By Art Chill
WAYNE, NJ – After the devastating defeat at the hands of Farmingdale the night before, the Roadrunners returned to the friendly confines of Ice Vault. The last time a Ramapo team played Fairfield University was 1981. However, this is the first-time the new generation of Roadrunners met the number two team in the Atlantic Region. The game was a real see-saw battle. The Stags opened the scoring at 5:44 of the first period. Chris Dressler tied the score at 7:19 on assists by Bobby Mulligan and Gary Ragusa. Ramapo took the lead a minute and three seconds later when Bobby Spetz connected on a pass from Kyle DeBel. The lead was short lived two minutes later when Fairfield capitalized on a pile-up in front of the Ramapo net. The first period ended with the score knotted at 2. Dressler added his second goal of the game at 1:13 of the second period. The goal was unassisted. But the Stags stormed back with three unanswered goals. The goals came 1 minute, and 35 seconds apart. Ramapo would cut the Fairfield lead to 3-2 when Ragusa scored on a power play goal with just 4 seconds remaining in the period. Fairfield took a 5-4 lead into the locker room. Spetz would tie the score at 7:38 of the third. Keith Doherty picked up an assist. Spetz would complete a hat trick just 19 seconds later giving the Roadrunners a 6-5 lead. Doherty and DeBel assisted on the play. Ramapo would increase the score to 7-5 when Ragusa scored unassisted at 16:10. It looked like the Roadrunners had the game in hand until Fairfield scored just 18 seconds later to cut the lead to 7-6. With Dressler serving a cross checking penalty. The Stags tied the score at 17:49. Regulation time ended with a 7-7, The teams readied themselves for a 5 minute, 4 on 4 overtime period. It didn’t take long for Ramapo to put the game away. Mulligan and Doherty set up Dressler who buried the puck in the back of the Fairfield net. That was Dressler’s third hat trick of the season. Despite the poor showing against Farmingdale the night the night before, the Roadrunners showed their grit and determination to defeated a strong Fairfield team. Sean Gordon relieve Matt Ajello and turned back 19 of 21 shots to pick up his fifth win of the season. Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut on next on the schedule.
Ironically, the only other time Ramapo defeated Fairfield was also in overtime. The year was 1980.