MORRISTOWN, NJ - Madison’s Alex Williams scored with 1:21 left in the third period to salvage a upsetting tie with Verona-Glen Ridge Wednesday night.
“It was definitely a disappointing game for us and it wasn’t our best effort tonight,” Andersson said.
Both teams came out evenly matched, as they each had an equal amount of scoring opportunities early but neither could find the back of the net.
With 8:54 remaining in the period, Madison’s Jimmy Piechnick found Peter Andersson for the game’s first goal. Madison kept the pressure on and scored with 18.2 seconds left in the period as Erik Andersson hammered home a rebound. Ryan Hoover and Matt Sweeney were credited with assists on the play.
The second period saw more action and a flurry of scoring, as Verona scored just 39 seconds into the period when Matt Martell tipped in a high shot off the stick of Connor Duffus to cut the Dodger lead in half. Verona knotted the score at two when Michael Lloyd scored a wrap-around goal.
The Dodgers responded when a high sticking penalty was called on Verona-Glen Ridge. The ensuing power play resulted in Erik Andersson putting the puck around goaltender Jake Biondi to put Madison back on top.
Coach Dave Hansen was not happy with the team’s effort in the second period.
“Everyone thought the game was over, and it took until Verona started scoring for us to wake up,” he said.
The third period was balanced both ways, with neither team being able to get past the opposing net minders.
Verona capitalized on a tipped shot by Cam Gilmore to tie the game at 3-3.
They finally take the lead and completed their comeback when Dylan DeCandia ripped a shot by Grant Perry into the top right corner on passes from Owen Gleeson and Matt Martell.
Madison followed with a sense of urgency, putting pressure
on Verona. The Dodgers eventually broke through when Williams gave Erik Andersson a pass from the point as he tipped it in to salvage a tie with Verona.
Hansen explained his approach to the game tying goal.
“We were just trying to get something on net and have two guys in front of it to see if something would happen,” he said.
Andersson finished with two goals and an assist on the night, while Verona’s Connor Duffus finished with two points on the night, both coming on assists.
Madison improves 10-5-, while Verona is 2-13-1 on the season.