Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00
The Jericho Middle School Hockey Team finished its first season, reaching the semifinal round of the Long Island Championship, losing by one goal in the last minute to the eventual champions Massapequa. League officials commented that they have never seen such exciting hockey at the Middle School level as in this game.
For the Jayhawks, the season was a great experience. The team earned enough points to tie for the second spot in the regular season of a very strong A- Division.
In an earlier game in the season versus Syosset, center Nolan Aibel scored the game-winning goal with 4 seconds left in the game. Co-captains Harry Kaye and Scott Pergament, as well as assistant captain Zach Talve, and goalie Evan Kaminer were selected to the Lighthouse Cup, an all-star game sponsored by the Islanders and played on the Nassau Coliseum Ice.
Center Jeremy Bracco, son of Coach Mike Bracco, was named league MVP and won the overall scoring title. Center Nolan Aibel was among the top three goal-scorers in the league, and defenseman Adam Fox was among the top two assist leaders.
The season marked the first time playing organized hockey for many of the sixth-graders. First-time points were scored by forwards Parker Feinerman, Noah Dematteo, Justin Steinberg, A.J. Pinto, and Evan Weinberg (scoring in the Quarterfinal Playoff game vs. Port Washington.)
The team was also helped by the strong play of defensemen Sammy Soifer, who scored in back to back power plays against Long Beach, and Josh Landsberg who scored on a number of power plays. Goalie Brandon Waller came up big when called upon, especially during a period when Kaminer was injured.
Center Andrew Greene added to the team’s offensive fire power. Greene racked up 20 goals in 10 games. Max Kahn joined and immediately helped the team’s drive to the playoffs. Max scored an incredible unassisted goal while falling to the ice, and solidified the defense in the homestretch of some very tough games. Cole Pergament assisted in the team’s early wins with his smart defensive play.
The team will miss the eighth-graders who will be moving up to the newly formed Jericho High School Team: Forwards Zach Talve, Jon Amodio, Tyler Amodio, Matt Kravitz, defenseman Scott Pergament, Harry Kaye, and goalie Evan Kaminer. Special recognition goes out to assistant captain Reed Ginsberg for his tough play, scoring 6 goals early in the season.
Special thanks go out to the Coaches: Mike Bracco, Marty Kaye, and Larry Waller. Additional thanks go out the parents of all the players; their support for the team was exceptional. The team looks forward to competing again in the Nassau County A-Division Championship.