The Brooklyn Aviators ended 2011 with a win on New Year’s Eve, defeating the hated Cape Cod Bluefins 7-3 at Floyd Bennett Field.
The easy victory, which included a hat trick from rookie forward Andrew Owsiak, was in sharp contrast to the back-to-back spankings the Aviators received by the New Jersey Outlaws on both Thursday and Friday.
Still smarting from the two losses, the Aviators took no prisoners as they hit the ice at the Aviator Sports and Events Center on Saturday, scoring six goals in the opening frame.
Forward Matt Atsoff kicked things off by scoring three minutes into the first period. Center Lucas Schott quickly followed suit before Owsiak smacked in three consecutive goals — drowning the Fish under an insurmountable lead.
But the Aviators weren’t finished: they scored once again in the second, leaving the Bluefins high and dry — even after Cape Cod netted two pucks in the third period.
Saturday’s stellar win marked the third straight victory against the Bluefins, a team Brooklyn found hard to beat when the season started.
But that all changed right before Christmas: the A’s hooked two wins against the Bluefins, leaving their record against the fish at 4-4. Saturday’s win puts the Aviators over the top in this ongoing Flyer vs. Fish drama.
The same can’t be said about the Aviators’ record against the Outlaws: after six games, Brooklyn has yet to beat the ice renegades — and suffered an embarrassing 8-0 shutout in dirty Jersey on Friday to boot.
The Brooklyn Aviators will return home to battle the New Jersey Outlaws at Aviator Sports and Events Center [3159 Flatbush Ave. in Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park, (718) 758-7580] on Jan. 13, at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors and children under 14) For more info, visit www.brooklynaviators.com.