RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph boys ice hockey team celebrated their annual senior night on Wednesday, Jan. 15, skating to a dominating 6-1 victory over Hillsboro.
“Senior night was a good time, but we also knew this was a big game for state playoff seeding.” said captain JT Zangara. “We needed to come away with a big win if we want the one seed.”
The win upped the Rams record to 11-2-2, and was a good way to bounce back from a tough 0-0 tie against Summit in their previous game.
The Rams shot out to a 3-0 first period lead, before trading goals with Hillsboro in the second. Holding a 4-1 lead, they added two more in the third to close out the game strong.
“I think that we got off to the right start and continued that for a decent part of the game,” said captain Justin Harper. “The extra motivation came from who we were playing. They ( Hillsborough ) tied Ridge and losing tonight would definitely have hurt our record when it comes to playoff seeding.”
Being senior night however, still brought out emotions in many of the 13 seniors who are staring at their final few weeks of being a part of Randolph Ice Hockey.
“It’s crazy to think that my high school career is coming to an end, I remember watching past senior nights and thinking that won’t be me for a while but all of a sudden it was,” said Captain Michael Sofia. “It’s a bittersweet feeling that it’s almost over, because everyone says that going into high school and you don’t believe it. Before you know it you’re in senior year and your Randolph hockey career is about to end. You just have to make the most of it because it doesn’t last forever.”
Nick Gallo led the offense with three points, coming on two goals and an assist, while Ben Yurchuk also had three points off one goal and two assists. Kyle Babera added two goals, and Chris Civetta had one to round out the scoring. The Rams peppered the Hillsborough net with 50 shots, while limiting them to 16 shots on goalie Gavin Einfeldt, who made 15 saves for the win.