Ice hockey loses fifth time in a row

Ramapo’s ice hockey team fell to Farmingdale State College at home on Sunday in a heartbreaking 6-5 loss. The win gave Farmingdale a 7-2-1 record on the year while the Roadrunners extended their losing streak to five consecutive games as they now sit at 2-5 on the year. 

Senior Trent Shanley continued his dominant start to the year by scoring the first goal of the game late in the first period, unassisted. Farmingdale clapped back immediately, however, with John McCann scoring less than two minutes after Shanley off assists from Matthew Hawkins and Kyler Rowe.

Ramapo took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period after captain Eddie Dahdah scored his sixth goal of the year off assists from juniors Thomas Moskal and Rory Maurer. The lead wouldn’t last long, though, as the Rams scored three unanswered goals in the span of four minutes. 

Jacob Kravatz scored a shorthanded goal, his second of the year, off assists from Rowe and Jeremy Borsuk. Thomas Kolokathis scored his first goal of the year off a pass from Jason Brennan, and Matthew Budington scored his third goal of the year, assisted by Matt Ferrari and Eric Immel.

Trailing 4-2 with 13 minutes remaining, the Roadrunners showed a tremendous amount of heart to be able to claw themselves back into the game. Shanley scored his second goal of the night on a power play off assists from Dahdah and alternate captain Rick Kimble. Farmingdale then added its fifth goal of the night when Rowe scored unassisted on a breakaway opportunity.

Maurer brought the Roadrunners within one goal at the seven-minute mark of the third period off an assist from Shanley, his seventh apple of the year. Kimble was called for a hooking penalty with four minutes remaining, but despite being short-handed, Dahdah scored his second goal of the game to tie it up at five.  

Less than a minute after Dahdah’s score, Budington gave Farmingdale the lead once again on the same powerplay caused by Kimble’s hooking penalty, tallying assists from Immel and Ferrari. The Roadrunners did not have another rally in them, as the final buzzer sounded with Farmingdale taking its second game from Ramapo this year.

Goalie Denis McGarry allowed all six goals in the game on 40 shots, good for a .850 save percentage, his worst performance of the year. Farmingdale’s Jake Temkin recorded 44 saves on 49 shots, giving him a .897 save percentage on the night.

Ramapo now places last in the Empire Division and finds itself 11 points back of Farmingdale, who is currently in first. Ramapo has played the fewest amount of games in the division so far, so there is time for them to play catch up.

On the positive side of things, Dahdah and Shanley are currently tied for fourth for most goals scored in the division, despite the disadvantage of games played. McGarry also places second in the division in save percentage on the year — among goalies to start at least four games — despite an off night.

Ramapo’s next game will come on Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, with puck drop scheduled for 8:15 p.m. The game will also be available to livestream via the team’s YouTube channel.

Photo by William Jackson.