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March 27, 2011 / Sports

Aviators crash and burn, as Federal League trophy goes to the damn Akwesasne Warriors

The Brooklyn Paper

It’s all over.

The New York Aviators fell in the Federal Hockey League finals with a crushing, 5–2 loss in Canada on Saturday night — killing the scrappy squad’s dreams of raising the coveted Commissioner’s Cup over their heads.

The Aviators had the best record during the league’s inaugural season, and made short work of its rivals, the Danbury Whalers, in the first round of the playoffs. But in the finals, the pride of Floyd Bennett Field fell behind the Akwesasne Warriors, 2–0, before forcing a Game 4 with a 6-3 win against Friday night.

An Aviator win would have sent the best-of-five series back to Brooklyn for a final face-off at the Aviator Sports Complex. But the Warriors refused to follow the Aviators’ flight plan.

The Canadians went on the warpath as soon as they took to the ice inside the Akwesasne Turtle Dome — with one of their players being sent to the penalty box for roughing within one minute of play.

The icemen from Ontario were merciless offensively, taking 13 shots at the Aviators’s net in the first period alone. The Aviators had only four shots.

Goaltender Kevin Druce fended off the most of the onslaught, giving up only one goal with five minutes remaining in the first period.

The Warriors earned their second goal three minutes into the second period, but by then the Brooklyn squad began pushing back, with Aviator Jesse Felten scoring seconds later.

But things just fell apart in the third period. With the Warriors leading 3-2, Coach Robert Miller decided to play dangerously. With three minutes remaining, he swapped Druce for a player that could help in power plays, leaving an empty net.

The decision proved to be a costly one — with no one protecting the net, the Warriors easily scored two more goals before the final buzzer sounded.

Saturday’s defeat brought an end to a spectacular run for the Aviators, who clinched the Federal Hockey League’s inaugural season with a 32-13 record — including an unfathomable 21-game winning streak.

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David from Akwesasne says:
I am extremely disappointed in the title of this article and dismayed at its tone. Gee, it's too bad that Akwesasne got 13 shots on goal in the first period versus the Aviators' 4 shots. The article makes it sounds like Akwesasne didn't deserve to win. Seems lik the Akwesasne team deserve some credit
March 29, 2011, 10:52 am
Ed from Rochester, NY says:
Hey guys, what's with the headline? Talk about poor judgment, this looks to be a highly racist comment that has no place in a newspaper! Besides that, it is just poor grammar to boot. Get a life and grow up! The team from Akwesasne out played the Aviators...period. Let's learn from our mistakes and bring it back next year and do better. But leave the racist bull at home next time.
March 29, 2011, 11:17 am
Kim from Akwesasne says:
I think this reporter was just bummed about his team losing, obviously he doesn't know how to be unbiased as reporters usually do. I think he put his emotions in the headline not really directing it to be racial but not thinking it could be meant racially especially when we read it.
March 29, 2011, 11:33 am
Misty from Akwesasne says:
Clearly poor judgement & inability to reason, which DOES NOT make for good journalism. Also, the comment about being on the "warpath" was definitely not used with prudence, as this team plays on a native reserve and so of course some of the team is native! yikes, I hope those reading are able to exercise good judgement and realize that this "journalist" is in reality a biased person who is throwing a tantrum because their team lost.
Also, reading the agreement below, I see that I am agree not to post any abusive, slanderous or hateful material.. yet, they allow their "reporter" to do just that.
I'll definitely be in contact with those advertisers that are supporting this publication
March 29, 2011, 11:51 am
Amber from Akwesasne says:
Maybe an alternate title could be: 'Akwesasne Warriors Damn the Aviators Road to Victory' if the author is so insistent on using profanity in his title. At least it would be the truth. Damn good job Warriors!
March 29, 2011, 11:54 am
Patty from Akwesasne says:
The headline is deceiving since the article wasn't written with too much racism. Akwesasne won this time and they played like they wanted it. Let's not stir the pot guys and give the Akwesasne Warriors some credit.
March 29, 2011, 11:58 am
Hope from Ohio says:
Wow Thomas... What an AWESOME article! Really shows your TRUE COLORS... too bad you couldn't be a MAN and just give CREDIT where credit is DUE! Sounds like the Warriors played better... big whoop! There's always a winner and a loser... too bad you end up sounding a bit like Tony Romo... go cry to your Mommy, and leave your bad attitude at home...

You SERIOUSLY owe the Warriors an apology... and for that matter... the BROOKLYN PAPER owes an apology as well... this article should NEVER been allowed to go to print!

STEP UP, and do the RIGHT THING!
March 29, 2011, 12:19 pm
Marlana from Akwesasne says:
The Warriors worked hard all season and won, they did not get anything "HANDED" to them, to bad the reporter couldn't just report the facts and give credit where credit is do. Congrats to the Akwesasne Warriors and Management, on a great season, and we all look forward to the next one !
March 29, 2011, 8:56 pm
Keith from Akwesasne says:
I want to say poor Title but I do want to Congratulate the NY Aviators Goalie Kevin Druce. He put on a great show some of the save's he did was awesome. Kevin did do an outstanding job. As for the aviators I guess they weren't as hungry for the win as the Warriors. Good job boy's bringing the cup to Canada were Hockey is our sport ,passion and it deserve to be here. As for the Headline the person who wrote is suppose to be professional but as we have seen even in our own media circle there are media people aren't always professional. Thanks for giving Allison Credit for her Photo she worked hard all year and took some great shots..
March 29, 2011, 9:15 pm
Kanatiiosh from Akwesasne says:
This is an outrageous and ill thought out heading ! I'd like to see an apology be forthcoming from the reporter, editor, and the owner of the Brooklyn paper to the people of Akwesasne.

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, my father, uncle and many cousins were Iron worker who traveled, lived, and worked in Brooklyn, so do not forget Akwesasne's unique ties to Brooklyn and the rest of the city.
March 30, 2011, 6:36 am
Anthony from CT says:
This writer is a tool...."made short work of the Danbury Whalers"?????????? Danbury forced them to game 5 and won in overtime
March 30, 2011, 3:29 pm
kjackson from akwesasne says:
GO WARRIORS GO!! GO WARRIORS GO!! awsome season boys!
March 30, 2011, 6:28 pm
wanda says:
Oh please who cares this team and the whole FHL is a joke. It's not the NHL and the owners of these teams google them yeah there all clean with clean records
April 1, 2011, 10:49 am
Domish13 from NYC says:
Typical Brooklyn whining by this writer. The Aviator fans thought they would be handed the trophy no questions asked. They lost three games at home in the playoffs when during the regular season, they lost once in regulation. Brooklyn pro teams (including the Aces and Cyclones) seem to choke come playoff time.

Short work of Danbury? I don't think so. Best-of-five series won by the Aviators in overtime in game five. Two overtime games, a late penalty shot in game three, a comeback by the Aviators when they were down 2-1 and probably one of the best playoff series that I have seen at any level of hockey.

Looking forward to next season. In the meantime, perhaps an article should be written about the poor attendance at most Aviators games.
April 1, 2011, 3:23 pm
Mike from Hudson Valley says:
Reason why this writer who is a shill for the Brooklyn team
is whining because he was eating sour grapes.First of all it was a five game series vs Danbury which forced an overtime in game 5. They lost to the team which played better than them.
April 4, 2011, 2:25 pm

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