MORRISTOWN, NJ- It was the opening game of the Randolph Hockey season on Tuesday Nov. 29, as the Rams hit the ice to face off against their rivals Morris Knolls at Mennen arena. Randolph would battle hard throughout the game, but fell to Morris Knolls in a 2-0 loss.
The Rams kept the game knotted at zero through the first period, as the teams traded some heavy hitting out on the ice. The stands were packed on both sides of the ice, as enthusiastic student sections for both teams traded verbal jabs back and forth as well.
Morris Knolls would strike late in the second period for their first goal as Junior forward Douglas Fisher beat Randolph goalie Luc Swedlund to give the Eagles a one goal lead. Fisher’s shot from the left faceoff circle caromed off a player in front, changing direction on Swedlund.
In the third period the Rams looked to put in the equalizer. Randolph did not go out without getting their best chance late in the game when they were awarded with a power play, and put Morris Knolls goalie Tyler Franchi to the test. Randolph Senior Jack Zimmer shot the puck off a rebound which hit the blocker of the Knolls Goalie and bounced away.
In hopes to tie the game Rams coach Rich McLaughlin pulled Swedlund with under two minutes to put in an extra attacker. Morris Knolls would score an empty net goal with 17 seconds left on the clock for the final margin of 2-0.
“It’s the first game,” said Swedlund, the team captain. “We’re still trying to get into our method of hockey. We have big shoes to fill but I feel confident that we will be able to succeed this year if we trust the system.”
The Rams look to rebound from the tough loss when they play Chatham on December 1st at Mennen Arena at 8:15 PM.