Autumn Walter | Pink jerseys were worn for the Ram’s “Pink the Rink” game against Drexel University.
It was a tale of two cities at the Boss Ice Arena this past weekend as the men’s ice hockey team split their weekend series with Drexel University.
Game one was everything a University of Rhode Island fan could ask for and more. Hindered by a late arrival to the arena, the Drexel Dragons were routed early, surrendering three first period goals en route to a 7-0 victory for the Rams. The Rams puck movement was key in the first period, as the first and third goals featured some of the best passing of the year.
The first game also had a lot of firsts for the Rams team. The second goal of the game proved to be emotional, as alternate Captain Matthew Kowash scored his first goal of the season after a broken leg ended his junior season. He got a piece of a Nick Kopsick shot, deflecting it into the net. Griffin Long also potted the first goal of his college career, then added a second for good measure later in the game.
Jonathan Alsfeld kept his high production at a premium, cashing in for two goals and an assist on the night. The junior is averaging two points per game
The second game of the series proved to be the opposite of game one, with the Dragons winning a tightly contested match 2-1.
The Rams, donning their “Pink the Rink” jerseys, got off to a good start, courtesy of a Matthew Kowash goal. Unfortunately, that would prove to be the lone bright spot for the rams, as the Dragons would tally back to back goals to secure a victory. The Rams piled over 40 shots on net, yet Drexel goalie Jeremy Wik stood tall and closed the door on the Rams.
About 10 minutes after the game, the Rams were brought back onto the ice for sprints. It’s safe to say that the coaching staff was not happy with their effort in the second game.
The Rams will face a massive test this weekend, heading to Stony Brook University to square off against the No. 13 ranked team in the country. Historically the Seawolves have dominated the Rams, cruising to a 29-12-2 record against them since 2002.