Ice hockey bounces back with win against Mass Maritime

The Ramapo ice hockey team is finally back in the win column, snapping a five-game losing streak with its Saturday night victory over Mass Maritime Academy. The Roadrunners now stand at 3-5 on the young season, while Mass Maritime’s record dropped to 4-7.

Ramapo came out of the gates hot, scoring six goals in the first period. Senior Trent Shanley got Ramapo on the board in the second minute of action with a goal assisted by Thomas Moskal and Matthew Curattalo. Captain Eddie Dahdah scored just two minutes later on a power play goal that was assisted by alternate captains Rory Maurer and Rick Kimble. Dahdah scored again in less than a minute, assisted by Alex Cohen.

Kimble then scored the next two goals for Ramapo, with Shanley and Moskal recording assists on both of Kimble’s scores. With two minutes remaining in the first period, Moskal added yet another score for the Roadrunners, giving Ramapo a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes of action.

Mass Maritime finally got on the board in the first minute of the second period, when Garrett Coughlin scored off assists from Sean Kennedy and Brady Leslie. About a minute and a half later, however, Ramapo got that goal right back as Shanley netted his second goal of the game off an assist from Shane Lovell. Shanley scored again in the second period on a power play goal, giving him his first hat trick as a Roadrunner. Dahdah and Kimble recorded assists on the goal.

Leading 8-1 entering the third period, Ramapo took its foot off the gas pedal, only taking six shot attempts in the final 20 minutes of action. Mass Maritime scored its second and final goal of the game midway through the final period when James Eustace scored off assists from Coughlin and Ryan Glass.

In net for Ramapo was goalie Denis McGarry, who continued his stellar season by recording 44 saves on 46 opportunities, good for a .956 save percentage. Mass Maritime’s goalie Liam Sullivan recorded 41 saves on 49 shot attempts, giving him a .836 save percentage on the night.

The Roadrunners were dressed in their camo gray and maroon jerseys in honor of Veteran’s Day, a yearly tradition for the team. President Cindy Jebb, who graduated from West Point Academy and served in the United States Army, was honored pregame and delivered the honorary puck drop between the team’s two captains. Throughout the game, the names of veterans in attendance were read and thanked by the public address announcer.

Ramapo has two games coming up over the weekend, as they play on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Binghamton University in Elmira, New York, and on Sunday, Nov. 20, they have a home game against St. Bonaventure University at 11 a.m. at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne.

Photo courtesy of Kira Allyn.