RANDOLPH, NJ— The Randolph High School varsity boys ice hockey team rolled past Hunterdon Central 4-1 on Jan. 3, at Aspen Ice Arena.
“We haven’t had the best start the last couple of games, so we made it our goal to come out flying today and we did just that,” said senior Evan Xhumba.
The game started off intense, as the Rams used their speed and agility to jump on their opponent early.
“Zach was able to find the back of the net early to get us the lead,” Senior captain JT Zangara stated, describing the first period goal scored by freshman Zach Gallo, assisted by Xhumba and Ben Yurchuck. The quick goal gave Randolph a 1-0 lead.
The second period was similar to the first with senior goalie Gavin Einfeldt stopping every shot on his net. After junior James Mattson netted the second goal of the game late in that second period, the Rams held a 2-0 lead going into the third. Matt Rogers and Justin Harper assisted on the goal.
The third and final period was action packed with an early goal from Hunterdon Central making the game tight. Randolph bounced back with their third goal, scored by Yurchuck only minutes later.
The final goal of the night was the nail in the coffin however, picked up by sophomore Kyle Barbara off an assist from Zangara. The goal came with 6 minutes left on a Rams Power Play.
The victory over Hunterdon Central pushes Randolph’s record to 9-2-1. The boys will continue their season on Jan. 6 against Morristown at Mennen Arena.
Editors Note: Jessie Hauryluke and Paige Leahy are students at RHS participating in a Journalism program with TAP into Randolph