Nov. 20, 2016
MONSEY, NY – The Roadrunners hopes of an undefeated season comes to an end as Fordham topples Ramapo from the unbeaten ranks. As a result of the 4-3 win, Fordham takes over sole possession of first place in the MCHC.
The tension could be felt in the stands as both teams took the ice. Sole possession of first place in the MCHC was at stake, as well as Ramapo’s 14 game winning streak. Fordham’s relentless forechecking in the defensive zone created many unforced errors. The one at 4:00 proved costly for the Roadrunners. Fordham’s Zach Brenner’s stole the puck and put the puck past Keith Gay to give the Rams the lead. Ramapo mounted a comeback but good Fordham goaltending kept the Rams in the lead until 18:07. Defensemen Keith Doherty and Keith Henning set up Dmitry Danilchik on a power play and Danilchik buried the puck in the Fordham net to knot the score at one. However, the tie was short lived. A second unforced Ramapo error proved very costly. With just 24 seconds left in the period, Fordham’s Cole Taylor broke the tie giving Fordham a 2-1 lead at the end of one.
The last minute goal ending the first period loomed very big. Fordham took advantage of a deflated Ramapo team and dominated the second period. The Rams outshot the Roadrunners 14-9 scoring two goals. The second goal of the period at 17:17 was on a power play.
Up 4-1 going into the third period made Fordham a complacent team. Ramapo never gave up and fought back. With Fordham’s Donald Flood in the penalty box for holding, Dan Demarco scored to cut the lead to 4-2 at just 54 seconds into the period. Kyle Debel and Keith Doherty were credited with assists. Ramapo kept putting the pressure on the Fordham net but were not able to put the puck in the net. With about a minute to go in the game, goalie Keith Gay was pulled for a sixth skater. Ramapo kept pressure on in the offensive zone. It paid off when Matt Rose scored on assists by Keith Henning and Dan Demarco. Unfortunately, the goal was scored at 19:59 leaving no time to score the tying goal.
The teams were evenly matched and the fans witnessed an exciting, well-played hockey game. The first loss of the season leaves Ramapo with a 14-1-0 record.
Ramapo takes a well-deserved Thanksgiving break. The players and staff want to wish all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
The schedule resumes with back-to-back military academy games. The Roadrunners visit the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, December 3 and return home to play the Merchant Marine Academy on Sunday December 4.