MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Madison Dodgers avenged their mid-season loss to Sparta, beating them 4-3 in the Halverson Cup Semifinal on Wednesday night at Mennen Arena. The Dodgers previously lost to Sparta, 6-4 on January 21st, but it was Madison getting the last laugh on Wednesday.
In the first period, the Dodgers conceited two straight goals and headed into the second period facing a 2-0 deficit.
“In between the period I just told them to play their game,” Head coach Dave Hansen said. “They were working to hard as individuals and needed to play like a team.”
And that’s exactly what Madison did in the second period, creating chances and opportunities. Will Scavone would get the Dodgers on the board with a goal midway through the second period that was assisted by Matt DeBoer. Just three minutes later, Scavone would find the back of the net again to tie things up 2-2 going into the third period.
“I knew we needed to get shots on net,” Scavone said. “We had to pepper this goalie with shots and it paid off.”
After Sparta scored to take a 3-2 lead, Charlie Cleaves answered with a goal of his own to tie things up at three goals apiece and send the game into overtime. DeBoer recorded his second assist on the play and he wasn’t done yet.
With 7:04 remaining in OT, DeBoer skated through the Sparta defensive zone and ripped a shot that ended up finding the back of the net and winning the game for the Dodgers.
Madison will have its hands full against a Roxbury team that they’ve already lost twice too, but look for the Dodgers to come out firing.
“We know we can play with them,” Hansen said. “The kids really want it this year and I think we’ll be able to give them a good game.”
The Halvorsen Cup Final between Madison and Roxbury will be played on Friday, February 17th at Mennen Arena at 5:45.