Despite losing Lyle Thompson early in the first quarter and seeing their goalie Doug Jamieson go down early in the third quarter, the Iroquois were able to secure the 17-6 win as they breezed past Israel, especially in the second half.
Randy Staats (3G/7A) and Cody Jamieson (2G/8A) led the way for Iroquois with ten points each in the win. For Israel, they were led by Kyle Bergman who scored three goals and Adam Fischer who had three points (1G/2A).
Israel got on the board first with a goal from Daniel Applebaum just a few minutes in. Iroquois answered with a three-goal run that included two goals from Brendan Bomberry and one from Miles Thompson to take the 3-1 lead. From that point on, Iroquois held the lead the rest of the way.
After some back-and-forth play to end the first, Iroquois came into the second quarter holding just a 4-3 lead. While it was a more defensive heavy quarter on both sides, Iroquois outscored Israel 3-1 in the second to take a 7-4 lead into the half. Cody Jamieson scored with just 2.4 seconds left on the clock to get Iroquois to get to 7.
While Israel had been hanging in there with Zach Higgins playing phenomenal in net, Iroquois started to pull away in the third as Israel seemingly lost the ability to keep up their pace on defense against the fiery Iroquois offense.
Iroquois started the third on a three-goal run with Kyle Jackson, Jordan Durston, and Thomas Hoggarth all getting on the board. Israel was able to answer with two straight from Kyle Bergman, cutting the Iroquois lead to 10-6 late in the third.
From the final minute in the third through the final horn, Iroquois scored seven straight to secure the 17-6 win over Israel.
Israel will face USA tomorrow night and Iroquois will face England on Saturday after getting a day off tomorrow.