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Step One Creative Peewees Open Season with Two Wins

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Red Hockey Team, of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, opened their season at Meachem Rink in Syracuse, against the Onondaga White and Valley White teams.

Patrick Galvin breaks out against Valley in recent Snowbelt League action. The Step One Creative Peewee Red team defeated Onondaga White 4-1 and the Valley White team 3-0 to open their season. Galvin tallied five assists in the two games.

Patrick Galvin breaks out against Valley in recent Snowbelt League action. The Step One Creative Peewee Red team defeated Onondaga White 4-1 and the Valley White team 3-0 to open their season. Galvin tallied five assists in the two games.

The Bucs defeated Onondaga 4-1 in a non-league game, and then shutout Valley 3-0 the following day to open up their Snowbelt League schedule.

In the game against Onondaga, the Step One Creative Peewees jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 7:36 mark of the first period, when Patrick Galvin set up Keith Vivlamore.

Step One Peewee forwards Lucas Cady and Marcus Baker then each assisted on one another’s goals in the second period and early in third, to put the Bucs up 3-0.

Vivlamore would add his second tally of the game at 7:32 of the third, off an assist from Galvin, before the Thunder’s Keegan Barry scored late in the third to finish out the scoring.

The Bucs pressured the Onondaga zone throughout the game, registering 37 shots on goal. Step One Creative goalie Hunter Lawton captured the win with 11 saves.

In the second game of the weekend, the Bucs visited Valley White in their Snowbelt League opener, and captured a 3-0 victory.

After a scoreless first period, the Step One Peewees began to pressure the Valley zone, and quickly found some scoring opportunities.

Vivlamore once again got the scoring started for the Bucs, this time early in the second period, off assists from Cole Cullinan and Galvin. The Bucs would add two more goals just minutes later in the period, when Baker and Vivlamore notched tallies, off assists from Galvin, Cullinan and Bryson Bush.

Once again, it was a relentless offensive attack that led the Bucs, outshooting the Valley team 25-6.

Lawton had 6 saves for Step One in the win.

“The team really worked well together in these season opening wins,” said Oswego Head Coach Frank Brosch. “They really came out and played some strong hockey, and were awarded because of their play on both ends of the ice.”

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Frank Brosch, and Assistants Andy DiBlasi, Pete Cullinan, and Phil Cady.

Haessig Joins Step One Creative as Spring Public Relations Intern

Oswego, NY – Step One Creative, an Oswego-based advertising design and public relations firm has announced that Abigail Haessig of Oswego has joined the agency as a summer intern, according to president Shane R. Stepien.

Abby HaessigHaessig, who is a native of Oswego, is a junior communications major with concentrations in advertising and public relations at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity to gain experience in my chosen field right in my hometown,” Haessig said. “I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned at Le Moyne in a professional setting.”

In addition to this internship, Haessig is also the Public Relations Chair of
Le Moyne’s student programming board, and recently made Dean’s List during the spring 2014 semester. She is also a member of the women’s club lacrosse team.

“We look forward to having Abby assist our team with a variety of projects this summer,” said Stepien. “She is an active student on campus at Le Moyne, and we believe the experience that she will garner from our agency will complement her curriculum knowledge.”

Established in 1996, Step One Creative, a division of Step One Communications, LLC, is an advertising design and public relations firm located at the Stevedore Lofts, 317 West First Street, Suite 101, in Oswego, that offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copywriting, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

For additional information on Step One Creative please call (315) 342-2554 or visit online at www.steponecreative.com.

Camden Proud, Proud Motorsports Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Set March 16

OSWEGO, NY – Proud Motorsports will hold a chicken BBQ fundraiser for Oswego Speedway rookie and 15-year-old Camden Proud on March 16 from noon until sold out at Lighthouse Lanes.

Camden Proud

Camden Proud

Proud Motorsports is a small-block supermodified team owned by Tim and Debbie Proud of Oswego.

Their son, Camden, is a former USAC Quarter Midget champion, and will race this upcoming season in the Proud Chassis #54 that his father built for 2014.

They have been racing in the Quarter Midget circuit for nine years and this will be Camden’s first year in the small-blocks at the Oswego Speedway.

Chicken BBQ and pulled pork dinners will be available for a $10 donation.

Presale tickets are available by calling 532-0926 or stopping by Step One Creative at 317 W. First St., Oswego, or Ken’s Body Shop at 5753 Route 104 in Oswego.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Presale dinner orders must be picked up a Lighthouse Lanes the day of the event by 2 p.m.

“We appreciate the support and enthusiasm we are receiving for our Proud Motorsports team and the #54, and we really look forward to seeing everyone at the fundraising event on March 16,” said Camden Proud.

For more information on Proud Motorsports, visit http://www.proudmotorsports.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Step One Creative Peewees Capture Perinton Big Thaw Tournament Championship

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team won the 2014 Perinton Big Thaw Hockey Tournament this past weekend in Fairport, New York. The Bucs defeated the host Perinton team in the championship game 3-1.

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The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team is shown pictured this past weekend after winning the 2014 Perinton Big Thaw Tournament Championship in Fairport, New York.

It was the second championship of the season for the Bucs. They won the CNY Cup in Clinton in December.

In this past weekend’s tournament, Step One Creative lost 2-0 against Perinton, won 8-1 over Webster, and won 3-1 against Canandaigua to earn a trip to the championship game against Perinton.

Perinton 2 Step One Creative Peewees 0

In the opening game of the Big Thaw against Perinton, the Step One Bucs fell 2-0 against the hometown Blades.

Despite the loss, the Bucs outshot the Perinton team 26-15.

Goalie Tyler Wallace had 13 saves in the contest, and played strong in the matchup.

“Our team really outplayed Perinton in the opener, but our opponents took advantage of two opportunities in the second period, and we could not respond,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Dave Morgia.

Step One Creative Peewees 8 Webster 1


Step One Creative’s next game against the Webster Cyclones provided a different outcome, as the Bucs found their offense and won 8-1.

The Bucs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Step One’s Nick Burnett tipped in a shot from defender Monica Cahill.

In the second period, the Bucs jumped on the Webster team, when Derek Morgia scored a three goal hat trick in just 31 seconds to make it 4-1. Dylan Reitz and Bryon Bush added assists on the goals.

With all of the momentum on Step One’s side, the Bucs added four more goals in the final period to complete the 8-1 win. Drake Morgia, Jack Rice, Reitz and Spencer Stepien each added goals, and Rice and Gavin Neuland added the assists.

Strong pressure throughout the game by Christian Talamo and Ryan Mosher on offense also contributed to the win, as well as a relentless defense led by Brandon Graham, Isaiah Raby, Reitz, Bush and Cahill.

Wallace had 8 saves in net to secure the win.

“Our kids came out very strong and played great at both ends of the ice,” Assistant Coach Bill Cahill said.

Step One Creative Peewees 3 Canandaigua 1

In their third tourney matchup Step One Creative defeated Canandaigua 3-1. The contest was rematch from a game held the previous weekend at Oswego, in which the Bucs lost 3-2.

“They really wanted this win, and knew that if they played strong throughout the game they would redeem the previous weekend’s loss, and also earn a spot in the championship game,” Morgia said.

Tyler Eckert got the scoring started for Step One Creative in the first period, with a strong coast-to-coast effort through the Knight defenders.

Neuland added a nice backhand goal off a feed from Cahill and Stepien later in the second period, before Derek Morgia iced the game in the third to make it 3-1.

Wallace played strong in net once again with 16 saves to earn the victory.

Step One Creative 3 Perinton 1 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

In the championship game of the 2014 Perinton Big Thaw Tournament, Step One Creative once again faced off against Perinton, but it was the Bucs that took control of this game pressuring the Blades in their zone throughout the matchup to capture the 3-1 win.

After falling behind just seconds into the game 1-0, the Bucs took control of the game in the second and third periods with three goals coming from Tournament MVP Derek Morgia. The hat trick was Morgia’s second of the weekend.

“Our players were ready for this rematch and wanted this championship,” said Cahill. “This was a great team win and everyone contributed on both our offense and defense.”
“It was great to finish the season with this tournament win, and our coaches were very pleased to see the strong effort this weekend.”

Step One Creative finished their strong season with a 19-18-3 record.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff included: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, David Morgia, Jr., and Rob Raby.

Proud Motorsports and Step One Creative Officially Announce 2014 Racing Partnership

Oswego, NY – Step One Creative has been named the primary sponsor of the Proud Motorsports #54 Chassis and driver Camden Proud for the upcoming 2014 racing season at the Oswego Speedway.

Camden Proud

Camden Proud

“We are very excited about Step One Creative coming on board as the primary sponsor for our inaugural season,” said Camden Proud. “It has been great to have a full-service advertising design and public relations firm like Step One as our major sponsor, not only because of their strong reputation in the Central New York community, but because of their support and willingness to help with various facets of our team.”

“We look forward to working with the Step One Creative design team on the new graphics for our car, as well as partnering with them on events, appearances, and other PR opportunities for Proud Motorsports.”

Step One Creative, located at 317 West First Street in the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, New York, offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copywriting, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

Proud Motorsports is a small-block supermodified team owned by Tim and Debbie Proud of Oswego, New York. Their 15-year-old son, Camden, is a former USAC Quarter Midget Champion, and will race this upcoming season in the Proud Chassis that his father built for 2014. They have been racing in the Quarter Midget circuit for 9 years and this will Camden’s first year in the small-blocks at the Oswego Speedway. Both, Camden’s father Tim, and his uncle, Chris, have also raced previously at Oswego.

“Step One Creative is thrilled to be a part of the Proud Motorsports team,” said agency president Shane Stepien. “The commitment and enthusiasm that Camden and his family have for racing is incredible, and our agency wanted to share in that excitement.”

“Camden is a very knowledgeable and personable young man, and with 10 years of racing experience already under his belt, he has potentially a very long career ahead of him.  He has set some great goals for himself this season, including Rookie of the Year at the Oswego Speedway, and we believe that he his going to be a huge success in Oswego and other raceways for years to come.”

For more information on Proud Motorsports visit their website at http://www.proudmotorsports.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

For more information on Step One Creative please call (315) 342-2554 or visit the newly designed website at steponecreative.com.

Step One Creative Peewees Split Pair in Recent Action

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team Step One Creative Peewees Split Pair in Recent Action continued their strong play recently against Thousand Islands and the Rochester Grizzlies.

Step One Creative’s Monica Cahill takes a shot in recent Oswego Minor hockey action. Cahill’s strong play on defense was key in their games against Thousand Islands and Rochester this past weekend.

Step One Creative’s Monica Cahill takes a shot in recent Oswego Minor hockey action. Cahill’s strong play on defense was key in their games against Thousand Islands and Rochester this past weekend.

Step One Creative lost 2-1 at the Alexandria Bay Ice Rink against Thousand Islands, and then captured an exciting 2-0 win at home against Rochester.

Step One Creative is now 10-3-2 on the season.

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The Step One Creative Peewees traveled to the Alexandria Bay Ice Rink to matchup against the Thousand Islands Pirates.

In a great hockey game at both ends of the ice, Thousand Islands came out on top 2-1, holding off a late rally from the Oswego team.

Thousand Islands held a 2-0 lead into the third period before Step One Creative forward Derek Morgia took a pass from Ryan Moshier and navigated full ice through the Pirate defense to pick up the lone goal.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace had 20 saves in the close contest.

Step One Creative Peewees 2 Rochester Grizzlies 0

The following day on home ice at Cullinan Ice Rink, Step One Creative squared off against the Rochester Grizzlies, in what would turn out to be another close and hard fought game.

Step One Creative and Rochester would combine for 15 penalties in the contest, with both teams having multiple two-man advantage opportunities in the game.

After both teams battled through a scoreless first and second period, Step One Creative forward Spencer Stepien scored what would be the eventual game winner off a feed from Brandon Graham. After a scramble in front of the Rochester net minder, Stepien scored on a backhand to make it 1-0.

The Bucs would add another goal with just seconds remaining in the game, when defenseman Dylan Reitz scored on an empty netter from nearly full ice to secure the win. Rochester had pulled their goalie and had a 6-on-3 advantage just before Step One put the game away.

Wallace had 13 saves in the win, and Step One had 28 shots on net.

“These were two outstanding hockey games for our team,” said Step One Creative Assistant Coach Bill Cahill. “We matched up very well with both opponents.”

“After losing a tough one to Thousand Islands, our kids came out and battled at home against Rochester, and took advantage of some opportunities in third period to get the win,” he added.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

Their game results and schedule are available online at www.eteamz.com/peeweebucs.

Step One Creative Peewees Capture CNY Cup Hockey Championship in Clinton

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team won the 2013 CNY Cup this past weekend in Clinton, New York. The Bucs defeated the host Clinton team in the championship game 7-2.

Step One Creative won 7-1 over Whitestown, tied 2-2 against Clinton, and won 8-0 over Rome in the preliminary games to earn the top seed in the championship game against Clinton.

The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team is shown pictured after winning the 2013 CNY Cup this past weekend in Clinton, New York. The Bucs defeated the host Clinton team in the Championship game 7-2.

The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team is shown pictured after winning the 2013 CNY Cup this past weekend in Clinton, New York. The Bucs defeated the host Clinton team in the Championship game 7-2.

Step One Creative Peewees 7 Whitestown 1

In the opening game of the tournament against Whitestown, the Step One Bucs got a strong offensive effort from Derek Morgia (hat trick) and Tyler Eckert (2 goals, 2 assists) to easily capture the 7-1 win.

Step One Creative outshot the Whitestown team 29-9.

Eckert scored off an assist by Dylan Reitz at 3:28 of the first to get the scoring started, and then Step One added three goals (Eckert 1, Morgia 1 and Jack Rice 1) in the second period, and another three tallies in the third (Gavin Neuland 1, and Morgia 2). Brandon Graham, Ryan Moshier, Eckert (2) and Reitz (2) picked up the assists.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace had 9 saves in the victory.

“The players came out really strong in the tournament against Whitestown and played well on both ends of the ice,” Head Coach Dave Morgia said.

Step One Creative Peewees 2 Clinton 2

Step One Creative’s next game against the undefeated Clinton Comets would prove to be the toughest contest of the weekend.

The Bucs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Drake Morgia found the net unassisted. Clinton would score two goals later in the first period to take the 2-1 lead. After a tough scoreless second period, Oswego’s Eckert flipped a shot over the Clinton goalie with just 1:57 left in the game, and then the Bucs were able to kill off a 5 on 3 penalty in the final minute to pick up the tie.

Wallace had 15 saves in net and made some strong saves throughout the matchup.

“Our kids came out a little sluggish after the morning matchup, but I was very proud of the way they battled in this game and fought for the tie,” Morgia said.

Step One Creative Peewees 8 Rome 0

In their third game of the weekend, Step One Creative had no problems with the Rome Grizzlies, scoring five goals in the first period and then coasting to an 8-0 lead.

Morgia exploded for five goals and an assist in the game, while Christian Talamo, Graham and Reitz picked up the other markers. Talamo added two assists, as well as Nick Burnett (1) and Eckert (1).

Wallace only saw 3 shots on goal in securing the shutout win. It was Wallace’s fourth shutout of the season.

The win secured Step One Creative’s spot in the championship and the rematch against Clinton.

Step One Creative 7 Clinton 2

In the championship game of the 2013 CNY Cup, Step One Creative once again faced off against Clinton, but it was the Bucs that took control of this penalty-filled game pressuring the Comets in their zone throughout the matchup to capture the 7-2 win.

There were 19 penalties called in the game, including 12 on the home team Comets.

After Morgia got the scoring started for Oswego, Spencer Stepien found the net for the Bucs off a feed from Monica Cahill to make it 2-0. Clinton would add their own score late in the first to make it 2-1 before Oswego scored three goals to Clinton’s one in the second period, to take a commanding 5-2 lead.

Rice and Eckert (2) picked up the goals in the second period off assists from Neuland and Eckert.

Step One Creative would add two more goals in the third, when Burnett and Rice each scored. Eckert added another assist.

“Our players were ready for this rematch and wanted this championship,” said Morgia. “This was a great team win and everyone contributed on our offense and defense. “The team continues to improve every game and every practice, and it’s been great to see them advance this early in the season.”

According to Morgia, the strong efforts of Bryson Bush, Isaiah Raby, Cahill, Graham and Reitz on defense, as well as the consistent play of Wallace in net were instrumental in the wins over the weekend.

Step One Creative improved to 9-2-2 on the season.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

Step One Creative Peewees Sweep Recent Games

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association swept all of their games recently against Cortland, Watertown and Skaneateles.

The Bucs won 6-5 on home ice at Cullinan Rink over the Cortland travel team, and then shut out Snowbelt foes Watertown 11-0 and Skaneateles 9-0 on the road.

Step One Creative Peewees 6 Cortland 5

In a great matchup between Step One Creative and Cortland, the Bucs used a balanced scoring attack and strong goaltending by Tyler Wallace to capture the 6-5 win at home. After falling behind 1-0 just seconds into the game, the Step One Peewees picked up goals from Tyler Eckert (2), Derek Morgia (2), Christian Talamo, and Nick Burnett to secure the victory. Spencer Stepien, Jack Rice and Morgia added the assists in the back and forth contest.

Oswego goalie Wallace held off Cortland late in the game to get the win. He had 22 saves in the contest.

“This was a great hockey game and a great matchup early in the season for our team,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Dave Morgia. “The players worked hard throughout and were rewarded with the win.”

Step One Creative Peewee Tyler Eckert skates up the ice in hockey action against Skaneateles. Eckert had six goals and two assists during the stretch of games recently against Skaneateles, Cortland, and Watertown.

Step One Creative Peewee Tyler Eckert skates up the ice in hockey action against Skaneateles. Eckert had six goals and two assists during the stretch of games recently against Skaneateles, Cortland, and Watertown.

Step One Creative Peewees 11 Watertown 0

The strong offense of the Step One Bucs was too much for the Watertown Rapids in this lopsided matchup at the Watertown Municipal Rink. Dylan Reitz, Eckert, Burnett and Morgia each had two goals for the Bucs, while Monica Cahill, Stepien, and Talamo added one apiece. Drake Morgia, Isaiah Raby, Morgia, Burnett and Stepien contributed the assists.

Wallace had five saves in the win.

“We just jumped on Watertown early in first period, and it was tough for them to get anything going after that,” said Morgia. “We pressured their zone the entire game, and made plays when we had to.”

Step One Creative Peewees 9 Skaneateles 0

At the Old Rink in Skaneateles, the Step One Bucs once again jumped out early in the matchup, scoring five goals in the first period to continue their strong play against area Snowbelt League teams.

Wallace captured his third shutout of the season, playing strong and stopping six shots on the day.

Morgia registered a hat trick, Eckert and Rice added two goals, while Burnett, and Talamo added one apiece. Ryan Moshier (2), Eckert (2), Raby (2), Talamo, Reitz and Rice each added the assists.

Step One Creative outshot the Laker team 27-6.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

Step One Creative Peewees Continue Strong Play Against Rochester and Fulton Teams

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association was in action recently in Rochester and Oswego.

The Bucs lost 4-3 against Rochester Amerks Blue Minor travel team at Bill Gray’s Ice Plex in Rochester, won and tied against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team (3-1 and 2-2), and then shutout Fulton at home 7-0.

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Goalie Tyler Wallace of the Step One Creative Peewees is shown in recent Oswego Minor Hockey action. Wallace had his first shutout of the season in a 7-0 win over Fulton, and played strong in games against the Rochester Amerks Minor travel teams.

Goalie Tyler Wallace of the Step One Creative Peewees is shown in recent Oswego Minor Hockey action. Wallace had his first shutout of the season in a 7-0 win over Fulton, and played strong in games against the Rochester Amerks Minor travel teams.

In their lone loss over the past two weekends, the Step One Creative Peewees battled in Rochester against the Amerks Blue team. After Oswego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off a goal by Tyler Eckert from Nick Burnett, the Amerks Blue team scored four unanswered goals heading into the third period. Oswego would score the next two on goals by Christian Talamo and Monica Cahill, both coming off assists by Derek Morgia. Despite a flurry of shots late in the period by Oswego, the Amerks held off the Oswego team to capture the win.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 22 saves in the loss.

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On home ice at Crisafulli Rink, the Step One Creative Peewees played strong throughout against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team.

Eckert got the scoring started at 9:40 of the first period, and would later pick up an assist on one of two Morgia goals in the third.

Despite a number of shorthanded opportunities for the Amerks Red team, Oswego’s strong penalty killing and defense led by Cahill, Burnett, Brandon Graham, Drake Morgia, Bryson Bush, Jack Rice and Isaiah Raby helped with the win.
Wallace played strong in the net stopping 18 of the 19 shots.

“What a great effort,” said Step One Creative Peewee Head Coach Dave Morgia. “Tyler made some incredible stops in net, and all of our kids contributed in this win.”

Step One 2 Rochester Amerks Red 2

In the second game of the home and away series with the Amerks Red team, Oswego once again played strong, picking up a tie after being behind throughout most of the matchup.

After Derek Morgia picked up Step One Creative’s initial goal in the second period, Gavin Neuland scored late in the third period on a power play to secure the tie.

“This was a good, aggressive hockey game,” said Morgia. “I was proud of the way our players battled throughout and came back to get the tie.”

Step One 7 Fulton 0

After a scoreless first period against Fulton of the Snowbelt Hockey League, Step One Creative tallied three goals in the second and added another four in the final period to pick up the big win.

Wallace captured his first shutout of the season, playing strong and stopping all 15 Fulton shots.

Cahill got the Bucs on the board early in the second, and then assisted Morgia just minutes later to make it 2-0 Step One. Spencer Stepien then scored on a top shelf goal past the Fulton blocker at 10:11 of the period, off a feed from Neuland.

In the third period, Dylan Reitz delivered a slap shot from the blue line, off assists from Morgia and Neuland. Graham and Burnett would each follow with their own goals minutes later, before Morgia closed out the scoring off an assist from Reitz.

“It was a strong performance offensively for us with the seven goals,” said Morgia. “But the defense and the net minding were equally strong in the win.”

Step One Creative is now 3-2-1 on the season.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

Step One Creative Peewees Open Season with a Win and Loss

Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team, of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, opened their season this past weekend against the Valley Red and Syracuse Blazers Minor Teams.

Derek Morgia cuts through two Syracuse Blazer defenders in Oswego Minor Hockey Association action this past weekend. The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Team defeated Valley Red 5-1 and lost to the Blazers in their opening games of the season. Morgia tallied three goals in the two games.

Derek Morgia cuts through two Syracuse Blazer defenders in Oswego Minor Hockey Association action this past weekend. The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Team defeated Valley Red 5-1 and lost to the Blazers in their opening games of the season. Morgia tallied three goals in the two games.

The Bucs defeated Valley Red 5-1 at Crisafulli Rink in Oswego, and then lost the following day 6-2 against the Blazers at the Cicero Twin Rinks.

In the game against Valley Red, the Step One Creative Peewees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Derek Morgia getting the scoring started at the 6:18 mark, off a pass from Monica Cahill. The Bucs added another just minutes later when Ryan Mosher found the net off a feed from Nick Burnett.

After Valley’s Shemar Thomas made it 2-1 in the second period, Morgia added his second goal of the day at 4:17 of the period. Spencer Stepien made it 4-1 Oswego later in the second, scoring past the Valley goalie on a rebound off an initial shot from Cahill. The Bucs would add a goal later in the third period, when Dylan Reitz delivered a blue line marker past the opposing net minder to close out the scoring 5-1.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace captured the win in net, while registering 8 saves.

“The team did a lot of great things in this season opening win,” said Oswego Head Coach Dave Morgia. “They really came out and played some strong hockey, and were awarded with a win as a result of their effort on both ends of the ice.”

In the second game of the weekend, the Bucs took on the Syracuse Blazers Minor team in Cicero and fell 6-2.

Derek Morgia and Tyler Eckert picked up the goals for the Step One Creative Peewees, and Christian Talamo added an assist.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 17 saves in the loss.

The Blazers scored on 3 of their 6 power play opportunities in the game, and pulled away in the final period to capture the win against the Bucs.

Despite the loss, Coach Morgia was pleased with the team’s overall effort.

“Our coaching staff took away a lot of positives from this game,” Morgia said. “Yes, the penalties hurt us, but our team is really coming together after only a few practices, and these initial first two games.” “The players will continue to learn and make adjustments going forward,” he added.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

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