MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ – As the third period began, Madison and Ramsey were at a 1-1 stalemate Thursday in round two of the NJSIAA Public C Tournament at William G. Mennen Sports Arena.
Dodger Dave Renzulli sent a shot flying toward Rams keeper Jon Kopack, but the puck landed inches short of the goal line. At net, Alvin Rhee was there to complete the shot and score what would be the first and only Madison point goal.
Tyler Botta of Ramsey got the game’s first point on the board midway through the opening period with Halik and Edwards on the assist.
“In the first period we didn’t show up,” said Madison head coach Dave Hansen. “We got outplayed.”
The Rams scored two more in the third period to secure the Dodgers’ downfall. Dan Halik put one in the net off passes from Botta and Chris Kourgelis. Botta secured another goal of his own with less than a minute left to play, an empty netter off passes from Edwards and Halik.
Hansen said he thought his team stepped it up in the game’s last 30 minutes—periods two and three—but that was not enough to secure a win that would have put Madison the state quarterfinal versus Glen Rock.
“Right from the getgo they need to understand they have to play 45 minutes,” Hansen said. “They can’t just play 30 minutes or 35 or even 40. It’s gotta be a 45-minute game.”
Madison did, however, take home the Halvorsen Cup this year with a 5-0 shutout victory over the West Morris Central Wolfpack.
“When they won the Halvorsen Cup they thought their season was over,” Hansen said of his team. “They didn’t bring that game tonight. I think if they did, we probably would have had a better outcome, but I’m very happy with this season. The boys worked hard all season.”