Weekend Recap of New York Aviators: 9/24 & 9/25September 29, 2016
New York Aviators have first home game of inaugural season in the USPHL
The New York Aviators had their first home game of their inaugural season on Saturday, September 24th when they took on the New Jersey Hitmen. The Hitmen spoiled the home debut of the team by beating the Aviators. 7-3. The Aviators first goal was scored by Marks Meszargs, assisted by Justin Erman and Alex Sprague. The second goal was scored by John Matson assisted by Alex Sprague and Dalton Klein. The third goal was scored by Alex Sprague and assisted by Marks Meszargs. Alex Sprague was the Aviators players of the game with two goals and one assist. The turning point of the game came when we started taking too many penalties, said Head Coach Jeremy Meehan. “We allowed too many power play goals, and we came up short. We cannot win games in the penalty box.”
On Sunday, September 25th the Aviators traveled to New Jersey to face the Hitmen and unfortunately the result was no different in New Jersey. Too many penalties against the Aviators lead to shorthanded goals and a deficit the team could not climb out of. The only goal for the Aviators was scored by Austin Caryl assisted by CJ Bradburn. The Aviators fell to the Hitmen 7-1.
Certainly not the start the Aviators were looking for and Head Coach Jeremy Meehan had the following to say about the weekend series. “We need to be more disciplined on the Ice and not take dumb penalties. The turning point was the same, to0 many shorthanded goals. We fell into a big hole we couldn’t seem to get out of. Hopefully, we can get our injured players back on the ice real soon. That will make us a stronger team.”
The Aviators will look to pick up their first win of the season with an upcoming road trip this weekend (10/1 and 10/2) against the Syracuse Stars.