Oswego, NY – The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured two wins in recent action against Watertown and Elmira. The team also fell to Skaneateles and Geneva.
In Oswego’s 4-1 win over Watertown, both teams got on the board early in the first period with one goal apiece. Scoring on a breakaway goal for Oswego was Aidan Taylor, who found the upper right corner of the net. Oswego dominated the second period when Taylor scored again off an assist from Spencer Stepien. Stepien then added an unassisted goal minutes later making it a 3-1 game after two periods. Oswego secured the win in the third period with a tough angled goal over the net minder’s shoulder once again from Stepien. Oswego goalie Ethan Rando got the win in net and recorded 9 saves.
Coming off the win at Watertown, Oswego traveled the following day to face a strong Geneva team. Oswego got off to a slow start falling behind 3-0 in the first period. Although the team struggled to connect offensively, their defense held Geneva to just one goal in the second, making the score 4-0 heading into the third period. Oswego got the scoring started in the final period, when Spencer Stepien found the back of the net at the 9:18 mark off a pass from JJ Harter. Geneva would find the net three more times in the third period, defeating Oswego by the score of 7-1. Rando tallied 18 saves in the loss.
The following weekend, the Oswego Squirt 1 squad traveled to The First Arena in Elmira to take on the home team Jackals. Oswego got off to a strong start, scoring two back-to-back goals at the end of the first period. Aidan Taylor put one away off a pass from Oswego defenseman Tyler May. Then, just seconds later Alex Vescio found Spencer Stepien who scored the first of his four goals on the day. Elmira would pick up a tally at 9:37 of the second period, however, an unassisted goal from Taylor made the score 3-1 at the end of the second period. Oswego secured their Snowbelt League win in the third period with Stepien’s three additional goals. The first goal was assisted by May, and the other two by JJ Harter. Oswego’s goalie Brandon Demling recorded 13 saves in the win.
Balanced play from Bryson Bush, Cole Cullinan, Joe Palmer, Derek Sabatini, Rando and Alex Thorpe also contributed to the win.
“We jumped out 2-0 on Elmira and I think we set a tone they couldn’t rebound from,” said Oswego Head Coach Dan Taylor “ We got a little sloppy at times in the second period, but got a couple more goals to secure the win. I was proud of the team and the way they continued to work hard late in the game.”
Oswego next hosted the Skaneateles Lakers at the Crisafulli Rink at the Fort Ontario Complex. Although Skaneateles scored first, Oswego fought back to tie it at 3:17 of the first period when Aidan Taylor found the back of the net. Skaneateles scored two quick goals with less then a minute left in the period making the score 3-1 heading in to the second. Oswego’s tough defense held the Lakers for the entire second period, allowing no goals. Spencer Stepien put one away at 3:38 off an assist from Joe Palmer, but Oswego could not complete the comeback in the third period and fell to Skaneateles by a final score of 5-2. Oswego’s goalie Brandon Demling made an impressive 29 saves in the loss.
The Oswego Snowbelt Squirt’s will next visit Thousand Islands this upcoming weekend and travel to Canada for two games against Kingston.
The Oswego Snowbelt Squirt 1 coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dan Taylor and Assistants Pete Cullinan, Nick Demling and Shawn Ocorr.