By Art Chill
MAHWAH, NJ – While temperatures soar, and thoughts turn to barbeques and the Jersey Shore, the ice Roadrunners are preparing for their biggest challenge in their short, three-year history, namely a very demanding schedule. The goal the past two seasons was to make the Atlantic Regionals and an eventual trip to Nationals. Even with a 26-1 and 18-8 record, the Roadrunners were passed over. The main reason for losing out was cited as a weak strength of schedule. As a result, Ramapo has shed the MCHC for a totally independent schedule. Based on last year’s numbers, the new schedule should provide the opportunity to attain an elusive regional berth, assuming, the team is competitive. Ramapo’s ranking should jump 2.5 to 3 points and strength of schedule should increase 4 points.
The reason for making such a bold move is twofold; recruitment and ranking. Since the end of the 2017-18 season, recruitment has been very productive, landing several high junior and high school prospects. The team will now have two high scoring lines, a solid checking line, a stronger defense, and more depth in goal. Increased ranking and higher strength of schedule should enable the Roadrunners to reach the Promised Land.