Ice hockey sticks it to Fordham

The Ramapo ice hockey team took to the rink for the first time this season, defeating Fordham University by a score of 7-1. From start to finish, it was a solid performance for the Roadrunners in front of a large and rowdy home crowd.

The scoring started early for Ramapo, with senior defenseman Rick Kimble putting one through the net just three minutes into the game, assisted by captain Eddie Dahdah and transfer student Trent Shanley. Kimble’s goal was the lone score of the first period.

In the second period, Ramapo cranked up its offensive attack, scoring four times in the first eight minutes of the period. Despite being outshot by Fordham, the Roadrunners saw two goals from Shanley in addition to goals by Dahdah, Shane Lovell and Peter Paszkiel leading to a 6-0 advantage after 40 minutes.

In the third and final period, Fordham finally got on the board with a goal by Owen Goulette, their lone score of the game. Dahdah was able to add one more goal for Ramapo in the closing minutes, leading to the Roadrunners’ first win of the season.

In net for Ramapo was Dennis McGarry, who had an impressive 47 saves on 48 shot attempts. McGarry is looking to build on an impressive 2021-22 season in which he was named to the Empire Division All-Conference Second Team with a .923 save percentage.

Watching the game, you couldn’t help but be impressed with what Shanley was able to add to the team. The senior transfer student was tied with Dahdah for most points on the team with four, netting two goals and two assists.

“Contributing on the score sheet always feels good. However, securing the win feels even better. Starting out the season with a win is great… I thought we played really well as a unit and we’re going to keep improving as the season goes on.”

– Trent Shanley

As well as Ramapo played, there is always room for improvement. Despite the lopsided score, the Roadrunners were outshot by Fordham 48-36. Ramapo was also able to hold off allowing a goal for 10 total penalty minutes, including an extended five-on-three advantage for Fordham.

Ramapo’s next game comes on Friday, Oct. 7 at Quinnipiac University in Northford, Conn. This is an important game for the Roadrunners, as Quinnipiac is currently ahead of Ramapo in the Empire Division standings. As always, games are available via livestream on the team’s YouTube channel.

Photo courtesy of Carmo Photography.