December 3, 2016
NEW LONDON, CT – Ramapo broke the game open in the penalty-ridden third period to down the Coast Guard Academy 6-4. Ramapo extends their season record to 15-1.
The Roadrunners dominated play in the first period. Matt Rose tipped in a Kyle Debel shot past the Bears goalie at 6:02 to give Ramapo a 1-0 lead. Ramapo kept the pressure on but good Coast Guard goaltending kept the Roadrunners off the board until 15:05. Aggressive play by the first line produced the second goal. Matt Rose scored his second goal of the period picking up the rebound of Anthony Carudo’s shot from the top of the right circle. Ramapo looked strong going into the locker room.
The Roadrunners came out flying in the second period outshooting the CGA 16-6. However, poor defensive play allowed the Bears to get back in the game. At 13:14 CGA cut the lead to one on a power play goal and tied the score 2-2 at 19:29. The score would have been tied at the end of two except for a costly CGA penalty. With a man in the box for hitting from behind, Bob Spetz scored from Debel at 19:59. What could have been a disaster resulted in a Ramapo 3-2 lead.
The third period saw 12 penalties called, six by each team. Ramapo has been a strong third period team all season. This game was no exception. CGA come out flat after giving up the lead in the last second of the second period. Debel scored an unassisted second goal at 1:41. Keith Henning’s slapshot from the point gave Ramapo their fifth goal of the game at 9:47. Rose and Debel assisted on the goal. Just two minutes later Debel scored his second of the game, assisted by Keith Doherty, to give the Roadrunners a commanding 6-2 lead. However, the game wasn’t quite over. A never give up attitude in the face of adversity is ingrained in the CGA DNA. With Dmitry Dalichuk in the box for hooking, the bears scored at 16:17. The tide had changed. They kept the pressure on and another unforced Ramapo defensive error gave CGA their fourth goal at 19:25. A valiant CGA comeback came to an end as the final buzzer sounded.
Rose and Debel account for 7 of the 11 Ramapo points.