The final buzzer sounded on Sunday, June 15th and the inaugural season of LA Jewish Hockey League drew to a magnificent close. Parents, siblings and supporters witnessed team TwinMed edge team LA Property Management, 5-3, in a thrilling final; a fitting end to a terrific season.
The four-team division (for boys ages 6-12) played 14 regular and post-season games. Teams CG Photography and Western Kosher rounding out the league.
Led by the talented Yehudah Manoucheri, high-flying TwinMed was near the top of the league in scoring, but defensive struggles often kept them out of the win column early in the season. With solid play from goaltender Akivah Haberman, the eventual champs finished the season posting a 4-0-1 record including the final, to claim the crown.
Finishing the regular season with an 8-2-2 mark, LA Property Management was favored heading into the playoffs. But upset-minded Western led the regular season champs, 4-1, late in the one-game-elimination playoff. LA Prop roared back scoring three unanswered goals including two in the closing two minutes of regulation to tie the game.
LA Prop won in a shootout completing the comeback and keeping their championship dreams alive. The ultimate wakeup call for LA Prop came midway thru the 3rd period of the final when the team’s leading scorer, Dovi Botnik, went down with a hand injury hampering the favorite’s scoring ability despite the superb effort.
Scrappy and well-rounded, team CG Photography finished to a respectable 6-6-0 tally. Playing short-handed in its playoff game CGP lost a tough one, 5-3.
Playing a defensive-minded game, the Powder Blueshirts left it all out on the ice. “I am so proud to be their coach,” said Coach Tenenbaum “They played their hearts out”
Finally, Western Kosher went 7-7-0 in the regular season after losing some key players to trades prior to the season. Coach Levin relied on solid structure and game planning. Considered the sleeper coming into the playoffs, Western gave their top-seeded opponents all they could handle. Leading through most of the game, two late goals cost them in a memorable heart-breaker.
Win or lose, the boys had a blast on and off the ice while learning good sportsmanship and the value of teamwork.
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