The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team continued its strong play recently against Thousand Islands and the Rochester Grizzlies.
Step One Creative lost 2-1 at the Alexandria Bay Ice Rink against Thousand Islands, and then captured an exciting 2-0 win at home against Rochester.
Step One is 10-3-2 on the season.
Thousand Islands 2 Step One Creative 1
In a great hockey game at both ends of the ice, Thousand Islands came out on top 2-1, holding off a late rally from the Oswego team.
Thousand Islands held a 2-0 lead into the third period before Step One Creative forward Derek Morgia took a pass from Ryan Moshier and navigated full ice through the Pirate defense to pick up the lone goal.
Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace had 20 saves in the close contest.
Step One Creative Peewees 2 Rochester Grizzlies 0
The following day on home ice at Cullinan Ice Rink, Step One Creative squared off against the Rochester Grizzlies, in what would turn out to be another close and hard fought game.
Step One Creative and Rochester would combine for 15 penalties in the contest, with both teams having multiple two-man advantage opportunities in the game.
After both teams battled through a scoreless first and second period, Step One Creative forward Spencer Stepien scored what would be the eventual game winner off a feed from Brandon Graham.
After a scramble in front of the Rochester net minder, Stepien scored on a backhand to make it 1-0.
The Bucs would add another goal with just seconds remaining in the game, when defenseman Dylan Reitz scored on an empty netter from nearly full ice to secure the win. Rochester had pulled their goalie and had a 6-on-3 advantage just before Step One put the game away.
Wallace had 13 saves in the win, and Step One had 28 shots on net.
“These were two outstanding hockey games for our team,” said Step One Creative Assistant Coach Bill Cahill. “We matched up very well with both opponents.”
“After losing a tough one to Thousand Islands, our kids came out and battled at home against Rochester, and took advantage of some opportunities in third period to get the win,” he added.
The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham and Rob Raby.
Game results and schedule are available online at www.eteamz.com/peeweebucs.