December 5, 2018

By Art Chill

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Two weeks after the Empire Classic Tournament, the Roadrunners hoped to right the ship against sister-school Stockton University. Lackluster performances in the Classic (1-1-1) coupled with Fairfield University going 4-0-0 in the tournament, moved the Stags from sixth into a second-place tie with Ramapo in the Atlantic Region. The Roadrunners were lucky not to be dropped further down in the rankings. Ramapo couldn’t get going from the start of the game. The Ospreys opened the scoring at 5:47 and followed up with a power play goal just a 1:37 seconds later. Ramapo held off Stockton the rest of the period. Stockton took a 2-0 lead into the locker room. Ramapo got on track and dominated play in the second period. However, strong Osprey goaltending kept the Roadrunners off the scoreboard in the second period. Gary Ragusa opened the scoring in the third with an assist from Chris Dressler at 6:30. Ramapo kept the pressure on and tied the score at 13:21 on a short-handed goal by Luke Campomenosi. Bobby Spetz and Kyle Debel were given assists. With Dressler still in the penalty box, Stockton scored the go-ahead goal just 10 seconds later. A lesser team would have quit after the devastating goal. But Kyle DeBel knotted the score at 17:34. Campomenosi and Spetz assisted on the play. Regulation time ended in a 3-3 tie, sending the game into a 5-minute, four-on-four sudden-death overtime period. Sloppy play in the defensive zone resulted in the winning Stockton goal with just 59 second remaining in overtime. Ramapo suffered a demoralizing loss, which would certainly hurt them in the next week’s rankings. The loss made the 2:30 bus ride home feel even longer. Delaware visits Ice Vault tomorrow at 4:45 PM. The Roadrunners need a strong showing to avenge the overtime loss to Stockton and the 2-2 tie the last time they played Delaware