The aftermath of the High Holidays was apparent during Thursday’s Israel
Recreational Hockey League game as the Central Blues and Northern Whites skated
to a 7-7 draw on the Olympic ice at the Canada Centre in Metulla.
oleh Yechiel Luterman opened the scoring for the Blues with a quick shot that
beat goalie Jason Swirsky up high.
But neither team could muster a
sustained attack as both sides seemed to be hurting from the month-long layoff
and those oh-so-good desserts over the holidays.
Northern’s Dave Berger
was a standout on defense, stopping a couple of threeon- ones in the final
period to protect the tie.
The ice was slow, and players had to contend
with some patchy fog that has plagued Israel’s only full-size ice rink for the
past few months.
Registration remains open for new players wanting to
join the five-team league, which will host its fifth annual international
tournament in February with teams expected from the USA, Canada and Europe. For
more info on the league or tournament, write Israel–Hockey@hotmail.com.