The Flatbush JV and Varsity Hockey teams played a pair of incredible games Wednesday night (11/28) with the JV defeating the Magen David Warriors in a second consecutive overtime thriller while the Varsity fell to the Warriors by a score of 3-1 after playing scoreless hockey for almost two complete periods at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
The JV Boys opened the night’s play, and both teams showed it would be a strategic battle from the start. The teams played even hockey for over two thirds of the opening period, before Magen David grabbed the early lead. Ronnie Novick played well in goal, but at the end of one period of play, Magen held a 1-0 lead.
Jacob Kassin, playing his second game after returning from injury, scored for Flatbush, evening the score at 1-1. Then, Gerry Sabbagh gave the Falcons the lead in the second period, scoring on a blast from behind the mid-line. It brought elation from the Falcon bench, and lifted the faithful in the stands out of their seats! Meanwhile, the defense tightened up, and Ronnie Novick was a wall in the goal. Kassin scored again, and Flatbush held a 3-2 lead.
The third period was a battle, and the next goal belonged to the Warriors. Everything was even at 3-3 when the clock read 0.00. The rivals were headed to overtime!
For the second game in a row, the extra period 3-on-3 format was dominated by the Falcons, and when Sabbagh scored his second goal of the game, Flatbush was victorious. It was the team’s second consecutive overtime win, as the Falcons defeated the Warriors 4-3.
Head Coach Elliot Zakay was very pleased with the performance of his young team, and especially with the results. ” The JV played very well.” he shared. “They were a little inconsistent, with the 2nd period being the strongest of the game as usual, but all that matters in this one is the W. They earned it.”
NEST NOTES: The two teams will face off again next Wednesday, December 5, in a rematch of the doubleheader. This time around the games will be played at Magen David HS. JV is scheduled for a 7:30 pm start, with the Varsity to follow shortly thereafter.