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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Falcon's Nest News: Hats Off to Boys Hockey

Both the JV and Varsity Boys Hockey teams got their respective seasons off to flying starts this past week with excitement all around, including an overtime thriller from the JV and a hat trick from a leading senior to open the season for the Varsity.
On Oct. 22, the JV got things started on the right foot defeating Westchester Hebrew HS, 4-0. The offense set the tone early, carrying the majority of play deep in the Westchester zone and peppering their goalie with many shots. The team was led by the timely scoring and passing of Joseph Habert (2 goals, 1 assist) and Netanel Nemet (1 goal, 1 assist). Sam Beyda also got in on the scoring with an assist from the stick of Ralph Kraiem. Defensively, the Flatbush goalkeeping proved to be as sturdy as a stone wall, with Moshe Illouz and Aaron Kubie combining on the shut-out, blanking the Wolves on the evening. The JV followed up this strong performance with an exciting match with cross-town rival Magen David that needed overtime to decide on a winner. In front of a rowdy, balcony-filled crowd, Netanel Nemet slammed home the ball during the 5-minute 3-on-3 overtime session on a quick feed from Allan Bailey, causing the home bench to erupt and spill out onto the floor in excitement! In the team’s third game of the season, the JV drew a 1-1 tie with HANC. Joseph Habert scored the lone goal for the Falcons with an assist from Ralph Kraiem. The team was unable to capitalize on a number of scoring chances in the overtime period.
Not to be outdone, the Varsity continued the winning ways, putting up 4 goals against the Magen David Varsity and starting the season off with a convincing win over the rival Warriors. After yielding a soft goal to Magen David less than 3 minutes into the contest, the Falcons answered with 4 goals of their own the rest of the way. Chalk it up to early nerves, but after letting the first goal of the game squeak by, Senior goalie Stephen Esses tightened up the crease, and let nothing past him the rest of the way. Flatbush got on the board with a sharp shot from the stick of rookie Sam Laniado, putting home the first goal of the season and the first goal of his career (the first of what should be many to come over the next 4 years). Flatbush took the lead less than a minute later on a beauty of an exchange from Morris Bijou to Moe Maleh, and never looked back. Maleh would score two more times (off feeds from Marc Barsano and Sol Sasson) to record his first hat trick of the new season. The varsity kept the energy from the game flowing in its second contest behind the shut-out goaltending of Stephen Esses and the continued brilliance of Morris Bijou and Moe Maleh (one goal each) as well as the pin-point passing of Stevie Hafif (2 assists) to blank the Hurricanes of HANC 3-0. The third goal was tallied by Sam Laniado, his second of the season in as many games.
Nest Notes: The Varsity Basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season on 10/28, falling on the road to Rambam 3-1. The Varsity are back in action on Thursday, 10/31 at new league opponent YDE. The JV return to action on Sunday, 11/3 in a re-match with HANC on Long Island.