Boys Junior Varsity Hockey, Boys Varsity Hockey · JV Hockey Wins Second Consecutive OT Thriller; Varsity Takes Tough Loss


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.”

The Varsity took the floor next, and the Falcons met the Warriors with spirit and energy.  The opening period was a stalemate, with neither team able to solve the other’s defense.  Flatbush was lifted by the goaltending of Junior Joe Tawil.  The same could be said for most of the second period, but midway through, the Falcon defense faltered, and Magen David got the first goal of the game.
Flatbush managed one major offensive, with Rafi Nemet beating the MDY goalie on a beautiful set up from Joe Shamosh.  Other than that, though, the Falcons were stymied all night long by the Warrior defense.  Magen David managed two more goals, and took home the road win by a score of 3-1.
  
Afterwards, Coach Zakay had great praise for his goalie.  “The Varsity never really was able to get any consistency all night long, but Joe Tawil kept us in the game the entire night, making stop after stop. It was an impressive performance.”

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.