By Art Chill
WAYNE, NJ – Last weeks win against Western Connecticut State University was an example of how the second half of the season had been going. The only way to describe it was that the team was listless, lifeless, and uninspired. However, like waking the sleeping giant, Ramapo finally came alive against Stony Brook. They played inspired hockey like they did the first two months of the season. The team came out flying; they played aggressively; beat the Seawolves to the puck; passes were quick and precise; and scoring opportunities were converted into goals. Derek Sabato opened the scoring on assists by Gary Ragusa and Eddie Dahdah at 7:23. Good end-to-end action and strong goaltending kept both teams off the scoreboard until Bobby Spetz scored on an assist from Kyle DeBel scored at 17:45. That gave the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Ramapo scored quickly to open the middle frame. Eddie Dahdah scored a short-handed goal (his first goal as a Roadrunner) on a give-and-go from DeBel at 1:44. That gave Ramapo a 3-0 lead. A give-away at 4:14 put Stony Brook back in the game. Keith Doherty upped Ramapo’s lead to 4-1 at 9:39. DeBel and Spetz were credited with assists. Sloppy play in front of the Ramapo net resulted in a Seawolves second goal of the game at 11:18. That cut Ramapo’s lead in half, 4-2. The Roadrunners have a way of quickly bouncing back after an opponent scores a goal. Just a minute and four seconds later, DeBel scored from Spetz and Doherty. Dahdah capped off the second period scoring with an unassisted goal at 17:40. That was his second goal of the game. Ramapo entered the locker room after two with a comfortable 6-2 lead. The Roadrunners started the third period like they started the second period. Doherty scored at 1:40, his second goal of the game. DeBel and Spetz assisted on the goal. Once again, a giveaway in the defensive zone gave Stony Brook their third goal of the game just 40 seconds later. Ramapo seemed to have lost the fire they had in the first and second periods. Stony Brook tallied their fourth goal of the game at 9:29. Quick goals seemed to be the order of the day. Just a minute and three seconds later, Spetz scored his second goal of the game from DeBel and Keith Henning at 10.32. The Seawolves ended the scoring at 17:23. The line of DeBel, Spetz, and Doherty tallied 14 points (5 goals and 9 assists). The 8-5 victory brings the Roadrunners record to 15-4-1-1. It also solidifies Ramapo’s fourth place ranking in the Atlantic Region and a birth to regionals. It all but eliminates Stony Brook’s chance of making regionals. They were ranked 10th, the last playoff spot, going into tonight’s game. Ramapo will end the regular season next Saturday night at Ice Vault against Farmingdale, the number one team in the Atlantic Region. Puck drop will be at 7:45 PM. This will be your last chance to the 2018-19 Roadrunners. It will also be senior night honoring graduating seniors.