ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School ice hockey team takes on Randolph today, possibly supercharged by a win over Mount Olive in a dramatic game on Sunday.
Randolph has won four of the last five encounters between the two teams. The Gaels' last victory against the Rams came in January 2017.
Both teams are doing well this year; Roxbury is at 10-6-1 and Randolph is now 12-2-4.
The Gaels will play Randolph at 7:45 pm at Mennen Arena.
The Gaels can hope for a night similar to Sunday, when they beat Mount Olive 8-5 in a back and forth battle on Senior Night for both teams.
Mount Olive jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before senior Joe Carey evened the score late in the first period with assists from senior Kevin Keane and Kyle Jenkins.
Roxbury took the lead on Carey's second goal early in the second period with an assist from senior Ethan Barooah.
Mount Olive rallied for the next two goals to retake the lead in the middle of the period, but less than a minute later Carey recorded a hat trick with his third goal with another assist from Keane.
Fewer than 60 seconds later, Roxbury regained the lead on a goal from Brian Westergaard, with assists from Nick Thomas and senior Nick Hefferle.
The see-sawing continued. Mount Olive struck back seconds later to retie the game at 4-4 at the end of two periods.
It was Keane who started the scoring in the third for Roxbury, with an assist from Randy DePalma. However, less than 30 seconds later, Mount Olive tied the game again.
Midway through the third period, the Gaels again found themselves on top thanks to a goal from Hefferle with an assist from Jake Kooyenga. It looked like Mount Olive would tie it again - when Roxbury took a penalty on the next shift - but Hefferle stole the puck and recorded the assist on a shorthanded goal from Thomas for the first 2-goal lead for either team.
Mount Olive continued to apply the pressure, but Roxbury goaltender, senior Chris Catania, made the saves to secure the win. Keane added an empty net goal, with assists from Barooah and Kooyenga to ice the game.