Lakatos returns home a gold medalist and MVP

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BRICK — Brick’s Jake Lakatos is not only a member of the United States Maccabiah Junior Team, but returned home a gold medalist and MVP of the gold medal game against our neighbor from the North, Canada. Team USA won the gold medal game last Sunday, 5-2, over Canada, going undefeated, 5-0, throughout the entire Maccabiah games, facing and shutting out Canada a total of three times inside the Pais Arena, in Jerusalem. “When has the U.S. ever swept Canada in international hockey, ever?” questioned Lakatos. “The fact that we beat them three-out-of-three times is huge. The fact that we went undefeated in the whole thing, it was awesome.” Lakatos, who was a standout in goal for Team USA, came up with three big saves, keeping the game, 3-1, in favor of the United States during the second and preventing Canada from evening up the score. “I kept it to a 3-1 game when it easily could have been 3-3, which could have changed everything,” explained Lakatos. Team USA scored two more goals in the third, securing the win and a gold medal. “When Jake was between the pipes for us, we always knew we had a good chance of winning,” said Team USA head coach Jon Sandos. “He kept games close and competitive and seemed to come up with a huge save at the right moment.” His performance in goal earned him the MVP of the gold medal game, the only goalie recognized as a Player of the Game throughout the entire tournament. “I was kind of surprised by that one,” said Lakatos on his earning MVP. “It was pretty cool, because I was the only goalie in the entire tournament to get Player of the Game.” As for his ice hockey career, he will continue to play for the New Jersey 87’s in the Eastern Hockey League, near the end of August.  

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