The Ramapo ice hockey team continued its strong start to the season with a convincing 4-1 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday night. The Roadrunners were led by yet another strong performance by Dennis McGarry after the junior goaltender stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced.
After a scoreless first period where each team came up empty on 11 shots a piece, Mass Maritime got on the board first via a goal from forward Matthew Duane. Five minutes later, Ramapo captain Luke Campomenosi scored off an assist from Eddie Dahdah, tying the game at one. This was the second week in a row for the senior defenseman playing center, and through those two games it has proved to be the correct move.
After 40 minutes, the Roadrunners made it their primary focus to avoid overtime for a fourth consecutive game. Five minutes into the final period, Thomas Moskal netted his third goal of the season off assists from Christopher Dressler and Rory Maurer. Moskal later added his fourth goal of the season off assists from Maurer and Rick Kimble.
In the middle of the third period, Mass Maritime’s Joseph Benting and Ramapo’s Matthew Curattalo each received 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as well as two-minute roughing penalties. In the middle of the scuffle, Campomenosi was also hit with a two-minute roughing penalty after throwing himself in the middle of the pile. The melee happened while Mass Maritime was already on a powerplay, so they were awarded a five on three for a full minute, but the strong Ramapo penalty kill was able to hold on and keep the Big and Little Bucs to one goal for the game.
Ramapo’s Eddie Dahdah continued his absolutely stellar season tallying two assists, giving him six assists and a total of 14 points on the year. That places him at 12th in the division for total points, and that is with playing half the amount of games as the players in front of him.
“It was a huge and emotional game for all of us,” said Thomas Moskal, the player of the game. “Mass Maritime was a big and physical team so it was a grind. But the boys came together and battled to come out with a huge regulation victory.”
Moskal mentioned it was an emotional game due to it falling on Veterans Appreciation Night, where Ramapo President Cindy Jebb, along with family members of veterans were honored pregame. The Roadrunners wore special alternate camouflage uniforms with the players' names stitched on the backs.
Ramapo will face Brown in Providence on Sunday, marking one of their farthest games of the season. The game will be broadcasted live via Youtube at 4 p.m..