OSWEGO, New York – The RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s B Mites lost a tight 4-3 matchup against Midstate Black this past weekend at the Coliseum at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first period to the Midstate Black team, RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s battled back late in the second. RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s forward Mark Jones got things started with a goal off a perfect pass from Cole Cullinan. Just minutes later Jones added an unassisted goal that cut the Midstate lead to 4-2.
Spencer Stepien then continued the scoring for RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at 10:54 of the third period with a backhand into the Midstate net to bring the score to within one goal.
And, despite a flurry of shots on the Midstate goalie throughout the remainder of the period, the RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s squad could not register another goal.
RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s goalie Tyler Wallace recorded 9 saves, and shut down Midstate in the second and third period.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These kids played really solid hockey after falling behind early in the first period,Ã¢â‚¬Â said RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Head Coach Mark Fierro. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am proud of the way they responded on offense, and also how Tyler and the defense kept them scoreless over the last two periods.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In previous weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s action the RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s squad picked up a tough win against Midstate Black, and lost a tough matchup against Midstate White.
RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 6 Midstate Black 4
RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s picked up a 6-4 win on home ice against visiting Midstate Black. The RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with goals from Nick Burnett, Mark Jones and Cammi Ahern.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The team really stepped it up early with the three goals and then played strong throughout the remaining periods,Ã¢â‚¬Â said RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Head Coach Mark Fierro.
RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s forward Jones had an answer for MidstateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scoring in the second and third period with three more goals. He also added an assist off of AhernÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first period score.
Katie Fierro, Anthony DiBlasi and Ahern also added assists in the victory.
Tyler Wallace picked up the win and recorded 21 saves.
Midstate White 4 RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2
Three third period goals by Midstate White was the difference in a recent matchup between RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and their visitors from Syracuse.
After Mark Jones scored at the 1:05 mark of the first period to tie the contest 1-1, Midstate scored three unanswered goals and held on for the win. Jones had one more goal at 5:26 of the third period to finish the scoring at 4-2.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was a tough matchup for our kids, but they had lost to the same team 7-1 earlier in the season, so there was a lot of improvement on both ends of the ice in this game,Ã¢â‚¬Â said RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Head Coach Mark Fierro.
According to Fierro, the team continues to be led by the combined efforts of Jones, Cullinan, Ahern, Stepien, DiBlasi, Wallace, Burnett, Fierro, Andrew Noyes, Evan Giocondo, Lucas Shepardson, Julia Roman, Bryson Bush, and Isaiah Raby.