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The Madison Dodgers ended their 3-game losing streak Saturday, January 2nd with a 4-1 win over the Mendham Minutemen. Mendham also came into the game fresh off two losses, so both teams were eager for the win.

The first goal of the game came midway through the first period from Mendham Captain Matt Lavalette, assisted by Tim Naval and Sam Bechard.

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Mendham’s John Inganamort uses nifty stick work to keep the puck away from the Dodgers (photo by Mike McCann).

Madison struck right back 38 seconds later, with a goal by Senior Aaron Willsea and assists from Michael Gleason and Will Scavone.

With the score tied at 1 at the end of the first period, the Dodgers seized the momentum and took the lead in the second. Freshman Kyle Pruzik had his first career goal, with an assist from Chris Rosica, to give Madison a 2-1 lead. After a Madison turnover, goalie Kavi Sinha had 2 impressive back-to-back saves near the end of the second period to maintain the Dodgers’ lead over Mendham.

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Mendham goalie Tanner Brown readies himself as the Madison offense advances (photo by Mike McCann).

Scavone, a Madison junior, boosted his team’s lead to 3-1 with a powerplay goal assisted by Gleason and Ryan Carson at 10:31 in the second period.

Gleason had Madison’s fourth and final goal in the third period, assisted by Charlie Cleaves, to make the final game score 4-1. Gleason, a Dodgers’ senior, led the night in points with a goal and 2 assists, to help his team to victory.

Sinha ended the night with 27 saves, allowing only 1 goal, giving him a 0.964 save percentage. Mendham’s Dylan Euvino had a 0.875 save percentage, stopping 28 of the 32 Madison shots on goal.

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Dodger goalie Kavi Sinha has 27 saves during his masterful defensive performance against the Minutemen (photo by Mike McCann).

This is Mendham’s third straight loss, putting them in Madison’s shoes by the end of the game. Mendham’s offense was unable to capitalize on some goal scoring opportunities, allowing Madison to take over offensively and put their losing streak behind them with a win over the Minutemen.

Analisa is a junior at Mendham High School in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program. She has also been a three-year member of the Mendham High School cheerleading team, as well as a member of the MHS golf team. She is a Mendham High School peer leader, and is in the process of completing her Girl Scout Gold Award by working with underprivileged children.

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