For the second time this season, the Aviators have earned a win as they defeated the 1000 Island Privateers, 5-2, in front of 1,094 fans at the Colisee.
“We should come up here all the time,” said Aviators’ coach Rob Miller.
“That’s our fourth win in a row and we are working hard now. We made a few changes since the last time we were up here.”
In the first game of the Federal Hockey League’s “Maine Event” where Brooklyn defeated the Akwesasne Warriors 3-2 on October 27th.
The Aviator broke the deadlock at the 9:34 mark of the first period when Joe Dabkowski broke in all alone and made a deke to the backhand, beating Privateers goalie Matt Anthony. The assist went to Colin Ronayne.
Brooklyn struck again while killing off a four-minute double-minor. This time it was Steve Koich, who had a breakaway and was able to put the puck past Anthony with 7:52 remaining.
1000 Islands got on the board before the first period ended as Brad Townsend’s shot was able to sneak past Brooklyn goaltender Josselin St. Pierre with 13 seconds remaining in the period.
“I told the guys they played a good period,” Miller added. “That kills me, under a minute goals, I am not big fan of that.”
The Aviators stretched the lead to 4-1 midway through the second period. Casey Mignone made 3-1 at the 6:08 mark with Andrew Owsiak and Ken Trentowski setting the goal up. Matt Atsoff got the fourth goal with 5:16 remaining in the middle frame.
“He went up to Toledo for the weekend, he got a couple games in the (ECHL),” Miller said of Andrew Owsiak. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence and he has for awhile. I put the “A” on his jersey a couple weeks ago. He’s a rookie and I don’t usually do that.”
When Brooklyn thought they would be going to the power play, but there was no call and the Privateers went the other way where Michael Byrd recorded 1000 Islands second goal.
“If that play happens anywhere else on the ice, that’s not a penalty,” Miller said with strong conviction about the play before 1000 Islands’ goal. “It was a slash, you negate a scoring opportunity, how do not call that a penalty?”
“If they had their full squad, it’s a game changer. The call needs to be made.”
Brooklyn would get the lone goal in the third period with 2:45 remaining when Brendan Baumgartner tapped in a power play goal. The play was set-up by Andrew Owsiak and K.C. Timmons.
“Our power play wasn’t going at all until that clincher,” Miller added.
1000 Islands was 0-for-5 on the power play while Brooklyn went 1-for-4.
Anthony made 36 saves for 1000 Islands while St. Pierre turned aside 34 shots for Brooklyn.