MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - For the second straight game, a deflected shot that changed direction left the Randolph hockey team on the short side of the scoreboard.
Freshman center Alex Laferriere's shot deflected off a defenseman's stick and into the goal with 1:24 left in the third period, lifting Chatham to a 4-3 ice hockey victory over Randolph on Thursday night at Mennen Sports Arena.
Laferriere's first career varsity goal broke a 3-3 tie for Chatham (2-0) and was set up on a pass from senior Sam Ortolani.
"Randolph is well coached and always plays tough against us," Chatham coach Brendon Herr said. "Our guys were prepared to match that intensity tonight. I thought both teams played extremely hard.
"Again we were fortunate to have some puck luck on our side as the game-winning goal from Alex Laferriere went off of their defenseman's stick. We had solid goaltending again tonight as (Jamie) Boles made some key saves to get us out of jams. I thought our D zone play was much better tonight and our defense played a physical game. Madison will be another tough test on Saturday for us as we will prepare for that tomorrow."
William Zimmer's goal for Randolph (0-2) had tied the game at 3-3 with 6:20 to go in the third period.
The Cougars had taken a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game on the first varsity goal by freshman Dave Andreychuk. Thomas Winter scored later in the opening period to give Chatham a 2-0 lead.
Randolph got goals from Jack Zimmer and Jacob Michaels in the second period to make it a 2-2 game, before Evan Schmidt regained the lead for Chatham at 3-2 in the third period by converting a pass from Shay Black. Cougar goalie Boles ended with 19 saves.
Randolph meets Mendham, 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Mennen Arena.