A whale of a goaltender blocked one aggressive Aviators push after the other on Friday night as the flighty Brooklyn flyers fell to the Danbury Whalers 3–1 during a grueling contest at Floyd Bennett Field.
Brooklyn outshot the Whalers 43–24 at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, but Danbury goalie Peter Ventri stopped 42 of the 43 pucks fired at his net.
Aviator goaltender Jo St. Pierre wasn’t as lucky, letting three pucks get by him.
The Whalers were the first to get on the board and consistently smacked a puck into the back of St. Pierre’s net every period.
The Aviators tried — and failed — to even the odds during a late third period rally with Brooklyn center Jason Dolgy scoring three minutes before the final buzzer.
The loss snapped the three-game winning streak Brooklyn’s boys of winter celebrated after defeating Danbury twice and stealing a victory from the New Jersey Outlaws last week.
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.