Feb. 11, 2017
By Jessica Levine
MT VERNON, NY – The Roadrunners ended their regular season with an impressive 5-1 defeat of the Fordham Rams and clinched the MCHC regular season title with the win. Fordham had been the only undefeated team remaining in the MCHC prior to Saturday’s game, having dealt Ramapo it’s only loss of the season in a close 4-3 game on November 20.
Ramapo was on the defensive for the opening minutes of the game with Fordham buzzing around the zone. Goalie Keith Gay was sharp turning back good scoring chances. Momentum shifted after Ramapo killed off two penalties. The Roadrunners opened the scoring at 9:31 when Kyle Debel fed the puck from the bottom of the circle to Dan Demarco who tipped it past the Fordham net minder for a 1-0 lead. The lead would hold up for the remainder of the period. Shots were at 10 apiece when the teams headed into the locker room after the first twenty minutes of play.
Fordham tied it up at 1-1 at 1:08 when Zach Brenner scored right off the faceoff. Kyle Debel scored a beautiful breakaway goal but is waived off by an offside, leaving the score tied. The Roadrunners capitalized on a power play opportunity with 6:54 left in the second when a Fordham player went off for roughing. Debel picked up the puck at hash marks outside the faceoff circle and fired a pass to Doherty who quickly passed to Bobby Spetz at the other hash marks. Spetz wristed a bullet into the net for a 2-1 lead. The Roadrunners upped their lead to 3-1 when Spetz scored a power play goal at 8:16. Spetz’s second goal of the period was assisted by Demarco and Debel. Ramapo kept pouring on the pressure keeping Fordham on the defensive. Keith Henning capped off the three goal second period at 13:59. Doherty and Debel picked up assists.
The Roadrunners were tested early in the third period. The Ramapo PK unit staved off early penalties, one a five minute major. A combination of aggressive, physical play and outstanding goaltending stopped all Rams chances. A demoralized Fordham team could not mount a comeback. With only 2:56 left in the game, Debel went glove side right in front of the net to give the Roadrunners the 5-1 victory. Demarco and Concato picked up assists. Debel lead all scorers with a goal and four assists.
Ramapo ended an amazing second year of operation with an outstanding regular season record of 24-1. As the number one seed in the MCHC playoffs, the Roadrunners will face off against Yale, the fourth seed, on February 17 at 4:15 PM at Dix Hills Park.