Greece strikes back Israel in OT, 7-6

BRYN MAWR, PENNSYLVANIA — Israel played their second overtime game in as many days, falling to Greece, 7-6, at the 2016 Philadelphia International Showdown on Monday at Shipley School.

The Greeks led 4-1 at the half, but Israel scored four straight to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth quarter. Greece battled back for a 6-5 advantage before Daniel Leventhal struck with 1:18 remaining to tie the game and force overtime.

Greece scored at approximately 2:00 into the extra period to win their first game of the weekend.

Leventhal led Israel with two goals, while Sam Roth added one goal and one assist. Noah Hirshorn and Adam Wolf added singles. Daniel Sussingham, Greg Bortnick and Tyler Brown-Ortiz each had an assist.

Ryan Rosenthal (62:18, 12 saves, 7 GA) was dealt the loss in goal.

While the tournament was a Men’s (Senior) division event, Israel fielded a predominantly U-19 team as the program develops and transitions their player pool for the next level. Philippines won the “Showdown” final, finishing with a 3-1 record on the weekend. Hungary and Israel each finished 2-2, while Greece was 1-3.

Additional caps – Samuel Dubner, Will Gettinger, Sam Hecht, Zachary Horowitz, Jules Jacobs, Ethan Kruteck, Jared Rubin, Corey Sachs, Isaac Sacks, Ben Scharf, Dan Shelanski, David Wolfson