Randolph, NJ – The Randolph High School boys Varsity ice hockey team tied the Summit Hilltoppers 0-0, in a tight defensive battle Wednesday, Jan. 8, on teacher appreciation night.
“A tie is always frustrating, especially in a game like this where we had opportunity after opportunity without a goal,'' said senior forward Evan Xhumba.
Both teams were firing in shots all game long, but none were able to find the net thanks to dominant performances by both Randolph’s senior goalie Gavin Einfeldt, and senior Nikita Pryymak of Summit. Einfeldt finished with 17 saves and Pryymak stopped all 39 of Randolph’s shots.
“Games like this one are frustrating,'' remarked the Randolph goalkeeper. “But it’s a good test for us, and it will help us later down the road.”
Throughout the game, both teams kept up the offensive pressure and attempted to capitalize on various power plays. However, neither side could yield success.
Seniors Michael Sofia and Ray McNamara lead Randolph’s defense in backing up Einfeldt by blocking several shots.
Prior to the start of the game, a red carpet was strewn across the ice for a number of honored teachers to walk across and shake hands with the players. Teachers were selected by players on the team to be recognized for their guidance towards the student athletes.
Many current RHS teachers were invited to attend, while one former Randolph teacher Carmela Ferrentino returned for the occasion to support her students on the special night. With smiles spread across their faces, the honored teachers appeared moved and grateful for such a commemoration.
“This has been the nicest teacher appreciation that I’ve ever been too,” said English teacher Sandra Kessell. “We also had the opportunity to spend time and talk with the parents which was unique.”
Following a night of both appreciation for the inspirational teachers of RHS and high intensity on the rink, the Randolph Rams are looking to bounce back from this unsatisfying result. Their next chance to do that will be on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00PM, where the Rams will be hosting Hillsborough at Aspen Ice Arena for senior night.