FULTON – The Fulton Squirts hockey team played in a tournament in Pulaski, hosted by the Salmon River Ice Hockey Association, on January 14 and 15.
Four teams participated (Fulton, Oswego, Lysander and Salmon River).
Fulton vs. Salmon River was the first game the kids played.
It was tied 3 to 3.
The second game Fulton played in was against Lysander.
Fulton won 4 to 2.
The third game was against Oswego on Sunday morning.
Fulton won 2 to 1.
Points were awarded for winning the period and scoring goals.
Final standings to determine the contenders for third and fourth place and first and second were: Fulton 10 points, Oswego 8.5, Salmon River 8.5 and Lysander 3.
Fulton played against Oswego in the championship game.
At the end of the first period, it was 0 to 0.
In the second period, Fulton scored one goal and another in the third to win the game.
Fulton’s goalie, Ty Corey, shut out Oswego.
Goals breakdown: Daniel Devendorf had 7 goals and one each to Kyle Hood, Julius Spaights, Cody Hager and Cameron Besaw.
What made this an incredible weekend was during the first game when one of Fulton’s players, Kyle Hood, scored his first goal ever.
This is Kyle’s first year playing hockey.
The five players on the ice with Kyle congratulated him as would happen when any player scored a goal in a game.
What made it special was when the other 10 players on the bench rushed onto the ice to congratulate Kyle as well.
The parents were all cheering and clapping, as well as the coaches. When parents from the opposing team, Salmon River, found out why our players, parents and coaches were cheering so enthusiastically, they joined in to celebrate Kyle’s first goal ever with us as well.
This was an incredible display of sportsmanship and what youth sports are all about, according to Fulton head coach Larry King.
He posted on the Squirts’ Facebook page the following:
“I have coached numerous baseball and hockey teams over the past 36 years, but never have (I) been more proud of a team than the team I coached today. To see every player come off the bench to congratulate Kyle after his first goal, was the best feeling ever, and the look on his face after he scored was priceless. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I was the happiest coach on the planet. This is why I do what I do.”