MADISON, NJ – Madison boys ice hockey fell 4-2 on Wednesday to the Livingston Lancers at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange.
Junior Jett Tom put the Dodgers’ first point on the board with help from Kent Sanchez and Alvin Rhee scored an unassisted goal on Livingston keeper Matthew Delseni to bring Madison up 2-0 in the first period.
Livingston senior Chase Friedfertig, one of the team’s top scorers, brought the Lancers back to life less than a minute later with an assist from teammates Eric Frieman and Dylan Foley.
Madison had a chance to deepen its lead as overlapping second-period penalties on Ben Litvin and Jacob Fuhrman gave the Dodgers a 5-3 advantage on the ice for about 80 seconds, but the team was unable to score.
“Their mind wasn’t really into it on the power play,” said Madison head coach Dave Hansen about his team’s performance. “They didn’t show up today. Livingston is a very good team, they capitalized on our mistakes.”
While Dodger Jett Tom sat in the box for tripping halfway through the second period, Livingston scored two consecutive power play goals. Friedfertig had a hand in both, scoring first in the second period off Adam Steiner and assisting Steiner 30 seconds later in his own goal to bring the Lancers up 3-2.
Though Livingston obtained nearly twice the number of penalties on Wednesday, Madison was unable to get the puck in the net while on power play.
“We weren’t able to shoot the puck,” Hansen said. “They were just passing the puck around and playing keep away. You can’t play keep away, you gotta shoot the puck and score goals.”
Hansen said he tried to inspire his team going into the game’s final period, but said his team’s “effort wasn’t really there.”
“I just told them after the second period, ‘You’ve got to win the period, you have to work hard. It’s not going to come easy, don’t stop skating and you’ve got to pressure the puck,’ and they didn’t do any of it,” he said.
With about three minutes left to play, Madison junior and team captain Kyle Pruzick received a five-minute penalty for elbowing. Team captain Greg Rocheville scored Livingston’s final point in that time—the Lancers’ third straight power play goal—with help from Friedfertig.
Now 12-4 for the season, Madison takes on Kinnelon (2-9-1) Friday at 4:40 p.m. at Skylands Ice World, 2765 Route 23 in Stockholm. This is the second time the two teams will go head to head this season after the Dodgers defeated Kinnelon 6-1 on Dec. 18.
“Hopefully we get a W,” Hansen said, referencing Friday’s game.