October 15, 2017
By Jessica Levine
MONSEY, NY – The Roadrunners suffer their third loss of the season in a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Delaware Blue Hens team that they had beaten in a 5-4 shootout victory the previous weekend. With this loss, Ramapo moves to a 3-3-0 record.
Delaware struck first at 4:35 in the period after converting a defensive zone faceoff win into a 3-on-2 odd man rush into their first goal of the night. Keith Doherty tied it up at one apiece with 12:48 left in the period, sending a slapshot from just below the blue line past the Blue Hens netminder.
The Blue Hens broke the 1-1 tie at 7:41 in the second period. Delaware’s Steven Palomba tallied his second goal of the game on a shorthanded breakaway and went bar down for a 2-1 Blue Hens lead. Delaware widened the gap to 3-1 at 9:34 in the period, but Kyle DeBel brought the Roadrunners within one once again, with a shorthanded goal of his own. Spetz and Doherty picked up the assists. Delaware was able to retaliate with one more goal in the second with 3:47 left to close out the period with a 4-2 lead over the Roadrunners.
Doherty opened scoring in the third with his second goal of the night at just 3:05 into the final period to take the Roadrunners back within one at 4-3. Spetz and DeBel earned assists on the play. As they had done in the previous period, Delaware answered quickly and brought the score to 5-3 at 5:21. Less than a minute later, Doherty completed his hat trick with a quick shot from the slot off a feed from DeBel and the Roadrunners were once again just one away from tying it up, now at 5-4. The retaliatory goal scoring continued and the Blue Hens struck at 6:49 to earn a 6-4 lead for themselves. A Bobby Spetz goal at 8:37 (assisted by DeBel and Doherty) put the Roadrunners back in the game with the score now 6-5. With only one goal separating them from a tie score, Coach Jensen made the decision to pull Sean Gordon from net in favor of an extra attacker with roughly two minutes left in the game. Delaware’s Steven Palomba sealed the deal with an empty netter, completing his hat trick and bringing the final score to 7-5 in favor of the Delaware Blue Hens.