Akwesasne one win away from inaugural FHL championship

Akwesasne one win away from inaugural FHL championship
The Akwesasne Warriors will have a chance to win the inaugural Federal Hockey League championship on home ice on Friday night. Akwesasne currently leads New York 2-0 in the best-of-five final.
PHOTO CREDIT - Allison Papineau

Cornwall - Mar. 20, 2011 - The Akwesasne Warriors are now just one win away from being crowned Federal Hockey League champions.

For the second time in as many nights, the Warriors fell behind early on Sunday night before rallying in the third period to beat the New York Aviators 6-4 in Game 2 of the FHL finals.

With the win, Akwesasne now has a 2-0 stranglehold on the best-of-five series, and they'll have a chance to win it all on Friday night at home (game time is 7:35 p.m.).

Warriors forwards Pierre Dagenais and Ahmed Mahfouz seemed to be working from the same playbook as they each scored hat tricks to lead the Warriors' offence on Sunday.

Jesse Felten scored two goals for the Aviators in the first period, while Michael Thomson and Andrew Scampoli also connected with late goals for New York.

But that was overshadowed by an explosive third period for the Warriors as Mahfouz and Dagenais combined for six goals, much to the suprise of the 600-plus Aviators fans in attendance.

David Plouffe stopped 24 shots to secure the second straight win for the Warriors.

The result sets up an ideal situation for the Warriors as they'll now have a chance to win the first-ever FHL title on home ice.

Click below to see a video montage (courtesy of Keith Papineau) of the Warriors' playoff run to date:

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