February 11, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

NEW HAVEN, CT – Ramapo had their hands full all night with an aggressive Yale team. The Bulldogs dominated a sluggish Roadrunners team throughout the game outshooting Ramapo 52-40. It was only the second time all season that the Roadrunners were out shot. It took a picture perfect tip-in goal by Dan Demarco in overtime to pull the game out for the Roadrunners.

From the outset, Yale took the play to Ramapo. A careless mistake by Yale in in the Ramapo end set up the first goal of the game. Dan Demarco flipped a long pass to Kyle DeBel racing down the right boards. DeBel cut to the middle, deaked the Yale goalie right and put the puck behind the sprawled net minder. Ramapo’s second goal came at 10:44. Keith Henning fired a shot from the left side just in side of the blue line. The shot missed the net and hit the end boards. The puck came out on Demarco’s stick who banged home the puck. DeBel and Henning received assists on the play. Despite being outshot 17-13, Ramapo carried a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

Yale roared back early in the second period. Goals at 2:06 and 4:12 tied the score. Both goals were as a result of Ramapo giveaways in the defensive zone. Despite being outplayed, Ramapo regained the lead just 2:05 later. Henning stole the puck just in front of the blue line and fired a blistering wrist shot from the top of the circle into the net at 6:17. Ramapo carried a 3-2 lead after two.

Although there were no penalties in the first period and only two in the second, the third period was filled with stoppages. A frustrated Ramapo team took five penalties, Yale two. A combination of Yale speed and Ramapo listless play allowed the Bulldogs to tie the score at three on a power play goal at 3:34. Another giveaway in front of the Ramapo net at 10:00 put Yale in the lead, 4-3. When it appeared that Ramapo was not going to mount a comeback, the Roadrunners facing defeat, woke up. Henning scored his most important goal of the season, his second goal of the game, a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle at 15:04. Matt and Josh Filipovits received assists. Ramapo penalty killing was an important reason that the game didn’t end in Yale’s favor in regulation time.  DeBel took a tripping penalty at 19:12 but the Bulldogs couldn’t put the puck past Gay. The period ended 4-4 in regulation time.

This was the first overtime game of the season for Ramapo. DeBel’s penalty carried over into the overtime period. Ramapo’s penalty killing was able to kill the remaining 1:12 of the penalty. Action was from end to end with Yale having the better opportunities. With just: 38 reaming in the extra frame, Debel carried the puck down the left wing and passed the puck to Demarco who tipped the puck into the net for the game winner. It was Demarco’s second goal of the game and his seventh game winning goal of the season.

Goalie Keith Gay was the number one star of the game stopping 48 shots, some of which were spectacular. Without Gay’s outstanding play, Yale would have scored another three or four goals.

Ramapo travels to Mount Vernon tomorrow for a showdown game with Fordham in the last game of the regular season. First place in the MCHC is at stake. The Rams are the only team to beat the Roadrunners this season back on November 20, 4-3. Therefore, Ramapo must win by at least two goals to take over sole possession of first place. If Ramapo comes in first place, they will play the winner of the Suffolk-Stevens game. If they lose, they must once again face Yale in the first round. League playoffs start February 18.