MADISON, NJ - The Madison Dodgers ice hockey team entered the weekend with a 7-1-1 record. Playing in the Jefferson Holiday Tournament, the Dodgers split their two games, dropping the first game of the tournament and only their second loss of the season 7-5 to Pequannock. The Dodgers bounced back in high scoring fashion in the second game beating Dumont 10-0 for their eighth victory of the year.
The Dodgers took on Pequannock in the first round of the Jefferson Holiday Tournament. The game would prove to be an offensive battle as both teams struggled keeping the other off the score sheet. The Dodgers started slow as Pequannock scored two goals to take an early first period lead.
Determined to get his team on the board during a power play, sophomore Jared Finnerty hammered in the first of his varsity career to shorten the lead to one. Less then 40 seconds later Pequannock scored again to make it a 3-1 game. Madison battled back as Ryan Hoover scored with assists from Finnerty and Kyle Midlige. Finnerty struck for his second goal and third point of the game off the pass from Hoover.
Pequannock continued to answer back taking the lead late in second period. Defenseman Kyle Midlige scored his fifth goal of the year off a pass from freshman Will Scavone to tie the game with less than a minute remaining in the second. Entering the third period penalty trouble allowed Pequannock to take the 5-4 lead. Ryan Hoover scored his second of the game to yet again tie things up. Pequannock answered with the go ahead goal and the Dodgers were unable to tie. Pequannock added an empty net goal to seal the 7-5 loss for Madison.
In the second game of the Jefferson Tournament, Madison scored early and never looked back, beating Dumont 10-0. Hoover led the way with a hat trick, scoring shorthanded, even strength, and on the man advantage. Hoover also added an assist to finish an impressive weekend with five goals and two assists in the two tournament games. Matt Sweeney returned to action after missing the last three games due to injury.
Picking up where he left off, Sweeney scored two goals in his return. Harrison Meyer also added two goals in the game. Peter Cleaves scored a power play goal, Jared Finnerty scored, and Michael Gleason added a goal and two assists on the day. Freshman defenseman Will Scavone chipped in three assists. Peter Andersson taking a night off from between the pipes skated out and added two assists. Seniors Adam Graham and Danny Nisivoccia also had assists in the game. Chris Rogers, the Dodgers back up goalie got the start and took advantage of his opportunity. Rogers stopped all 17 shots he faced including a couple breakaway chances from Dumont. Rogers was flawless picking up his first victory of the season.
The JV hockey Dodgers improved to 4-2 on the season defeating Parsippany on Saturday.
The Dodgers are back in action Friday night--weather permitting--in a Haas division contest against Mt. Olive at 5:45 p.m. at Mennen Arena.