Bantams win tournament


The Fulton Bantam hockey team took first place in the Lysander Thanksgiving tournament. The Raiders won four of five games and pulled a 6-3 upset over Ontario’s Osgoode-Rideau. Pictured are coaches and members of the team.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by CVAC, B&T Sports, RJ Caruso Tax and Accounting, and the Blue Moon Grill, took first place in the Lysander Thanksgiving tournament.

Fulton 7, Valley 1: Robbie Carson opened the scoring for the Raiders late in the first period. Fulton’s Sarah Rice landed a shot from the point early in the second. Even Beckwith picked up a rebound from William Fruce to close the period.

The Raiders came on strong in the third stanza, first with a goal from Ethan Cimino, then one from Nolan Bonnie, Fruce assisting. Valley spoiled a shut-out mid period only for Cimino to respond with his second goal of the game, Michael Welch assisting. Bonnie netted a top shelf shot in the final minute to seal the win. Evan Burdick stopped 3 shots for the Raiders.

Fulton 5, Lysander 1: Beckwith stunned the Lightning with a goal in the first minute of play. Raider Seth Cooney netted the go-ahead goal with a backhand shot to close the period.  Fulton dominated the second stanza, first with Robbie Carson scoring on a breakaway, then with Beckwith landing an upper corner shot. Cimino scored number five for the Raiders, Nate Shaw assisting. Burdick turned aside 10 shots.

Fulton 2, Osgoode-Rideau 5: After a scoreless first period, the Senators lit up the scoreboard within the first minute of the second. Beckwith tied the game with a short-handed goal. Osgoode-Rideau took a one-goal lead at the close of the period.  The Senators came away with three more points in the third stanza before Beckwith netted his second goal of the game for Fulton. Burdick blocked 14 shots.

Fulton 4, Utica 1: Fruce started the Raiders off with a one-point lead in the first period, Nolan Bonnie assisting. Beckwith netted his 10th goal of the season, thanks to a pass from Fruce, early in the second period.  Cooney made good on an attempt made by Cimino before Fruce netted his second goal of the game, Beckwith assisting. Burdick tallied 15 saves for the Raiders.

Championship Game Fulton 6, Osgoode-Rideau 3: The Senators stunned the Raiders with a goal in the first minute of play. Beckwith brought the crowd to its feet with breakaway goal scored mid-first period.  At the start of the second period, Fulton’s Cimino picked up a rebound from Cooney to give his team a one-point edge. Beckwith then took a feed from Nate Shaw to make it a two-point game. Fulton’s Carson landed a shot after skating the puck in early in the third period.

Osgoode-Rideau narrowed the gap by one only for Beckwith to complete his hat trick with a top shelf shot. The Senators scored their third goal of the game before Carson sealed a win scoring his tenth of the season for the Raiders, accepting a pass from William Fruce and roofing the shot. Burdick was solid in net, turning aside 20 shots.

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