Randolph 3, Chatham 0

December 15, 2005 on 6:28 pm | In game recap | Comments Off on Randolph 3, Chatham 0

Randolph 3, Chatham 0
Another day, another Mennen Division battle. Randolph and Chatham beat the storm Thursday, with the Rams wearing down the Cougars for a 3-0 victory. Randolph dominated most of the game, finishing with a 33-11 shot advantage. Typically, the Rams’ team speed and aggressive forecheck proved decisive. Despite a barrage of second-period penalties that produced six power plays, the game remained scoreless and, really, without any noteworthy scoring chances until the third period. Chatham goalie Ben Kepler showed quick reflexes to keep the game scoreless, while Dan Diamond was solid but untested in the Randolph goal.

The breakthrough came just 50 seconds into the third period. Randolph defenseman Kyle Krannich, pinned against the right boards in his defensive zone, backhanded a bank pass out of the zone to forward Rob Kral. He advanced into the offensive zone and past the right face-off circle before dropping a pass for trailer Ed Keenan, whose wrist shot trickled through the pads of the heretofore solid Kepler. Randolph had to kill a Chatham power play before adding to its lead, but the Rams finally put the game away midway through the period. Third-line center John Beatrice controlled the puck in the low slot before snapping a shot past Kepler’s blocker. The Rams capitalized on the momentum to score again just 13 seconds later, with Ricky Roma setting up Kral for the clinching goal.

In some sense, not much has changed in the Mennen Division; Randolph still has tremendous speed and depth but lacks dominant scorers, while Chatham seems one step behind.

Randolph 3, Chatham 0


Ran  0 0 3 3
Cha  0 0 0 0


Ran  11 12 10 33
Cha  3 5 3 11

0:50 Ran #16 Ed Keenan (#9 Rob Kral, #3 Kyle Krannich)
7:42 Ran #19 John Beatrice (#17 Chris Maloney, #11 Chris Tamminga)
7:55 Ran #9 Rob Kral (#22 Ricky Roma)

#1 Dan Diamond (Ran) 11-11
#34 Ben Kepler (Cha) 33-30

Power plays: Ran 0-4, Cha 0-6

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