OSWEGO, NY – The Great Lakes Recycling 12-under girls’ hockey team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association won the Ithaca Shooting Stars Tournament recently defeating the host Ithaca team 3-2 in the championship.
The Lady Bucs won 8-0 over Canton, and 3-0 over Binghamton in the preliminary games to earn the top seed in the championship game against Ithaca.
Great Lakes Recycling 3 Ithaca 2
After a scoreless first period and strong defense from both teams in the championship game, Oswego found their offense early in the second period as Marissa Wallace scored off a pass from Addison Stepien, and then just seconds later Ava Plyler tallied a goal off a feed from Jordan Caroccio to make it 2-0 Lady Bucs.
Ithaca would pull within one goal at the 6:40 mark of the third period, before Oswego found the net when Plyler scored once again off a pass from Stepien to go up 3-1.
Ithaca would add one additional goal with a minute remaining in the game, but Oswego’s defense and strong goaltending by Chelsea Storms was too much and helped secure the 3-2 championship win.
“What a great team effort,” said Oswego head coach Ben Miller. “I am so proud of this team and the unselfish play we see game after game. It was great to see how strong our defense and goaltending was all weekend, and of course the amazing effort of our girls on offense.”
According to Miller, the solid defense in the championship and preliminary games was led by Storms in net, as well as defenders Nikki Regan, Anna Michalski, Stepien and Caroccio.
The offense was led by Wallace, Plyler, Sadie Pratt, Jensen St. Croix, Nealy Pippen, Natalie Miller, Beatrice Rastley and Tatum Wincheck.
Great Lakes Recycling 8 Canton 0
In the opening game of the tournament against Canton, the Lady Bucs jumped out early on Canton and never looked back, scoring six goals in the first two periods before adding two more in the third to win 8-0.
“The players came out really strong in the first game against Canton, playing well on both ends of the ice,” Oswego Head Coach Ben Miller said.
Scoring for Oswego were Wallace (3 goals, 2 assists), St. Croix (1 goal, 2 assists), Caroccio (1 goal, 1 assist), Miller (1 goal, 1 assist), Plyler (1 goal), and Pippen (1 goal). Adding assists were Pratt (2), Stepien (1), Wincheck (1), Rastley (1), Regan (1), and Michalski (1).
Storms played strong throughout the game in net securing the shutout win.
Great Lakes Recycling 3 Binghamton 0
Oswego’s next game against Binghamton was once again highlighted by tough defense and goalie play throughout the game as the Lady Bucs won 3-0.
After a scoreless first period, Oswego scored twice in the second and added a third tally in the final period.
Wallace once again led the way on offense with a goal and two assists, while Natalie Miller and Sadie Pratt each added their own scores.
Storms added her second shutout of the tournament, making numerous saves throughout the contest.
Great Lakes Recycling remained undefeated on the season with a 7-0 record. The Great Lakes Recycling coaching staff includes: Miller and assistants Adam Michalski, Shawn Caroccio, and Jayson St. Croix.