England (1-4) defeated Israel (1-4) 9-7 in a very back-and-forth contest to advance to the championship bracket semifinals where they will face Canada on Thursday night. Israel drops down to the fifth place bracket and will play Netherlands on Thursday.
While Caleb Kuebler got England on the board early in the first, the majority of the first quarter was a tight defensive battle. Both goalies and defenses as a whole stood stout and gave the opposing offense a tough time getting good angles, setting their offense up, and getting any transition opportunities. Israel finally got on the board late in the first with Jean-Luc Chetner scoring two goals in 17 seconds to give Israel the 2-1 lead.
Israel came in to the second quarter with the 2-1 lead, but England tied it up pretty quickly with Nate Clare tying things up early in the second. Daniel Decklebaum answered for Israel to tie things back up. That trend of each team answering each other continued through the rest of the period as things were tied at 4 heading into the half.
While the back-and-forth nature of the game ensued in the third, England was able to get ahead with a late two-goal run from Same Clare and Lyndon Buino. Those two goals gave England a 7-5 led heading into the fourth, and a ton of energy as well.
Adam Fishman and Kyle Bergman scored two straight for Israel early in the fourth to tie things up at 7. The middle portion of the quarter saw a ton of defensive play, but that changed late in the quarter when Same Clare scored in transition to give England the 8-7 lead with 5:51 in the game. Caleb Kuebler scored with just one second left on the clock to secure the 9-7 victory for England.