In their biggest victory of the season, the Ramapo ice hockey team took down Hofstra University in an 11-2 annihilation on Saturday night. The win — Ramapo’s sixth of the season — moves the Roadrunners into seventh place in the Empire Division, and bumps Hofstra down to ninth place.
Ramapo scored early and often in this one, with senior Peter Paszkiel opening up the scoring in the first five minutes of action. Paszkiel’s goal was assisted by Daniel Klutkoski and alternate captain Rick Kimble.
Midway through the period, junior Thomas Moskal scored his ninth goal of the season on a power play opportunity, off an assist from senior defenseman
Holden Gruber. Seconds after Moskal’s goal, Christopher Dressler scored on another power play for the Roadrunners, off assists from Moskal and Nicholas Waldron. With one minute remaining in the first period, senior Trent Shanley put through his first goal of the night, with captain Eddie Dahdah and senior Shane Lovell tallying assists.
Already leading 4-0, the Roadrunners did not take their foot off the gas pedal in the second period of action. Two minutes into the period, Dahdah scored his 22nd goal of the season off assists from Shanley and Alex Cohen. Four minutes later, Shanley scored his second goal of the night, off assists from Dahdah and Cohen.
With four minutes remaining in the period, Dressler scored his second goal of the night despite being short-handed, off an assist from Shanley. Two minutes later, Shanley completed his second hat trick of the season by scoring his third goal of the game, off an assist from Waldron. With one minute remaining, alternate captain Rory Maurer scored his eight goal of the season, giving the Roadrunners a commanding 9-0 lead after two periods.
In the third period, Hofstra finally got on the board with a goal from Michael Sweeney, off an assist from Nicholas Aloisio. Midway through the period, Shanley scored his fourth goal of the game off assists from Dahdah and Kimble. Shanley now leads the Empire Division in goals (24) and points (48). Dahdah is second in both categories with 22 goals and 44 points.
With eight minutes remaining in the game, Sweeney scored his second goal of the night off assists from Daniel Harchut and Matthew Materazo. Moskal followed up Sweeney by scoring his second goal of the night and 10th of the season, with Dressler recording an assist.
Splitting time in net for Ramapo were Paul Fiorello and Bryan Bartels. Fiorello played the first 48 minutes of action, saving 14 of 15 shots he saw. Bartels played the last 12 minutes and saved 2 of 3 shots that came his way. This was the first collegiate win on record for Bartels. Hofstra goaltender Michael Sykora saved 53 of the 64 shots the Roadrunners put on net, good for a .828 save percentage.
The Roadrunners have two regular season games remaining, the first of which comes on Friday, Feb. 17 against the University of New Haven at the Secaucus Municipal Ice Rink in Secaucus. Ramapo’s final game of the regular season comes against Fordham University on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne. Saturday’s matchup against Fordham will also be senior night for Ramapo.
Featured photo courtesy of Kira Allyn