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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.

Rochester Amerks Blue 4 Step One 3

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.

Step One 3 Rochester Amerks Red 1

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.

Step One Creative Cuts the Ribbon on New Offices.

Oswego, NY – Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce representatives, CenterState CEO ambassadors, and Oswego City and County officials gathered with Step One Creative staff, family and friends recently for an Open House Celebration at the agency’s new offices at the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, New York. The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as food and refreshments throughout the day.

Group-Open-House-ShotShown pictured at the open house celebration are from left to right: Chuck Harrington, Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies; Jacqueline Thorpe, Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Tim Stitt, MCK Building Associates; Deana Michaels, Pathfinder Bank; Kate Percival, Palladium Times; Jeff Grimshaw, Office of Business and Community Relations, SUNY Oswego; Jeanne Unger, Farnham Family Services; Don Unger, Adecco; Donna Lupien, Lupien’s Gifts; Alyssa Proud; Beth Savicki, CenterState CEO; Shelby Stepien, Step One Creative; Sandy Jurkiewicz, CenterState CEO; Mark Proud, Step One Creative; Mallory Kelly, Step One Creative; Glenn Harding, CenterState CEO; Roxanna Gillen, The Sutton Companies; Shane Stepien, Step One Creative; Amy Tressider, Oswego County Legislature, District 16; Barb Bateman, NBT Bank and Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Lauren Pistell, Richard S. Shineman Foundation; Shane Broadwell, Broadwell Hospitality Group and Oswego County Legislature, District 17; Mayor Thomas Gillen, City of Oswego; Beth Hilton, Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce; and Jim Poindexter, Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies.

Established in 1996, Step One Creative, a division of Step One Communications, LLC, is an advertising design and public relations firm 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 more information please call (315) 342-2554 or visit the newly designed website at steponecreative.com.

Brenon Joins Step One Creative as Spring Public Relations Intern

Jessica BrenonOswego, NY – Oswego-based advertising design and public relations firm Step One Creative has announced that Jessica Brenon of Buffalo, New York has joined the agency as a spring public relations intern, according to president Shane R. Stepien.

Brenon, who is currently a junior public relations major at SUNY Oswego, will be assisting Step One Creative on a variety of client projects specific to public relations.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to apply what I’ve learned the past few years at school to an agency like Step One Creative,” said Brenon.  “This internship is going to provide me with invaluable knowledge and insight into the field of public relations.  I’m really looking forward to challenging myself here.”

Brenon is also an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Oswego Chapter, and recently made Dean’s List during the fall 2012 semester.

“We are excited to have Jess interning with us this spring,” said Stepien.  “I think that her strong PR skills, along with her determination, are going to greatly benefit both our agency and clients.”

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.

Step One Creative Introduces New Company Logo and Brand

Oswego, NY – Step One Creative, an Oswego-based advertising design and public relations firm, has introduced a new company logo and brand, according to Shane R. Stepien, agency president.

“We are very excited about the new look and feel for our firm,” said Stepien. “It’s very progressive, very strong, very fun, and very much us.”

The logo, which is highlighted by a modern, lower case black typeface and stylized red numeral “1” embedded in the letter “n” of the word one, replaces the companies previous 15-year-old brand.

“It was a perfect time for a change,” said Mark Proud, creative director at Step One. “The previous logo served our agency very well over the years, but we have a lot of new and exciting things happening with the agency, and we wanted a fresh design that reflects that.”

One of the most significant changes that will occur this upcoming December is the agency’s relocation to new offices at 317 West First Street, Suite 101, in the newly renovated Stevedore Lofts building in Oswego, New York.

“We see a ton of potential with the office space, and believe it will strongly complement the direction we are taking with our agency and brand,” said Stepien. “What a great exercise it has been for our staff designing the new space at the Stevedore, and rebranding our company at the same time.”

“Our team also greatly appreciates the partnership with Tim Stitt of MCK Building Associates, The Sutton Companies, MacKnight Architects, and others within their development team, that are making the transition to the Stevedore an easy one,” he added.

According to Stepien, the new offices are presently under construction and a mid-December move in date is anticipated. Additionally, Step One Creative’s internal and external marketing materials are presently being transitioned over to the new brand design – including their company website, collateral materials, etc.

“We are looking forward to all of positive changes for Step One in the coming months, and the many attributes that will directly benefit our existing client base, and others going forward,” Stepien said.

Established in 1996, Step One Creative, a division of Step One Communications, LLC, is an advertising design and public relations firm located at 56 West Third Street 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.

Broadwell Hospitality Group of Oswego Launches New Corporate Brand

Oswego, NY – Broadwell Hospitality Group (BHG) has announced the launch of their new corporate logo and brand identity,” according to BHG partner, Shane Broadwell.

The Oswego-based hospitality group, owned by George “Buddy” Broadwell, Sr., and sons Shane and George, Jr., oversees the management and operations of the Best Western PLUS Captain’s Quarters Hotel, Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront Hotel, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Alexandria’s Lakeview Restaurant, Alexandria’s Premier Lakeview Weddings, Bayshore Grove, GS Steamers, and the Captain’s Club.

BHG partnered with Step One Creative, an Oswego advertising design and PR firm on the development of the new brand.

“We are very enthusiastic about the introduction of our new brand,” said Shane Broadwell. “As our facilities and operations have expanded along the Oswego River corridor and Lake Ontario, we recognized the importance of establishing a strong overall representation of our company holdings.”

“The logo design projects our group’s continuous movement, growth, and expansion, and we are very pleased with the feedback and input that has been received as a result of the new design, graphic element, and color schemes,” he added.

The new brand will be used across various platforms for BHG, including internal marketing initiatives, staff apparel, collateral materials, and within their various company websites.

According to Broadwell, BHG has just recently finalized construction of the initial phase of the new Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego. The 10,000 sq. ft., 600-person, state-of-the-art facility, is located adjacent to their Best Western PLUS Captain’s Quarters Hotel, and will soon include the new Alexandria’s Lakeview Restaurant, scheduled to open in early 2013.

BHG has also transitioned and converted their Econo Lodge Hotel to a newly renovated and expanded Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront Hotel within the past year.

For additional information on Broadwell Hospitality Group, and/or their companies, please contact Shane Broadwell at (315) 343-1600.

Stewart Joins Step One as PR Intern for Fall Semester

Oswego, NY – Step One Creative, an Oswego-based advertising design and public relations firm, has announced that Tori Stewart, a native of Monroe, New York, has joined the agency as a fall public relations intern, according to President Shane R. Stepien.

Stewart, a senior public relations major at SUNY Oswego, will assist Step One on various client projects as they relate to public relations and communications.

“I am eager and thankful for the chance to utilize the skill set I have gained in theclassroom, within a communications platform like Step One,” said Stewart. “This internship will help open my eyes to the industry, and begin my career in public relations. I could not be happier about that.”

In addition to her internship at Step One Creative, Stewart is an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Oswego Chapter.

“Tori will be of great benefit to our agency for many upcoming client projects and events,” said Stepien. “We believe her strong PR and planning skills will assist greatly, and we look forward to having Tori as part of our team this fall.”

Established in 1996, Step One Creative, a division of Step One Communications, LLC, is an advertising design and public relations firm located at 56 West Third Street 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.

Mallory Kelly Joins Step One Creative as Art Director

Oswego, NY – Step One Creative, an Oswego-based marketing communications firm, has announced that Mallory Kelly has recently joined their agency as Art Director.

Kelly is an Oswego-native and graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. She has previous design experience at Oswego County Weeklies, Clear Channel Boston Radio Station Kiss 108, and Harvard-based, Her Campus on-line magazine.

“I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with Step One Creative,” said Kelly. “It is gratifying to be able to work at a very reputable agency in my hometown where I can express my creativity.”

According to Mark Proud, Creative Director at Step One Creative, Kelly will work on a variety of collateral, branding and web-based initiatives for their agency’s diverse client base.

“Mallory has been a wonderful addition to our team and her creativity and skill set have been exactly what we wanted within our Creative Services Department,” said Proud. “She has a lot of talent and has been a great complement to our team.”

Established in 1996, Step One Creative, a division of Step One Communications, LLC, is a marketing communications firm located at 56 West Third Street in Oswego, that offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copywriting, media planning/placement, website development and event planning, to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

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

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