By Art Chill
WAYNE, NJ – After handily defeating Quinnipiac the night before, the Roadrunners took on the Southern Connecticut State Owls at friendly Ice Vault. Derek Sabato from Eric Frieman and Jason Musselman opened the scoring at 6:37. Bobby Mulligan followed with goal at 10:02. Keith Henning and Tommy Stapleton assisted on the goal. The Owls cut the lead on a power play goal at 13:18. The first period ended with Ramapo taking a 2-1 lead into the locker room. Gary Ragusa upped the lead to 3-1 at 2:12 of the second. Bobby Mulligan and Chris Dressler received assists. Bobby Spetz from Kyle DeBel and Nick Routé gave the Roadrunners a 4-1 lead at the 15:20 mark. Just one minute later, Derek Sabato scored his second goal of the game from Frieman and Henning. For the second game in a row, Ramapo took a 5-1 into the locker room after two periods. Going into the third period Dressler opened the scoring at 5:40, Keith Doherty and DeBel assisted on the play. Ramapo took a commanding 6-1 lead. However, the Roadrunners slowed the play down and paid for it. Sloppy, complacent play by the Roadrunners led to two SoConn goals cutting the score to 6-3. Zack scored his first collegiate goal ending the Owls comeback at 15:59. Spetz and DeBel received assists. Indifferent Ramapo play led to another Owls goal just two minutes later. Even though Ramapo won 7-4, their play was lack-luster and not as sharp as they were the night before. What should have been an easy win turned into a struggle. The win was the 10th of the season against two loses. Matt Ajello made 34 saves for his third victory of the season.
Next weekend the Roadrunners travel to Warminster, PA to participate in the Empire Classic Tournament. Ramapo takes on Fairfield in the opener on Friday night followed by Delaware on Saturday and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Sunday. This is a D3 showcase tournament. Ramapo wants to make it’s mark.