OSWEGO, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Red Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association continued their strong season with wins over Watertown, Salmon River, Auburn and Geneva, as well as a tie against league-leading and undefeated Binghamton.
Step One Creative Peewee Buc Spencer Stepien looks for a pass in recent Snowbelt Hockey League action against Watertown. Stepien had a goal and an assist in the 10-1 win over the Rapids. The Bucs have gone undefeated with five wins and a tie in their past six games to improve to 18-4-1 on the season.
The Bucs won 10-1 over Watertown, 3-2 against Salmon River, tied 1-1 against Binghamton, and picked up a 3-1 win at Auburn, and 6-1 victory home against Geneva.
The team improved to 18-4-1 on the season, and moved into second-place with a
10-2-1 record in their Snowbelt League Red Division.
Step One Creative Peewees 10 Watertown 1
After a scoreless first period against the visiting Watertown Rapids, the Step One Creative Peewee Bucs exploded for 10 goals in the next two periods to easily win 10-1 in this Snowbelt League matchup.
Keith Vivlamore led the way with a three-goal hat trick and an assist, and Lukas Cady added two goals and an assist. Others contributing with points were Spencer Stepien, Joe DiBlasi, and Noah Delaney each with a goal and an assist, while Marcus Baker and Aidan Taylor added a goal each. Tyler May added two assists, and Cole Cullinan, Patrick Galvin, and Tommy Back each had one.
Hunter Lawton picked up the win in net and had 12 saves.
“We came out really slow in the first period, but the team really ramped it up in the second period, and then exploded for eight goals in the third to get the win,” said Step One Assistant Coach Andy DiBlasi. “This was a very well-balanced scoring effort for the team, and everyone contributed.”
Step One Creative Peewees 3 Salmon River 2
In this close Snowbelt League matchup with Salmon River, Oswego picked up a goal from defenseman Bryson Bush just seconds into the third period to take a 3-2 lead, and held of the Storm for the win.
Oswego’s Aidan Taylor picked up the first goal of the game at 4:56 of the first, off assists from Marcus Baker and Joe DiBlasi. The Bucs would add another in the second from Lukas Cady, before the decisive goal by Bush early in the third period.
“This was a close game throughout. A really good matchup,” said Step One Assistant Coach Andy DiBlasi. “Our defense really stepped up in the third, after we picked up the goal from Bryson, and I was proud of the kids and their effort in this win.”
Oswego net minder Hunter Lawton continued his strong play in goal this season with 14 saves in securing the win.
Step One Creative Peewees 1 Binghamton 1
The Bucs played one of their strongest games of the year in this matchup against undefeated and league-leading Binghamton. The scoring came just seconds into the game from Binghamton, and later in the third period with seconds remaining by Oswego, as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.
Binghamton scored less than a minute into the contest, but the strong team effort and goalie play of Oswego’s Hunter Lawton kept the game close throughout and down just the one goal until the last play of the game, when Bryson Bush and other Step One players rushed the net.
After a scramble in front of the Binghamton goalie, it was Marcus Baker who was able to lift the puck up over the net minder’s shoulder for the goal as time expired.
Bush and Lukas Cady picked up the assists.
“This was a great hockey game from start to finish,” said Step One Assistant Coach Andy DiBlasi. “We really pressured their zone throughout, and everyone played great on the defensive end, including of course the strong effort by Hunter in net.”
Step One Creative Peewees 3 Auburn 1
In a rematch from a game earlier in the season, in which the Step One Red Team lost 4-1, the Bucs traveled to Auburn and got the win they wanted 3-1 in the Snowbelt League game.
After falling behind 1-0 halfway through the first period, Oswego took control of the contest with strong goaltending by Hunter Lawton and relentless offensive pressure in the Auburn zone in the second and third periods.
Spencer Stepien got Oswego’s scoring started, finding the net with a backhand marker at 2:32 of the second period off an assist from Noah Delaney.
Keith Vivlamore followed that up with his own goal minutes later off a feed from Tyler May to make it 2-1 Oswego.
The Bucs would add another goal late in the third period when Aidan Taylor scored unassisted to close out the scoring.
Lawton had 20 saves in the road win.
“We played well against the Auburn team back in November, but just could not take advantage of our opportunities in that game,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Frank Brosch. “Our team took full advantage of the opportunities this time around, and our strong defensive play really minimized some of their better players.”
Step One Creative Peewees 6 Geneva 1
On home ice at Crisafulli Rink, Step One Creative jumped out early on the visiting Geneva team, scoring three goals in the first period and three more in the third to take this league game 6-1.
Keith Vivlamore and Aidan Taylor each had three-goal hat tricks, with Vivlamore’s first goal coming just seconds into the game off the initial faceoff.
Lukas Cady assisted on all three of Vivlamore’s goals, while Marcus Baker (2), Bryson Bush and Tommy Back added the others.
Lawton picked up his 18th win of the season, while registering 11 saves.
“We jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on their team and it was tough for them to do anything after that,” said Step One Head Coach Frank Brosch. “I am proud of our team and their continued strong play this season. It’s been a great stretch of games for our squad and we are looking forward to building on that success.”
The Step One Creative Peewee Bucs play home this weekend in the Best Western House Invitational Tournament at Cullinan and Crisafulli rinks.
The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Frank Brosch, and assistants Andy DiBlasi, Pete Cullinan and Phil Cady.