OSWEGO, NY – The Step One Creative Peewee Red hockey team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association picked up wins over Cortland, Center State, and Rome this past week, and also recently battled to a second-place finish at the annual Mark Mowers Tournament held in Whitestown.
Step One Creative has an overall record of 27-6-2, and concluded its regular season in the Snowbelt League Peewee Red Division with a 12-3-1 record.
“It’s been a very strong stretch of games for our team, and a great overall season,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Frank Brosch. “Our coaches are very proud of the strong effort our players put out game after game.”
Step One Creative Peewees 8 Cortland 0
On the road against Cortland, the Step One Bucs jumped out with three goals in the first period, and then added five more in the second and third to easily take this non-league matchup 8-0.
Spencer Stepien scored just seconds into the game to set off the offensive attack, followed by goals from Cole Cullinan, Lukas Cady (2), Bryson Bush, Keith Vivlamore, Aidan Taylor, and Noah Delaney. Oswego assists came from Cady (2), Vivlamore, Joe DiBlasi, and Patrick Galvin.
Oswego Goalie Hunter Lawton picked up the shutout win and registered 8 saves in the contest.
Step One Creative Peewees 5 Center State 2
At Crisafulli Rink against visiting Center State, the Step One Creative Peewees, took a 1-0 lead off a Delaney goal into the second period, before adding four more goals to win this Snowbelt League game 5-2.
Providing the offense for the Bucs was Stepien with 2 goals and an assist, Vivlamore with 1 goal and an assist, Delaney 1 goal, Taylor 1 goal, DiBlasi 2 assists, and Bush 1 assist.
Lawton stopped 15 shots in the win.
Step One Creative Peewees 4 Rome 0
After a scoreless first period against the visiting Rome Grizzlies, the Step One Creative Bucs picked up an unassisted goal from Cady and then a three-goal hat trick from Vivlamore to pick up the 4-0 win in their Snowbelt League matchup.
Tyler May, Galvin and Delaney assisted on the Vivlamore goals.
Step One Creative’s Lawton picked up his 13th shutout win of the season in net, while registering 29 saves.
Whitestown 2 Step One Creative Peewees 1
In the opening preliminary round game of the annual Whitestown “Mark Mowers” Tournament, Oswego faced off against the hometown Whitestown Wolfpack, and lost 2-1 in the matchup.
Oswego’s Delaney picked up the unassisted goal for Step One, and Lawton had 25 saves in the tourney opening loss.
Step One Creative Peewees 3 Syracuse Blazers 0
After Step One Creative and the Syracuse Blazers went scoreless in the first period, Delaney scored off a feed from Stepien at 4:50 of the second period to put the Bucs up 1- 0.
Two more goals in the third, from Vivlamore and Marcus Baker added to the Oswego scoring and 3-0 win. Delaney picked up an assist.
Oswego had 35 shots on net, while Oswego’s Lawton stopped 17 for the shutout win.
Step One Creative Peewees 4 Elmira 3
In a rematch against Elmira from earlier in the season, in which the Step One Peewees fell 4-1, this second matchup turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the season.
After Oswego jumped out to a 1-0 lead just minutes into the game on a Stepien breakaway goal, the Elmira Jackals responded with three unanswered tallies to take a 3-1 lead into the second period.
The Bucs picked up a goal from DiBlasi at 3:23 with a shot from in front of the net to close the gap to 3-2, before a dramatic comeback from Step One Creative took hold in the third period. Stepien scored on the Elmira net minder with five minutes remaining in the game off of a feed from Baker and Bush to notch it a 3-3.
With just 2:19 left in the matchup, Stepien delivered a shot from the side of the net that hit the far post, dropping the puck in front of the net. With the Elmira goalie out of the play, an Elmira defenseman covered the puck in the crease, which in turn was a penalty, and an automatic penalty shot for the Step One team.
Oswego’s Baker, who was closest to the puck at the time, was provided the penalty shot, and scored on a backhand move to put the Bucs up 4-3. After numerous saves by Lawton in the final two minutes, the Bucs got the comeback win, and advanced to the championship against Whitestown.
Whitestown 3 Step One Creative Peewees 2 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
In the Whitestown Tournament Championship, Oswego once again faced off against the hometown Wolfpack.
After falling behind 1-0 early, Oswego’s Vivlamore answered unassisted in the second to make it 1-1.
Whitestown scored at 3:16 of the second and took their 2-1 lead going into the third, before Oswego’s Delaney found the net, off a feed from May.
Despite chances by both teams in the closing minutes of the regulation time, the teams could not score, and the game went to overtime where Whitestown scored two minutes into the extra session to win 3-2 and take the championship.
Lawton had 25 saves in the game.
The Step One Creative Peewees will close out their 2014-15 season in the coming weeks with non-league game matchups, as well as the Snowbelt League JAM Tournament and Pot O’ Gold Tournament in Woodstock, Vermont.
The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Frank Brosch, and Assistants Andy DiBlasi, Pete Cullinan, and Phil Cady.