The Varsity Lions headed to Long Island to take on the top seeded HAFTR Hawks in their MYHSAL quarterfinal playoff match-up. This game was hyped to be close and exciting, and didn’t disappoint. MTA fans packed the HAFTR gym; our thanks to Mr. Dobrick for arranging a fan bus.

From the start, the MTA Lions didn’t let up. They fired shot after shot at the HAFTR goalie but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. Assistant Captain Ezra Quint, who played the best game of his MTA career, created several high quality scoring chances, but the first period ended with the score deadlocked at 0-0

In the second period, HAFTR was called for interference and MTA headed to the power play for their first – and ultimately only – time of the night. Captains Zev Markowitz and Ami Rosenfeld pestered the goalie with long shots with the few opportunities that they had, but the Hawks did a good job keeping the ball out of the zone. Just as the power play expired, a HAFTR offenseman put back a rebound to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

MTA was not to be denied much longer. Captain Markowitz took a long wrist shot from behind mid-court and beat the HAFTR goalie high to tie it up; the Lions were back in the game. The period ended 1-1 thanks to goalie Shuki Weinstein who was spectacular throughout the night.

In the final period, the Lions again did all they could to try to score but the HAFTR goalie made some unbelievable saves. With just 4:40 remaining in the game, the Hawks scored on a rebound to take the lead, and then two and a half minutes later, HAFTR scored again on a rebound to seal the win, 3-1.

The Lions played incredibly well in a tough game, but their season came to an end. Despite the disappointment, this team made big strides both on and off the court over the course of the season. Good luck to the MTA Lions next year!


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