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  • Jean Perron hockey school in Israel will start July 23rd, 2007.
  • The World Jewish Ice Hockey Tournament is tentatively scheduled to have its opening cermony on July 12th, 2007 in Metulla. The teams scheduled to participate are Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Russia, and USA.
  • The location of the 2007 World Championships for Division II has been announced to be Seoul, Korea and will take place on April 2-8.
  • The location of the 2007 World Championships for Division II Under 18 has been announced to be Budapest, Hungary and will take place on April 14-21.
Hockey Night in Metulla

Brouhaha spoils opening game at Canada Centre


In the opening match up at the Canada Centre this past Friday, Nov. 17th., Metula and Haifa literally battled it out, with Metulla winning 3-1 in a penalty and fight filled shortened game.

Haifa jumped into an early lead, by a Vladimir Simpinsky tally, but couldn't sustain the momentum, as a number of penalties in the first frame cost them dearly, with two of Metulla's three goals coming off the power play. Vitaly Schwartzman scored the first while Yoni Knitor and Ivan Maklakov tallied the rest.

After a few minutes into the second frame, Haifa took yet another penalty. Team captain Sergei Belo argued profusely with referee Sergei Matin, and was given a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. While skating toward the penalty box, one of the fans shouted something at Belo, and Belo went over to exchange words. A fight erupted, and after order was restored. Matin ended the game.

In the second game, Rishon LeZion [ formerly known as Bat Yam II ] took Ma'alot's measure with a 7-4 win, with Avishai Geller tallying twice and assisting on three others. Marek Lebedev also had a productive evening, scoring one and adding three assists, while Tal Avnieri chipped in with two goals.

Rishon fired in three goals in the opening frame by Dmitry Czerniak, Lebedev and Geller before Ma'alot countered with their first, by Vlad Kosolopov, his first of two, while Avnieri notched his first to put Rishon up by 4-1 at the end of the opening period.

Three more tallies were made in the second frame, with Alexander Litvak opening the scoring, followed by Slava Golodnitsky's first of a pair, and then a Geller tally, unassisted; 6-2 after two.

Ma'alot came charging back in the final frame and narrowed the gap to 6-4 with a pair by Kosolopov and Golodnitsky, but Avnieri iced the game with his second of the night, assisted by Geller and Lebedev.

The Ma'alot team was fired up by the solid comeback that just fell short, while Geller said that his team felt that they had some defensive letdowns. "I know that my team was upset with our poor defense. Allowing four goals is not adequate."
New Ice Rink to be Built in Tel Aviv Area

New Rink to be built in Hod HaSharon

A new ice rink is planned to be built in Hod HaSharon, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Construction is scheduled to begin in March, 2007 and should be completed within 18 months.
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