By Art Chill
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Springfield, Mass was the next stop for the Roadrunners. This was a first-time meeting for the two teams. The start of the game was slightly delayed as the Pride raised their second consecutive Colonial Conference championship. The ceremony lead to an adrenalin rush which carried through the first period. The Pride was not a particularly big team but played a physical game. Ramapo opened the scoring at 2:58 when Keith Doherty converted a pass from Kyle DeBel. Nick Routé picked up an assist on the play. The lead was short-lived just 37 seconds later when Springfield knotted the score. There so no more scoring in the first period. Springfield broke the tie at 2:02 of the second period. Ramapo roared back, and David Sabato tied the score just two minutes later. Chris Dressler and Luke Campomenosi assisted on the goal. Ramapo regained the lead on a power play goal by Bobby Spetz. DeBel and Campomenosi were credited with assists. Goals came at a quick pace in the second period. Loose play in front of the Ramapo net resulted in the Pride tying the score at three at 15:50. It was the third time the score was tied. However, the tie was short-lived. The junior class line of DeBel-Spetz-Doherty gave Ramapo the lead just 42 seconds later. Doherty was credited with his second goal of the game. Ramapo took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission. It was a very physical game for two periods. The third period was a different story. The Roadrunners superior physical conditioning shut Springfield down. Ramapo has only given up 5 goals in the third period in its first 8 games. Campomenosi widen the margin with a power-play goal at 5:11. Spetz and David Sabato received assists. Ramapo was kept at bay by strong Springfield goaltending for 10 minutes. A tired Pride team were mismatched in the last five minutes of the game. The DeBel-Spetz-Doherty line connected again. This time DeBel put the back in the back of the net. Both Spetz and Doherty received assists. Derek Sabato’s 40-foot wrist shot closed out the scoring with just 45 seconds remaining in the game. Tom Stapleton assisted on the goal. The third line of David and Derek Sabato and Eric Frieman contributed both offensively but defensively to add an additional threat to the Ramapo arsenal. Sean Gordon had 29 saves in net for his fourth win of the season.
Ramapo takes a 7-1 win into next week’s crucial weekend. They play Farmingdale State University and Fairfield University Saturday and Sunday respectively. Both are perennial powerhouses of the Atlantic Region. They both went to Nationals the last three years. This will be a critical test for the young Roadrunners, who hope to score high enough in the rankings to advance to the post season. Next Saturday, November 3 the Roadrunners travel Farmingdale for an 8:30 PM game. The Roadrunners return home to Ice Vault the following day to face Fairfield at 6:15 PM.