Jan 22, 2017
NEWARK, NJ – Ramapo visited Division II rival NJIT and came away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory. The Roadrunners scored early but needed an outstanding performance by senior goalie Keith Gay to hold off the surging Highlanders. Gay stopped 28 of NJIT 29 shots on goal.
The opening of the game was all NJIT. They swarmed in the Ramapo zone for the first minute firing shot after shot at the Ramapo net. When Ramapo finally got control of the puck, they went right on the offensive. Bob Spetz passed the puck to Keith Henning who let go a blistering slap shot from the left point. Kyle Debel picked up the rebound and slammed home the puck. It was DeBel’s 27th goal of the season at 1:31. The Roadrunners took control of the game. A power play goal at 5:04 gave Ramapo a quick 2-0 lead. Marc Concato fired a shot from the blue line and Josh Filipovits knocked in the rebound. Ramapo had two more power play opportunities but could not capitalize. The tide seemed to change. Ramapo’s play was getting sloppy. With Ryan Worth surviving a two-minute penalty for tripping at 11:38, NJIT got back in the game just three seconds later. Ramapo lost the faceoff to the right of the goal. The puck went back to David Ferrero who fired a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Keith Gay. Both teams had good scoring chances for the remainder of the period but neither team could light the red lamp. Ramapo took a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
The second period was uneventful for both teams. There was no scoring or penalties.
Action picked up in the third. Ramapo had to hold off two Highlanders power plays to keep the lead. NJIT pulled their goalie in the last minute of the period and tested Gay. He stopped all six shots in the final minute for the victory. Gay lowered his goals against to 2.14 and increased his save percentage to .928.
The Roadrunners improved their season record to 20-1. The NJIT game ended Ramapo’s independent schedule. Their record is 11-0 amongst independents. The Roadrunners next game is back in Newark Friday, January 27 against Stevens. Sunday, January 29 the Roadrunners are back home for their final home game of the season against Yale. It is the first meeting of the two teams this season. Game time at Sport-O-Rama is 8:00 PM. Join the Roadrunners on their road to the league and regional playoffs.