Friday, March 31, 2023

March 23 finally arrived and the TABC Storm and Rambam Ravens traveled to Lawrence Middle School to play for the JV hockey championship. The Storm were looking to capture the sixth straight championship in the JV league.

The stands were filled as the game started out with both teams getting early chances, but were tied late in the first period. With one minute remaining Coach Norm Blumenthal put on the Storm’s top line and Ari Fuchs (’16) ripped a shot from the point which found the back of the net and gave TABC a 1-0 lead after the first period.

The fans barely got back to their seats when just 6 seconds into the second period Yair Knoller (’16) scored, giving the Storm a commanding 2-0 lead. The Ravens refused to go away and responded with a goal of their own cutting the lead to 2-1 by the end of the period.

The Storm started the third period on the power play and Ari Fuchs then hammered home his second goal of the game giving TABC a 3-1 lead. Once again the Ravens responded scoring a power play goal cutting the lead to 3-2. For the next few minutes the chances were even, but neither team could find the back of the net. With just under 5 minutes left in the game Calev Minsky (’’16) took a wrist shot from the point and it somehow, someway got past the Rambam goaltender. Just seconds later Jonah Ganchrow (’16) stuffed in another goal giving the Storm a 5-2 lead with 4 minutes remaining.

TABC won by this score and captured the sixth straight championship for the JV team and Coach Norm, and made 2014 the eighth straight year that a TABC team has won a hockey championship. Ari Fuchs, with his two goals, was awarded MVP of the game.

Congratulations to Coach Norman Blumenthal, Assistant Coach Avinoam Teplow Phipps,(’08) and Director of Hockey Operations, Coach Mo Fuchs, for their work throughout the season.

Looking forward to next year as the JV Storm will go for the “7-peat.”

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