December 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM
MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Madison High School varsity ice hockey team improved to 5-1 on Monday after a 11-1 bashing over Morris Catholic at Mennen Arena.
Senior forward Alex Gleason scored four goals to lead the Dodgers to their third consecutive win.
Alex Gleason, whose younger brother Michael is a top freshman on the team, has scored five goals this year in limited playing time due to Team Comcast travel hockey commitments.
"My first game back with Madison I kind of struggled," Gleason said, despite scoring two goals in his season debut. "Now, its starting to go really well. I used to play with Erik when we were younger."
Alex, along with forward Erik Andersson and Kyle Midlige connected for two of the first three goals in the game, leading Madison to a four-goal first period.
The Dodgers led right out of the opening face-off, as Alex Gleason scored 37 seconds into the game. Michael Gleason made it 2-0 less than five minutes late, before Alex, Erik Andersson and Midlige connected for the second time to make it 3-0 with three minutes to play in the period.
Ryan Hoover made it a four goal lead in the final minute of the opening period.
Morris Catholic got on the board in the opening minute of the second period when Tim Doyle scored on a wrap-around, but Madison responded with four more goals in the second period.
Erik Andersson scored an unassisted goal, followed quickly by Hoover's second score. Alex Gleason then beat the goalie between his legs to make it 7-0, getting the assist from his brother Michael.
MAdison took an 8-1 lead into the third period, where Gleason Alex Gleason scored his fourth goal.
With 6:23 to play in the game, Madison's Dan Niisivoccia scored to end the game on a 10-goal mercy rule.
Dodger goal tender Peter Andersson earned the win for Madison. He faced only 14 shots in the game, compared to the 58 shots on goal Madison had on the offensive end.
"Our first instinct tonight was to get a lot of shots," Madison head coach Dave Hansen said. "We heard the other goalie was good. They don't have a lot of skaters, but they skated hard. Its nice being able to skate all four lines, everyone had equal ice time tonight. Its nice when you have different guys scoring goals."
Madison returns to Mennen Arena on Saturday when they face Morris Hills beginning at 6:15 p.m.