brooklyn finished the third period unable to put any kind of pressure on Peter Vetri.  And so into overtime they went.

Sean O'Malley wasted little time in dispatching the Aviators to their bus and starting the long ride back to Brooklyn.  He scored the game winner, and the series clincher 1:54 into the extra session.

It was a great season guys.  Can't wait to start things up again in the Fall.  Have a great Summer and thanks for the fun.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

BKN Aviators ~ Decisive Game Three Today in Danbury

From the desk of:   THE SKATES OF FLATBUSH

Federal Hockey League Playoffs

Round One

Series Tied 1-1
I - DAW 5; BKN 4*
II - BKN 5; DAW 2


Danbury Whalers

The Danbury Ice Arena

BROOKLYN AVIATORS:   Series Tied!  Flatbush Pounds Out Three Third Period Goals for Game Two Win in Danbury. Decisive Game Three Sunday Afternoon.

Another game, another first period deficit.  But unlike Danbury's three goal first period in Brooklyn, the visiting A's didn't allow the Whalers to light up the scoreboard the way they did Friday night after just twenty minutes of play.  While they allowed Danbury to jump out to another lead, this one was a manageable one goal lead.  Unlike Game One, Flatbush avoided a disastrous first period, closing minute, two goal slip-up this time.  Instead, Game Two was a flat-out grind.  The guys played a little rougher and so the game got a little more tougher, and as a result, the score remained a little more closer.  Late third period mistakes would ultimately undo one of these teams.

Danbury might have been on home ice, but after Brooklyn took a 2-1 lead in the second period, Desperation grabbed a stick and took it's place on both team's benches.  Best two out of three series' are like that.

Josselin St. Pierre helped his own cause to get the Aviators' offense going.  He had the secondary assist on Chris Campanale's goal at 2:56 of the second period.  Less than four minutes later, Jason Dolgy gave Flatbush a 2-1 lead.  However, with less than two minutes left in the period, Danbury scored a tying goal.

Danbury Fan's favorite punching bag; Josselin St. Pierre; faced eleven third period shots and turned them all away.  For the game, he faced forty-five shots on goal, and made forty-three saves.  The Whalers' Peter Vetri was having as equally an effective first two periods as St. Pierre was having for Brooklyn.  Through the first two periods, he faced thirty shots, and stopped twenty-eight.

The Whalers bailed-out their goalie Friday evening after Peter Vetri allowed Brooklyn to score four goals, which erased a 3-0 first period Danbury lead.  But his team mates scored with 0:03 left in the game to tie, and then again in OT for the road win at Hangar Five.

In Game Two, like Josselin St. Pierre, Peter Vetri also faced eleven shots in the third period.  Only this time, he let three of them get by.  At 8:32, Chris Campanale nailed his second goal of the game.  Then mistakes on Danbury's part started to ruin any chances of coming back from a three goal deficit.  Penalties put the Whalers on Special Teams and ultimately off their game.  Jesse Felten scored at 14:49 off an Interference penalty.  Later, Michael Thomson scored at 17:33 off a holding penalty, for a 5-3 Brooklyn lead.

Although Chris Campanale wound up with the game winning goal when he made the game 3-2, having to kill off two penalties in the last ten minutes of the game kept Danbury at a disadvantage.  Overall, Brooklyn played a more disciplined game than did the Whalers.  Brooklyn limited Danbury to 0 for 2 on the power play.  Flatbush finished 2 for 6 with the man advantage.  But credit should be given to both teams for playing another high-quality playoff game.

This Round One bracket of the FHL playoffs now boils down to one game between Brooklyn and the Whalers in Danbury, Connecticut.  For thr second consecutive season, Flatbush and Danbury will engage in a decisive series clinching game.  Last year, the Aviators won the last two games in a best of five series to advance passed Danbury into the FHL championship round.

This season's format is somewhat different.  The winner of this bracket will move on to play the victor of the 1000 Islands versus Akwesasne series, which is also tied at a game apiece and will be decided today.  Those two teams will face off for the right to play the winner of the New Jersey Outlaws versus Cape Cod Blue Fins series in the FHL Championship round.


Brooklyn Aviators   5
Danbury Whalers    2


Sunday, March 04, 2012

BKN Aviators ~ Regular Season Finale

From the desk of:   THE SKATES OF FLATBUSH

BROOKLYN AVIATORS:  Wins Against Danbury and New Jersey Lock Up Fourth Place and a Playoff Date With the Whalers.


Danbury   1
Brooklyn  7

1000 Islands   15
Akwesasne      8

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
Brooklyn      9

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.



New Jersey Outlaws

The Other Side of the Harbor


Sunday, February 26, 2012

BKN Aviators ~ Flatbush in a Dogfight to the Finish

From the desk of:   THE SKATES OF FLATBUSH

BROOKLYN AVIATORS:  Flatbush Sweeps Two From Danville Dashers.  Overtake Akwesasne in the Standings.  A's Back in the First Division With Four to Play.


Brooklyn   7
Danville     3

Let's understand for a moment Danville only has four wins this season.  So it's not like defeating the Danville Dashers; this season at least; is the stuff legends are made of.  Although the any-given-day rule still applies to all teams.  I am merely going to suggest, with the Aviators needing wins most, Jesse Felten stepped-up to remind his mates how to seize the moment; as several of his current mates were part of Brooklyn's miraculous run towards the playoffs last season.

Thanks in large part to their forward, the Aviators are back, but far from safe, in fourth place after defeating the Dashers 7-3 Saturday in the first of a two game series.  The win finally allowed Brooklyn to punch through the percentage points lead Akwesasne held over Flatbush and puts them back in the first division again with only five games left to play.  The Warriors lost to the New Jersey Outlaws 6-2 Saturday, and will be idle Sunday.  Advantage Brooklyn.

Michael DiLorenzo earned his third win in four starts for Brooklyn by turning back twenty-four of twenty-seven shots on goal by Danville.  The night started with a Kings County sized gasp when Danville scored just 0:39 into the game.  But in what are now must-win-games, the "old" Brooklyn vet, Jesse Felten, stepped in to lead Flatbush, when a leader was needed.

Midway through the first period, Felton tied the game with his twenty-fourth goal of the season.  And before the period's end, Jason Dolgy scored at 17:53 on the power play after Danville's Ryan Stern got whistled for cross-checking.  From then on, attitudes and comportment deteriorated.  But the game pressed on without too much chicanery.

Danville got off to another quick start to open the second period.  Four minutes in, this game was tied at two apiece.  But a few minutes later, Matt Atsoff put his Brooklyn mates up by one again.  Then midway through the period, Jesse Felten scored his twenty-fifth goal of the season on a power play to make it a 4-2 game.  Danville answered yet again with a goal at the 11:55 mark.  But it would be their last of the night.  Before the second period expired, Steve Koich gave the A's a 5-3 lead with his sixth goal of the season.

The third period was all Brooklyn.  Just over a minute in, Steve Owsiak scored his seventeenth goal of the season.  Then Jesse Felten and Jason Dolgy finished this game off the same way they started it.  Jesse Felten scored goal number twenty-six of the season at the 2:09 mark on a power play to complete his hat trick.  Jason Dolgy netted his second goal of the game and Brooklyn's final of the  evening for an 8-3 Flatbush win and their sixty-seventh point of the season; four better than the Warriors.


Brooklyn   4
Danville    2

Fourth place was now a matter of which team had more points again and no longer based on win percentages.  With the Warriors not playing, Sunday represented a huge opportunity to put some more distance between Flatbush and Akwesasne before both teams take the ice again Wednesday night.

With a day game after a night game, Coach Miller gave John Dorman his first Aviator start between the pipes Sunday after starting Michael DiLorenzo Saturday.  Regular goalie Josselin St. Pierre was not penciled into either game.  Regardless, in his first game in net since November 2011, John Dorman stopped fourteen of sixteen shots Brooklyn's defense allowed Danville.  At the other end, Flatbush peppered Danville's goalie; Nick Wydock; with twenty-one shots in the first period alone.

Sunday's overall shots on goal total was Brooklyn forty; Danville sixteen.  The final score was Brooklyn four; Danville two.  Who accrued more penalty minutes can be figured out if you try.  But ascertaining the number of punches thrown this afternoon is useless.  Saturday's simmering hostilities and lingering feuds boiled over throughout the first and third periods of Sunday afternoon's raucous affair.

When they weren't littering the ice with sticks and gloves, Brooklyn was doing just enough to win their third straight game, and more importantly gaining three more points in the standings over the idle Akwesasne Warriors.

There was no hat trick from Jesse Felten Sunday.  He played facilitator this time, instead assisting on three Brooklyn goals.  Five minutes in, he assisted on Henry Coxe's opening goal of the game.  A little over two minutes later, Jesse Felten again had the primary assist on Andrew Scampoli's power play goal.  With three and a half minutes left in the first period, Danville scored on a power play to end the period 2-1 Brooklyn.

Michael Thompson scored the only goal of the second just 1:31 into the period.  Then in the third period, Jesse Felten recorded his third assist of the game on Andrew Owsiak's goal at the 6:21 mark.  Danville scored a late short-handed goal to make the score a respectable 4-2 final.

That's seventy points and a job well done.  Now, Flatbush has four games left in the regular season.  The Aviators have a seven point lead over the Akwesasne Warriors and for the moment, own the final playoff spot.  Brooklyn now has a daunting task before them.  They will close out the regular season with a home-and-home against the third place Danbury Whalers, then a home-and-home against the first place New Jersey Outlaws.  The defending FHL Champions; Akwesasne Warriors; only have three games remaining.  One game remains against Danville this Wednesday.  They will then finish with a home-and-home against the second place 1000 Islands Privateers.

Should the playoff's fourth seed remain undetermined by March 3rd, Brooklyn's scheduled Sunday, March 4th game against New Jersey can quite literally turn out to be their "ACE" in the hole as Akwesasne will have concluded their season on Saturday.

Let's Go A's!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

BKN Aviators ~ Flatbush Strikes Back!

From the desk of:   THE SKATES OF FLATBUSH

BROOKLYN AVIATORS:   Math Proving to be a Tougher Foe to Combat than the Akwesasne Warriors.

Flatbush is clearly against the ropes.  Thursday evening, they landed a tremendous counter-punch against the team they needed to defeat most, in order to give themselves a chance to not just survive these last few games, but win them, and gain that elusive last playoff spot.  There are now six games left in the season in which to get that done.

There's a problem however.  An unequal number of games played this season among Brooklyn and Akwesasne is giving the A's a problem punching through into fourth place.  The A's have played forty-four games this season, while the Warriors have only played forty-one.  Flatbush has sixty-seven points heading into Saturday's action.  The Warriors are four behind Flatbush with sixty-three points.  Yet, due to less games played, the Akwesasne Warriors sit in fourth place with a .512 win percentage, versus Brooklyn's .508 mark.

So with a little voodoo math working against them, Flatbush finds themselves on the outside looking in.  And the A's have no doubt been reeling lately.  Even before dropping two straight to the Warriors, Brooklyn had already played, and let Danbury slip past them in the standings the weekend prior.  The Whalers now have a firm grip on third place.  Then.., came Akwesasne and Brooklyn's exit from the first division; with a loss against New Jersey to boot.

Alas, this past Thursday, Flatbush struck back with a retaliatory blow against the defending FHL Champs, defeating the Akwesasne Warriors 7-1 inside Hangar Five.  After a couple of recent rough starts, Coach Miller turned back to Michael DiLorenzo to man the pipes again.  The Brooklyn back-up to goalie Josselin St. Pierre responded to his Coach's wishes by stopping thirty-three of thirty-four shots on goal.

Brooklyn posted five unanswered goals over the first two periods before the Warriors managed to break the shut-out a little over thirteen minutes into the second period.  Then Brooklyn eliminated any notion of a Warriors' comeback by netting two more goals for good measure.

Seven minutes into the first period, Brooklyn assumed control of this game and never looked back.  Jason Dolgy got the A's started with the first of his two goals of the evening.  Michael Thompson then followed with what would also by his first of two goals of the evening.  Matt Atsoff capped off the first period scoring with his 17th goal of the season.

The Aviators added two more goals before the Warriors answered back with their first.  Joe Dabkowski scored in the first 0:33 seconds of the second period for a 4-0 Brooklyn lead.  Then Michael Thompson made it 5-0 with his second goal of the game.

The third period was all Flatbush again.  Nick Petriello picked up a goal inside the seventh minute.  Then Jason Dolgy finished off the Warriors with his second of the game, to make this a 7-1 final.

Just maybe, the schedule makers may have found favor with the A's this weekend.  While the A's spent Friday travelling to Illinois, the Warriors dropped a 7-3 affair to the third place Danbury Whalers which is good news for Aviator fans.  Brooklyn is off to Danville where the Dashers will host the A's for a pair.  Danville has struggled mightily this season, winning just four games all season.  If the A's are to make a move on fourth place, I'd say this is the weekend to do it.  Akwesasne will have their hands full playing against the run away first place New Jersey Outlaws Saturday and will be idle Sunday.  If the A's can take two in Danville Saturday and Sunday, they'll have a tremendous opportunity to upend the Warriors in the standings.  Both Akwesasne and Brooklyn will be in action again Wednesday, with Brooklyn playing in Danbury, and the Warriors hosting the Dashers.  By the time next Wednesday night is through, there will be three games remaining in the season.

Where will the Brooklyn Aviators be then?  We'll see.  Gotta drop the pucks first.


Game One of Two

Danville Dashers

Some ice rink in far-off Illinois


Friday, November 25, 2011

BKN Aviators ~ Making a Move on First Place


BROOKLYN AVIATORS:  After Knocking 1000 Islands Out of First Place, the Skates of Flatbush Seek to do the Same Against the New Jersey Outlaws.


Prior to this season's start, Brooklyn Head Coach Rob Miller stressed the necessity of all Federal Hockey League member club's ability to finish out their season schedules was paramount to establishing not only a strong foundation for the League, but to also gain much needed credibility for the two year old circuit if they are to survive. 

At this level, players must have a certain degree of confidence in a League's operational viability before they commit.  We hockey fans in Brooklyn have been given a small dose of understanding into this matter with the coming and going of the Brooklyn Aces.  Lest we forget some of our current Aviators were cajoled into coming to Brooklyn from the more established southern circuits.  

The FHL took a bold step step forward into expansion this season by adding teams in New Jersey, Cape Cod, Danville, and Vermont.  And now the Federal Hockey League has announced The VERMONT WILD will cease operations immediately.  The ramifications for the league are wide and varied.  First and foremost, the League must address rescheduling.

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The A's take on another one of those expansion teams tonight.  Brooklyn's Coolest are headed to New Jersey where they will take on the currently in first place Outlaws for two games on consecutive nights on their ice.  This is still somewhat of an implied rivalry as true tensions between the teams are yet to materialize due to the teams having played each other infrequently.  That should start changing tonight.  With two wins in New Jersey, the Aviators can pull up along side the first place teams.  None the less, the Outlaws sport two former popular Aviators that should get this rivalry kicked-up a notch.  Former Brooklyn forward, Matthew Puntureri, was recently named FHL Player of the Week.

In their last game Wednesday night at the Hangar, the Skates of Flatbush welcomed the then first place 1000 Islands Privateers and gained victory with a 5-2 final score.  Goalie Thomas Lee was waived on Nov. 23rd.  Making his first start against 1000 Islands, new pick-up, goalie Josselin St. Pierre, made the start and gained his first win as an Aviator.  Josselin was a member of the Privateers last season.  He faced twenty-six shots on goal from his former team and turned back twenty-four.

In another transaction, Coach Miller waived Anthony Monte and signed two forwards; RW-Joseph Pelle Jr.; and C-Jason Dolgy.  And in making his debut for Brooklyn, Jason Doly who comes to us via the Vermont Wild situation, scored a power play goal at 12:48 of the second period Wednesday night, and assisted on another.  At the time, Dolgy's goal put Brooklyn ahead of the Privateers 2-0.

Also joining in on the scoring against 1000 Islands was Chris Ferazzoli who started the night with his eighth goal of the season at the 4:40 mark of the opening period.  Casey Mignone and Matt Atsoff chipped in with a goal apiece.  And Vladimir Nikiforov took over the team lead with his ninth goal of the season on an empty netter at the 19:01 mark of the third period.



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