By Jessica Levine
Sun. Oct. 30, 2016
MONSEY, NY – Keith Gay turned back 36 Quinnipiac shots for his first shutout of the season. Gay has given up just 5 goals in his last 5 games lowering his season goals against average to 2.10.
Ramapo struck fast and early against a quick Braves team. Freshman Dan Demarco got the Roadrunners on the board with an unassisted goal at 2:30 of the first period. It was Demarco’s 8th goal of the season. Despite strong Roadrunners play, they were outshot 12-6. Strong goaltending by Keith Gay kept Quinnipiac from scoring.
The Roadrunners started the second period shorthanded with Matt Rose in the box for boarding. 51 seconds later defenseman Keith Doherty went off for hooking. Well-disciplined and aggressive penalty killing staved off a 5-on-3 Braves’ advantage. After killing both penalties, the Roadrunners went back on the offensive and tallied their second goal of the game when sophomore defenseman Keith Henning ripped a slap shot from the point past a screened Quinnipiac goalie. The period ended with the Roadrunners taking a 2-0 into the locker room. Once again the Braves outshot the Roadrunners 16-7. Shots after two periods were Quinnipiac 28, Ramapo 13.
Each team had good scoring opportunities in the final period of play, but neither team could put the puck in the net. Quinnipiac pulled their goalie at 18:20, but lost the man advantage when a boarding penalty was called. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Quinnipiac took two more penalties killing any changes of getting back in the game. Ramapo outshot the Braves in the final period 10-8. Outstanding goaltending proved the difference. Keith Gay stopped all 36 shots for the victory.
The Roadrunners sit on top of the ACHA D3 Atlantic Division, with a perfect 9-0-0 record. Ramapo’s next opponent is Hofstra on Friday, November 4 at home at 8:30. Ramapo beat Hofstra 9-2 two weeks ago. On Sunday, November 6, The Roadrunners host the D2 Lafayette College Leopards in an early noon time start.