MORRISTOWN, NJ- The Randolph boys’ ice hockey team knew they would have their hands full with Morris Knolls, the Mennen Cup’s number one seed and the 12th ranked team in the state. The Rams played their hearts out in the Mennen Cup semifinal game, but fell to the Golden Eagles 1-0 on Monday Feb. 13.
Randolph shot out of the gate and went right at their rival for most of the first period, outshooting Knolls by an 11-3 margin. Both teams were physical from the outset, and each side saw a player leave the ice unable to return.
The physical play carried through the second period, and the Rams again got the better of the offensive chances outshooting Knolls 9-5 in the period. However, early in the second Knolls took advantage of the one break they had, when they cashed in on a power play opportunity to take a 1-0 lead.
The Rams continued to press in the third, and had moments of sustained pressure in the Golden Eagles end throughout the third, peppering Knolls with a total of 27 shots on net for the game. The Golden Eagles could only muster 17 shots on the night, but the one that found the back of the net for the margin of victory was the only one they needed.
The Rams now await the start of the state playoffs, in which they earned a #3 seed in the Public A bracket. Randolph plays their first round game Feb. 21 against #30 seed Newton.