Thursday, February 10, 2011

Aviators Hockey Heats Up

As New York City was being buried by snow throughout January, the New York Aviators of the Federal Hockey League (FHL) buried 10 consecutive opponents with a barrage of goals, stellar goaltending and physical play. In fact, beginning with the A’s December 30 victory over Danbury, they are riding a 14-game winning streak and a 18-2 home record at the Aviator Sports & Event Center on Flatbush Ave., in Brooklyn.

Here are a few of the highlights of the A’s undefeated (10-0) January: scored 44 goals and allowed 14 goals; registered 364 shots on goal; 10 game winning goals from seven dif- ferent players including three from Jesse Fel- ten; Matt Punutreri led club with 21 pts and 13 assists; Felten lead the team with with 9 goals for the month; five different A's tallied double-digits points; goalie Kevin Druce went 8-0 1.85 GAA, 1 SO, .938 SV%.

The performance was especially impressive as two of the A’s top players, defenseman David Inman and forward Mike Thompson, were called-up to Elmira and Wheeling of the ECHL during January.

The streak has moved the A’s have into third place, seven points ahead of Danbury, just five points behind 1000 Island and 10 points behind Akwesasne. The top four teams qualify for the FHL playoffs.

The Aviators have three games this week: Feb 11 at 7:05 pm vs Cape Cod at Aviator and then a pair of games on Feb 12 and Feb 13 at Danbury. Tickets are still available by visiting or by calling 718-758-7580.

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