The Flatbush Boys Varsity Hockey team got a real boost Tuesday night (1/2/18) as they welcomed back team captain Sol Laniado, and rode his big time performance in net to a 3-2 victory over the cross-town rival Magen David Warriors at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
The Varsity Falcons were ecstatic to finally have their captain back, and it showed in their play right from the opening drop. There was an extra spring in their step and they challenged the Warriors all over the floor. The floor players’ efforts were rewarded, as Captain and Junior Goaltender Sol Laniado was as sharp as ever between the pipes. He was challenged early, and met every chance with relaxed attentiveness, and denied each shot the Warriors sent his way the entire opening period. Nevertheless, the Falcons were still playing with little depth, and most of the period was played in their zone. After one full period of play, the teams were still knotted at 0-0.
The 2nd period opened with a flurry of shots sent towards the Flatbush goal, followed by a scrum right in front of the Falcon goal. Magen David’s players thought they had put one past Laniado, but that was not the case. Rafi Nemet assisted in saving the goal, but drew a penalty for knocking the goal off its moorings (particularly in that he used an opposing player to help accomplish the task). Laniado upped his game, and was on fire during the penalty kill. The Flatbush netminder denied all of the Warrior poweer play chances. Flatbush looked to then take advantage of the momentum swing, but the Falcons were stoned by the Warrior goalie after a beautiful centering pass from Jack Tawil to Albert Saad. The Warrior goalie came up big again just a moment later, stopping a Steven Sutton blast from the point. Flatbush then took a too many men on the floor penalty at 6:37. Just 20 seconds in to the penalty kill, Jack Tawil turned the tables on Magen, getting Flatbush on the board first with a short handed goal. When MDY took a second penalty, Flatbush had a two man advantage. They took that advantage, and just as the first man came out of the box, Rafi Nemet drove home score number two for the Falcons, taking a 2-0 lead. The end of the period saw Flatbush extend their lead further with their third goal of the game, a drive by Sutton off a most accurate Nemet pass.
At 7:01 of the final period, MDY finally solved Laniado and got on the board. A defensive lapse let MDY get within one with 20 seconds to play. The defense then tightened up and closed it out, though, for the hard earned 3-2 victory!
NEST NOTES: The win puts the Falcons record at 4-6-0-1. With three games left to play, the boys still have a shot at a winning season, though the road is a tough one. With time off now for exams and Winter Break, the boys will return to action at the end of January when they will travel to Long Island to take on North Shore on Wednesday, January 31, in the second game of a JV/varsity doubleheader. Game time is approximately 8:30 pm.