RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Rams hockey team entered the Mennen Cup Finals looking to take back the title they won in 2018 but lost in 2019. Unfortunately, the Crimson of Morristown Beard also had plans of taking back the title that they last won in 2017, and on this night, they were more up to the task as they skated away with a 5-1 victory.
The game started with both teams feeling each other out, and while the energy was high and the puck was flying up and down the ice, the shots were mostly wide, high, or blocked. While the period ended with the shots low at only four apiece, Mo-Beard had the best scoring chance and took advantage of it to take a 1-0 lead.
But the wheels came off for the Rams in the second period, as the Crimson scored two early goals just 16 seconds apart to take control. Randolph answered right back just 14 seconds later as JT Zangara scored from the slot off a pass by Ben Yurchuk from behind the net.
At 3-1 Randolph still had hope, but Mo-Beard netted another goal late in the period to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Early in the third they struck again and all but ended the game with a 5-1 lead with 12 minutes left. That score would stand until the end, as Morristown Beard just cruised through the final 12 minutes and celebrated their victory.
While the Rams matched the Crimson for the most part up and down the ice, and even bested them in shots on goal by a 27-17 advantage, Morristown Beard converted their chances while Randolph was not able to.
The Rams now prepare to start their state playoff slate on Thursday Feb 27, home at Aspen.