Jan. 27, 2017
By Jessica Levine
NEWARK, NJ – Ramapo returned Friday night to Barnabas Health Hockey House for the second time in a week for game against MCHC rival Stevens Institute of Technology. After a sluggish first period, Ramapo dominated Stevens coming away with an impressive 7-0 shutout.
Matt Rose opened the scoring for the Roadrunners at 6:33. Zach O’Connor’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle was stopped but Rose was in the slot and banged home the rebound to give the Roadrunners an early 1-0 lead. Despite controlling play and outshooting Stevens 17-3, Ramapo could only manage a single goal. Outstanding Ducks’ goaltending kept the game from being an early rout.
The Roadrunners continued to dominate play during the second period. The Ducks managed to hold Ramapo at bay until a little past the midway point of the period. Keith Henning made it 2-0 at 13:24 when he carried the puck in from the blue line and fired the puck from the top of the circle scoring in the five-hole. Josh Filipovits picked up an assist. Less than two minutes later at 15:08, Kyle DeBel flew down the right wing, cut left laterally in front of the net and snapped the puck top-shelf. Goaltender Keith Gay earned the assist on DeBel’s goal.
Although Ramapo totally dominated play in the first two periods, they managed only three goals. It was the four unanswered goals in the final twenty minutes of play that buried Stevens. Ramapo struck early in the period. Pat Callinan fed the puck to Bobby Spetz in the slot. Spetz fired the puck past the screened Ducks’ goaltender for the Roadrunners’ fourth goal of the night at 2:44. Debel scored his second goal of the night at 6:30 with Henning and Concato receiving assists. That upped the Roadrunners lead to a 5-0 lead. Spetz would post his first multi-goal game of the season scoring a power play goal at 14:57. DeBel and Concato were credited with assists. With 1:20 remaining in the game, Ramapo coughed up the puck at their blue line. A Ducks’ forward picked up the loose puck and skated in on a break-a-way. Gay came up big stopping the attempt to break-up the shutout. Debel scored an unassisted goal, Ramapo’s seventh goal with only 27 seconds left in the game.
Keith Gay earned his third shutout of the season lowering is goals against to 1.81. Debel notched his third hat trick of the season giving him a total of 30 goals for the season. Ramapo outshot Stevens 47-14.
The Roadrunners will continue their push towards playoffs this Sunday with their final home game of the season. They host Yale University at 8:00pm.