By Art Chill
NORTHFORD, CT – When Ramapo traveled to Connecticut to meet Quinnipiac last season, the game was a 19-goal slug-feast. Unfortunately, the Roadrunners came out on the short-end of an 11-8 game. However, this was a different season and Ramapo came into the game with a much stronger and multifaceted team. Ramapo jumped off to a 2-0 lead after one period. Bobby Spetz opened the scoring at 12:02 on assists from Kyle DeBel and Keith Doherty. Three minutes later Doherty scored on passes from DeBel and Zack Toy. The Roadrunners added to their lead when Luke Campomenosi setup Bobby Mulligan at 11:01 of the second period. The Braves cut the lead to 3-1 at 15:24. However, one of Ramapo’s trademark is storming back after the opponent scores. Chris Dressler scored just 12 seconds later on an assist from Gary Ragusa. Dressler stunned Quinnipiac just 21 seconds later to up Ramapo’s lead to 5-1 after two. Mulligan was credited with an assist. Ramapo continued to dominate Quinnipiac in the third period. Spetz opened the scoring at 1:22. Doherty was credited with an assist. Doherty scored Ramapo’s 7th and final goal of the game at 5:27. DeBel and Spetz were given assists. The game slowed down at that point. Quinnipiac closed out the scoring at 10:28. Even though Ramapo dominated play, the game was marred with 33 penalties. There were 19 minor and 3 misconduct penalties assessed. Sean Gordon turned back 36 Braves shots. His outstanding played in the first period kept Quinnipiac off the scoreboard and set the tone of the game. It was his 6th win of the season. The Roadrunners return home tomorrow to face Southern Connecticut State at 7:45.
The bus ride home was even sweeter when Ramapo found out that first ACHA rankings of the season had been released and were ranked second in the 54 school Atlantic Region. This is the highest Ramapo has been ranked in their brief history.