Aviators cripple Dashers in 9-3 victory

Andrew Owsiak repeated the hat trick center Jesse Felten accomplished the night before.
Photo by Chris Pastreri

Call it a three-peat repeat.

The Aviators were once again victorious at home on Saturday as they crushed the Danville Dashers 9-3 — with center Andrew Owsiak replicating the hat trick Jesse Felten netted the night before.

Owsiak scored twice with less than a minute to go in the first period, then netted his third goal late in the second.

But Felten, who scored three of the five goals that filleted the Cape Cod Bluefins at the Aviator Sports and Recreation Center on Friday, the team’s first win at home, wasn’t just sitting around cooling his blades on Saturday. He scored twice in the second period as the Aviators secured an astounding seven point lead against Danville — making the Dashers look like they were standing still.

“I had a slow start this season, but things are starting to pick up,” Felten explained when asked about his five goals in two games. Before this weekend, Felten only scored once for the Avs in three and a half weeks of regulation play. “Coach Miller paired me up with two great players (right wingers Vladimir Nikiforvov and Chris Ferazzoli), so things are going to get better.”

The 9-3 victory was a season high score for the Aviators, but the Dashers weren’t much of a challenge: the Federal Hockey League expansion team from Illinois hasn’t won a single game all season.

The Brooklyn Aviators will be back home to play the 1000 Island Privateers at Aviator Sports [3159 Flatbush Ave. in Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park, (718) 758-7580] on Nov. 23 at 7:35 pm. Tickets $12 ($10 for seniors and children under 14). For information visit www.brooklynaviators.com.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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