By Art Chill
WAYNE, NJ – In the final, regular season game, the Roadrunners went up against Farmingdale State College. The Rams are the perennial number one team in the ACHA Atlantic Region. A win might have catapulted Ramapo into third place in the rankings. For two periods, the Roadrunners matched the Rams stride for stride. It was lack of depth in the third that led to Ramapo’s downfall. Fast end-to-end action was the tempo of the first period. The game was scoreless for 14 minutes. A Ramapo penalty led to a Farmingdale goal at 14:02. The Rams added another goal at 18:42. Just when it looked like Farmingdale would take a 2-0 lead into the locker room, Bobby Spetz scored power play goal with just 16 seconds remaining in the period. Zack Toy was credited with an assist. The tempo of the second period was no different than the first. Spetz scored his second goal of the game at 5:44, assisted by Kyle DeBel. The tie was short-lived. Farmingdale scored at 7:56. Derek Sabato’s shot under the cross bar tied the score at 13:15. Garry Ragusa assisted on the goal. The score was knotted at 3 going into the third period. Ramapo played the number one team in the region even for two periods. However, the depth of the Rams bench and the lack of depth on the Roadrunners bench, proved to sink Ramapo’s chances of pulling off a gigantic upset. Farmingdale scored four unanswered goal and shut down the Roadrunners to end Ramapo’s chance of a win. Ramapo ended the regular season with an impressive 15-5-1-1 record. As a first-time independent, the team far exceeded expectations. The ACHA Atlantic Region playoffs begin on March 9-10 in West Chester, PA. Ramapo is currently ranked fourth and will play the ninth-place team, unless rankings change. The final ranking will come out on February 21. At that time, Ramapo will know its ranking, time slot, and opponent. Please follow the live stream of playoff games. To all the loyal fans, the players, coaches and staff want to thank one and all for their support through the season.