Tel Aviv’s campaign in the 2016 Ale Hřebesk Memorial came to an abrupt halt last Thursday afternoon as the Nova Scotia Privateers topped the Israelis 5-4 in a first-round playoff match at LCC Radotin in the Czech Republic.
The Israelis led 1-0 at the half on the back of goaltender Andrew Copeland, who was a brick wall for Tel Aviv. Nova Scotia got on the board early in the second half and built 4-2 and 5-3 leads. Bryan Hopper scored for Tel Aviv with 31 seconds remaining, and Israel had some late chances but couldn’t convert to force a shootout.
Hopper (two goals, one assist) led Tel Aviv, while Jacob Silberlicht (one goal, one assist), Aaron Tracy (one goal), Danny Bialosky (one assist) and Kyle Bergman (one assist) also chipped in. Copeland (30:00, 19 saves, 5 GA) was dealt the loss in goal.
Earlier in the day, Tel Aviv topped Czech club TJ Maleice, 2-1, to win Group C. Bradley Diamond and Bialosky scored a goal each, while Tracy added an assist. Copeland (30:00, 17 saves, 1 GA) earned the win in goal and earned Bialosky Cleveland MVP honors.
Tel Aviv had opened its campaign the day before on a positive note. Bergman scored twice to earn MyRegistry MVP honors as Tel Aviv LC beat Bats Bratislava 6-5 last Wednesday evening, also at LCC Radotin.
Aaron Tracy, Bryan Hopper and Cooper Levitan each added a goal apiece, while Joshua Bernstein and Franklin Pargh chipped in one assist. Chris Leone (30:00, 5 GA) earned the win in goal with a strong showing against the Slovaks.