October 15, 2018

By Art Chill

WAYNE, NJ – The Rowan Profs rolled into Ice Vault anticipating that they would embarrass the Roadrunners in their own building. Last season Ramapo traveled south to Rowan and was drubbed 8-2. Outstanding goaltending by Sean Gordon kept the score from going into double figures. A cocky Owls team and a poor game plan resulted in a resounding 10-2 thrashing by Ramapo! Rowan was a big and fast team, but the Roadrunners quickly sent a message. Co-captain Chris Dressler opened the scoring at 5:56 on assists by Kyle DeBel and Keith Henning. Bobby Mulligan added an unassisted short-handed goal at the 17:35. Sloppy play in front of the Ramapo net led to a Rowan goal that cut the score in half just 20 seconds later. For whatever reason, Ramapo’s second period has been devastating to opponents. A very close checking game turned into a rout in the second period. The Roadrunners scored 6 goals in the middle frame. Ramapo’s deadly power play scored three of the goals. Luke Campomenosi opened the scoring at 1:50 followed by Gary Ragusa at 2:08. Dressler (2), Mulligan, and Spetz lit the red lamp the rest of the period. Dresser third goal of the game gave him his second hat trick of the season. A demoralized Rowan team had no heart left in the third period. Bobby Mulligan capped off his second hat trick of the season with another unassisted goal at the :50 mark. Eric Frieman rounded out the scoring at 5:22. The major flaw in Rowan’s game play was to try and stop last year’s high-scoring line of DeBel, Spetz and Doherty. They targeted DeBel all game. Their flawed strategy held DeBel to 2 assists, Spetz one goal and one assist, and Doherty to 3 assists. The line ended with 7 points (not too shabby for a line that was shadowed). By focusing on the DeBel line, Dressler, Ragusa and Mulligan produced 11 points. They had 7 of the 10 Ramapo goals scored. Dressler had 3 goals and 2 assists, Mulligan had 3 goals and two assists and Ragusa had a goal and no assists. In the past, Ramapo had only one prolific scoring line. Now they possess two lethal scoring lines. For those opponents who anticipate taking the Roadrunnerfs lightly are in for a big surprise! Sean Gordon notched his second win of the season making 28 saves. Early big saves in the first period, kept Rowan at bay.

DANBURY, CT – Following the rout of Rowan University, the Roadrunners traveled to Danbury, CT to play Western Connecticut State University. After the Rowan rout Ramapo came out very sluggish. Ramapo played at such an intense level against the Profs, that it was inevitable there would be a letdown. Lackluster play led to the Colonials scoring the first goal of the game at 2:29 into the game. That was a bit of a wakeup call for the Roadrunners. Kyle DeBel from Kyle Doherty and Bobby Spetz less than two minutes later to knot the score at one. Ramapo could not get on track for the rest of the period. However, like the night before against Rowan, Ramapo put up another 6 goal second period. At 6:25, Chris Dressler upped the score to 2-0 on an assist from Bobby Mulligan. Play was tight and sloppy at times for another 6 minutes, then all-hell broke loose. Eric Frieman and Keith Henning set-up Dereck Sabato at 13:10. It took the Roadrunners 2 minutes later score again. DeBel from Spetz made the score 4-1at 15:11. Ramapo would score the next three goals in one minute and 40 seconds. Debel scored unassisted at 18:20 for his first hat trick of the season. Derek Sabato from brother David Sabato and Henning scored at 19:32. It was Dereck Sabato’s second goal of the game Just 15 seconds later, Dressler scored his second goal of the game unassisted. Western added a meaningless third period goal to end the scoring for the night. Sophomore Peter Petrozza started his first game of the season in the Ramapo net. Petrozza turned back 26 shots for the win.