The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured wins over Auburn and Ithaca in recent action, a week after losing their first Snowbelt League game against Watertown. Pictured is Oswego’s Cole Cullinan, who scored a goal and had two assists against Auburn.

Squirts capture league wins

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The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured wins over Auburn and Ithaca in recent action, a week after losing their first Snowbelt League game against Watertown. Pictured is Oswego’s Cole Cullinan, who scored a goal and had two assists against Auburn.

The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured wins over Auburn and Ithaca in recent action, a week after losing its first Snowbelt League game against Watertown.

Oswego is now 3-1 in the Snowbelt League and 3-2 overall.

In its 5-3 loss to Watertown at Crisafulli Rink, Oswego got off to a slow start in the first period as the Rapids took an early 2-0 lead.

The visitors would add one more in the second period, before Oswego’s Aidan Taylor found the net at the 7:13 mark. Oswego’s Joe Palmer then put away his first goal of the season, off an assist from Spencer Stepien, before Taylor scored again at 4:44 of the third to tie the game.

Watertown added two more quick goals shortly thereafter to take the win.

Oswego Goalie Ethan Rando recorded 25 saves in net.

The Bucs traveled to Auburn and Ithaca the following weekend and picked up two wins over their Snowbelt opponents.

In the Auburn game at Casey Park, Oswego jumped out early, scoring seven goals in the first period. Alex Vescio, Stepien (2), Taylor (3) and Derek Sabatini each scored to spark the Oswego run. Cole Cullinan and Billy Waterbury added assists in the first period.

Oswego would add three more goals in the second, when Cullinan, Vescio and Taylor once again found the net to make it 10-0. Oswego capped off its scoring in the third when Brandon Demling netted his first of the day. Auburn would add their lone goal late in the game to make the score final at 11-1 Oswego.

“The team played very strong on offense, but equally strong on defense,” said Taylor. “The kids really overmatched the Auburn team, and I was proud of how they responded to their loss against Watertown.”

The Squirt 1 team traveled to The Rink at Ithaca the following day and won 6-3 in the away matchup.

Stepien got the Bucs off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first minute when he scored off the initial faceoff and again just seconds later on a wrap around goal against the Ithaca net minder.

Taylor scored the next two goals for the Bucs, before Ithaca responded with two of its own to make it 4-2 Oswego. Taylor and Brandon Demling would add two more in the third period and Ithaca finished out the scoring at 7:52 of the period to make it 6-3 Oswego.

Oswego Goalie Ethan Rando had 9 saves in securing his third win of the season.

According to Taylor, the team has also been led by the strong play of Bryson Bush, JJ Harter, Tyler May, and Alex Thorpe.

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