RANDOLPH, NJ- The No. 10 ranked St. John Vianney boys ice hockey team traveled north to play No. 8 ranked Randolph on Wednesday Dec. 11. The Rams gave them a rude welcome, skating circles around the Lancers and sending them home on the wrong end of a 6-2 score.
After a scoreless first period, the Rams exploded in the second, scoring four goals in a four-minute span to blow the game open.
Ben Yurchuk started it off with a power play goal when he flipped in a rebound from the back door to jump start his team three minutes into the period. Just 27 seconds later, Justin Harper laid a thunderous open ice check on a Lancer puck carrier and then slid the puck to Matt Rogers just in front of the Rams bench. Rogers took a few strides inside the blue line and ripped a wrist shot that found the net for a 2-0 lead.
A minute later Zack Gallo scored on a scramble in front of what was about to be a delayed penalty. The Lancers pulled their goalie, but it didn’t help them at all. Less than a minute after that, Rogers struck again off a feed from Harper, and the rout was on.
The Lancers got on the board with just 1.1 seconds left in the period off some sloppy defense when the Rams failed to freeze the puck on the boards to run out the clock.
But the late goal didn’t slow the Rams down, as they kept the pedal to the metal and added to their lead. First Yurchk scored again off a beautiful 3-on-2 play with JT Zangara and Evan Xhumba collecting the assists.
At 5-1 the game got chippy. Clearly frustrated and unable to stop the Rams, the Lancers turned to a physical game and started taking the body, often late and behind the play. But Randolph would have none of that, punching the Lancers right back by delivering their own big checks.
With five minutes left, a Lancer defender took a run at Michael Sofia who was on the right-wing boards with the puck. But the undisciplined play hurt his team when Sofia dangled the puck around him and walked in all alone on the goaltender, going top shelf to put the final nail in the Lancers coffin.
With just 26 seconds left the Lancers scored a useless goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway for the final 6-2 score.
Zangara had three assists in the game, while Xhumba and Harper had two apiece.
Randolph outshot the Lancers 45-22, as Gavin Einfeldt earned the win in goal for the Rams.