OSWEGO, New York – The RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s B Mites captured a decisive 7-3 win over Lysander this past weekend at Cullinan Ice Rink in Oswego.
According to RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Head Coach Mark Fierro the team played strong offensively throughout the game, but it was the defense, led by Goalie Cole Cullinan, that made the difference.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our kids really stepped it up on the defensive end,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Fierro. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They really limited LysanderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opportunities by getting back and playing aggressive on that side of the ice.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And, Cole made some key saves that helped us secure the win.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Cullinan finished with 11 saves in the win.
On the offensive end, Evan Giocondo started the scoring for RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at the 8:47 mark of the first period off an assist from Mark Jones.
RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scored again at the end of the first on a short-handed goal by Andrew Noyes, and then again in the second period on two goals by Jones.
Lysander tightened the game to 4-3 with a couple of goals in the second period, but RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scored three more in the third with Jones scoring twice and Tyler Wallace adding one. Julia Roman, Spencer Stepien, and Lucas Shepardson added assists.
According to Fierro, the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strong efforts were led by Cullinan, Jones, Noyes, Giocondo, Wallace, Stepien, Shepardson, Roman, Bryson Bush, Nick Burnett, Anthony DiBlasi, Isaiah Raby, and Katie Fierro.