Oswego, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association was in action recently in Rochester and Oswego.
The Bucs lost 4-3 against Rochester Amerks Blue Minor travel team at Bill Gray’s Ice Plex in Rochester, won and tied against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team (3-1 and 2-2), and then shutout Fulton at home 7-0.
Rochester Amerks Blue 4 Step One 3
In their lone loss over the past two weekends, the Step One Creative Peewees battled in Rochester against the Amerks Blue team. After Oswego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off a goal by Tyler Eckert from Nick Burnett, the Amerks Blue team scored four unanswered goals heading into the third period. Oswego would score the next two on goals by Christian Talamo and Monica Cahill, both coming off assists by Derek Morgia. Despite a flurry of shots late in the period by Oswego, the Amerks held off the Oswego team to capture the win.
Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 22 saves in the loss.
Step One 3 Rochester Amerks Red 1
On home ice at Crisafulli Rink, the Step One Creative Peewees played strong throughout against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team.
Eckert got the scoring started at 9:40 of the first period, and would later pick up an assist on one of two Morgia goals in the third.
Despite a number of shorthanded opportunities for the Amerks Red team, Oswego’s strong penalty killing and defense led by Cahill, Burnett, Brandon Graham, Drake Morgia, Bryson Bush, Jack Rice and Isaiah Raby helped with the win.
Wallace played strong in the net stopping 18 of the 19 shots.
“What a great effort,” said Step One Creative Peewee Head Coach Dave Morgia. “Tyler made some incredible stops in net, and all of our kids contributed in this win.”
Step One 2 Rochester Amerks Red 2
In the second game of the home and away series with the Amerks Red team, Oswego once again played strong, picking up a tie after being behind throughout most of the matchup.
After Derek Morgia picked up Step One Creative’s initial goal in the second period, Gavin Neuland scored late in the third period on a power play to secure the tie.
“This was a good, aggressive hockey game,” said Morgia. “I was proud of the way our players battled throughout and came back to get the tie.”
Step One 7 Fulton 0
After a scoreless first period against Fulton of the Snowbelt Hockey League, Step One Creative tallied three goals in the second and added another four in the final period to pick up the big win.
Wallace captured his first shutout of the season, playing strong and stopping all 15 Fulton shots.
Cahill got the Bucs on the board early in the second, and then assisted Morgia just minutes later to make it 2-0 Step One. Spencer Stepien then scored on a top shelf goal past the Fulton blocker at 10:11 of the period, off a feed from Neuland.
In the third period, Dylan Reitz delivered a slap shot from the blue line, off assists from Morgia and Neuland. Graham and Burnett would each follow with their own goals minutes later, before Morgia closed out the scoring off an assist from Reitz.
“It was a strong performance offensively for us with the seven goals,” said Morgia. “But the defense and the net minding were equally strong in the win.”
Step One Creative is now 3-2-1 on the season.
The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.