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Frisch Stuns Ramapo With Five-Goal Third Period

It was a tough week on the schedule for the Cougars; three games in four nights. It started off Thursday night with a 5-3 win over division rival East Side at the Prudential Center’s Barnabas Hockey House. Next came the first of back-to-back games against big North Conference teams, Tenafly and Ramapo High Schools.

Frisch took on Tenafly Saturday evening outdoors, under perfect weather conditions at the Englewood Field Club. Although the teams have not played each other in two years, many players were familiar with each other from skating as youth hockey teammates. The teams traded first period goals by Constantinos Raftis for Tenafly and Noah Petak for Frisch. In the second period, the hitting intensified along with Tenafly scoring chances, as Rafitius and Michael Rinaldi scored goals for Tenafly before Petak got his second with just over a minute left in the second period. Trailing 3-2 going into the third, Frisch got the equalizer on a Jake Fromen power move off an offensive zone faceoff, flipping it past Tenafly goalie Dylan Wikey with 8:45 remaining. Frisch had a chance to win it on the power play with a minute left, but Wikey turned aside several shots he faced to preserve the tie. Sammy Volodarsky had 20 saves for Frisch.

On Sunday night, Frisch took on Ramapo High School, but things did not get off to a great start for the Cougars. Ramapo jumped out to a 3-0 lead as the big Ramapo scorers Pierce Fogerty (two goals) and Kyle Livernois (two assists) did their thing. Frisch then settled down with captain Jakey Zackai delivering some words of encouragement in the locker room between periods, and played much better defensively limiting Ramapo to 15 shots the rest of the way. After a scoreless second period, Ramapo came out hard and scored 1:53 into the third period with what seemed to be the clincher. However, with 9:41 left in the game Noah Petak caught Ramapo on a line change and sped down the left side of the ice and sharply cut back across beating the goalie to make it 4-1. Sixteen seconds later Jake Fromen took a Petak goalmouth pass to cut the lead to 4-2. Then on a power play, the Cougars moved the puck around nicely with Petak eventually finding Jack Margolius on the far side, 59 seconds later to cut the lead to one. After a Ramapo timeout along with a goaltending change, Frisch kept coming on hard and they were rewarded with another power play. This time, Max Petak got the game tying power play goal on a feed from big brother Noah and Jake Fromen. The Cougars had scored four goals in just 2:40 to come back and tie the game.

Then with 4:09 left, Noah Petak (two goals, two assists) this time—came down the right side of the ice, cut across to his left at almost the goal line and flipped a backhander past the goalie from an incredibly sharp angle to put Frisch ahead 5-4. Sammy Volodarsky (29 saves) shut down two Ramapo attempts with the goalie pulled and the Cougars completed their incredible comeback. Max Petak finished with a goal and an assist, Jake “The Bull” Fromen had a goal and two assists, Jack Margolius had a goal and an assist while Judah Volodarsky and Jack Fischer also had assists.

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