The Brooklyn Aviators fell to the hated Akwesasne Warriors on Friday as last year’s Commissioner’s Cup champions made a 4–3 come-from-behind victory in Ontario.
The hockey gods have often frowned on Brooklyn during their battles against the Warriors this season: Friday’s defeat drags the Aviators down to a woeful 1–4 record against Akwesasne, the team that defeated the A’s in last year’s playoffs.
But the Aviators gave it their all on Friday: the scrappy squad quickly laid claim to the ice in the first period, scoring two unanswered goals at the 10 and 15 minute marks.
The Warriors earned their first point in the second period, but the Aviators quickly followed with a goal of their own, keeping a two point lead.
But the Aviators crashed and burned in the third as Akwesasne scored three unanswered points — the final, heart crushing goal coming four minutes before the final buzzer.
The Brooklyn Aviators will return to the Aviator Sports and Events Center [3159 Flatbush Ave. in Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park, (718) 758-7580] on Feb. 20 at 7:35 pm to take on the New Jersey Outlaws. Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors and children under 14). For more info, visit www.BrooklynAviators.com.