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Cross Island Showdown Ends In A Draw



The upset had fallen through, the comeback had fallen short and two bitter rivals left the ice with more questions than answers. The Hofstra Pride led for the majority of the game, but were unable to seal the deal. The Farmingdale State College Rams found themselves playing catchup after giving up two goals in the first five minutes and ten seconds of the 1st period. Michael Sykora started his ninth game of the campaign for the Pride. Luke Richardson got the nod in net for his seventh start of the season for the Rams. The game ended in a 4-4 tie after overtime. The Pride moved to 8-9-1 on the campaign. The Rams moved to 16-4-1 on the season. 

With just 1:10 gone by in the first frame, Jordan Cox lit the lamp to give the Pride an early lead. The Hofstra winger was a standout performer in a game bogged down by frequent turnovers, icings and penalties. Cox then gave the Pride a 2-0 lead with 5:10 gone by in the 1st period. Just six seconds later, Ian Ribirich fired back for the Rams to cut the lead to one. Marco Malandruccolo tied the game at two apiece with 9:05 gone by. Both teams settled into the game after the ten minute mark, but a holding call against the Rams put the Pride on the power play with 16:10 gone by in the period. Just twenty-seven seconds later, Frank Fezza scored for the Pride. After twenty minutes of regulation, the Pride led 3-2 despite being outshot 11-6. 

After a slow start to the second stanza for both clubs, Jordan Cox completed the hat trick with 5:30 gone by in the period. Just over two minutes later, Nicolas D’Alessandro scored to put the Rams back within one. Farmingdale spent the majority of the second frame on the penalty kill. After a pair of offsetting penalties, the Rams were forced to kill off the first of two 5 on 3 opportunities for the Pride. The Rams committed six second period penalties to the Pride’s two. The Pride led by one after two periods of play.  Hofstra was outshot 8-6 in the period. 

At the start of the 3rd period, Farmingdale was forced to kill off their second 5 on 3 of the game. The Pride’s inability to capitalize on the power play would come back to haunt them. With 11:39 gone by in the third frame, Jackson Tomforde scored his first career goal for the Farmingdale Rams to tie the game at four apiece. Neither team was able to light the lamp in overtime.

Scoring Summary

PeriodTimeGoal Scorer (Team)Assist(s)Goal Type
1st18:50Jordan Cox (Hofstra)Unassisted
1st14:50Jordan Cox (Hofstra)Dylan Kinzer
1st14:44Ian Ribarich (Farmingdale)Brendan Dixson
1st10:55Marco Malandruccolo (Farmingdale)Michael Malandruccolo, Ian Ribarich
1st03:23Frank Fezza (Hofstra)Matthew MaterazoPower Play
2nd14:30Jordan Cox (Hofstra)Robert Criscuolo
2nd12:15Nicholas D’Alessandro (Farmingdale)Brendan Dixson
3rd08:21Jackson Tomforde (Farmingdale)Louis Saccone, Kevin Manzi

Three Stars of the Game

StarPlayer (Team)Stat LinePerformance Summary
1stJordan Cox (Hofstra)Hat-TrickThe scoring winger played a key role in Hofstra’s offense.
2ndIan Ribarich (Farmingdale)1 Goal, 1 AssistThe two-way winger played with skill and sandpaper while garnering a goal and an assist.
3rdJackson Tomforde (Farmingdale)1 Goal Scored his first career AAU goal to tie the game for the Rams.
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