Undefeated Ashkelon Rolls Over Kiryat Gat, Goes Clear of Ashdod

Haifa knocks off previously unbeaten Ashdod.

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Ashkelon continued its winning ways with an ultimately comfortable 11-6 win over Kiryat Gat LC last Monday at the New Municipal Stadium.

The southern powerhouse is undefeated and alone at the top. That’s because Ashdod fell from the unbeaten ranks on Tuesday, at the hands of Haifa.

Ashkelon’s Benjamin Lassow earned Player of the Game honors with four goals, while Drew Saltzman also had a big day with three goals and an assist.

Ashkelon jumped out to an early lead, but Kiryat Gat kept the game close with a four-goal surge in the second half.

However, it wasn’t enough to overcome Ashkelon’s dominant play, as Kiryat Gat fell to 0-3.

Gabriel Gross (60:00, 7 saves, 6 GA) earned the win in goal for Ashkelon.

Mitch Turley led Kiryat Gat with four goals, while Philip Werfs (60:00, 13 saves, 11 GA) was dealt the loss between the pipes.

In Tuesday’s over contest in southern Israel, Haifa rode a six-goal second-half run to overcome host Ashdod 9-3, at Ashdod Sport Club.

The game was tied 3-3 in the third quarter, before Aaron Feinberg kicked off the six-goal blitz with a score in the final seconds of the frame.

Andrew Landsman and the Haifa defense held Ashdod scoreless for the final 21 minutes of regulation time.

Yochanan Katz was named Player of the Game with four goals for Haifa (2-1), while Eric Fischer also had a big day on both sides of the field, playing the first half in goal (30:00, 5 saves, 2 GA) and the second half on offense (two goals, one assist).

Feinberg added two goals for Haifa and Alex Sigel chipped in with two assists. Landsman (30:00, 3 saves, 1 GA) earned the win in the cage.

Alec Aloni (two goals) and Lidor Ashtamkar (one goal) scored for Ashdod (2-1). Andrew Copeland (60:00, 4 saves, 9 GA) was dealt the loss.

Haifa met Ashkelon last night, while Ashdod took on Be’er Sheva, both games ending after press time.

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