UNION, NJ - The Governor Livingston Highlanders defeated the Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs 5-3 in a very physical ice hockey game at Union Sports Arena.
Jonathan Dayton goaltender Bailey Rudolph missed the game due to an injury. Danny Bass, JD’s backup goaltender performed well with 28 saves. In terms of injuries for Dayton, their head and assistant captains were both out.
Dayton head coach Matt Schachtel said he looks forward to seeing all of his injured players recovered and seeing them play again later on in the season.
Governor Livingston tried their best to get the puck into the net with 33 shots on the goal, while Dayton managed only 25 shots in the game.
Players who scored for Jonathan Dayton included Will Francis and Matt McCracken. Francis had two goals and McCracken had one. For Governor Livingston, assistant captain Eric Bland and Frank Sevello each had two goals, Frank Sevello had two goals, and Mark Ripley had one goal.
When asked about his team’s performance during tonight’s game, Governor Livingston head coach David Scales said the game started off rough for the Highlanders but they pulled through.
“I thought we had a sloppy first period and a sloppy beginning to the second period,” Scales said. “By the third period, I think we finally settled down to play as a team.”
Bland said the team needs to play better earlier in the game to be successful.
“We won the game but we need to play harder first and second period,” he said. “In the third period, we really came out hard.”
Schachtel thought this was the best his Jonathan Dayton team had played all year despite the loss.
“I think it was the best game we played all season,” Schactel said. “We were physical and we played as a team and I think we just need to take advantage of all of the opportunities we have and stay focused for all three periods. We’re looking forward to seeing our injured players get better and we’re waiting to see them play later in the season.”