By Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity hockey team is still searching for its first win of the season.
However, Fulton enters 2014 playing its most competitive hockey of the season. On Dec. 19, Syracuse escaped with a hard fought win over the Red Raiders 5-4 while Auburn held off Fulton 2-1 on Dec. 30.
In the Syracuse game, Fulton had a 1-goal lead after the first period. The Red Raiders maintained a 1 goal lead at 3-2 following an evenly played second period.
Syracuse then stormed ahead during the third period, scoring 2 unanswered goals down the stretch to hold off Fulton.
Leading the way for Fulton were Matt Billion, Austin Forte, Stan Kubis and Kris Grow with a goal each. Trae Sheldon had 2 assists and Nick Meyer, Bryce Knight and Ryan Ross had an assist each. Goalie Brandon Ladd is credited with 41 saves.
In the Auburn game, the Red Raiders trailed by just a goal after a competitive first period. Fulton then answered back during the second period and the game was tied at 1 headed into the final period.
Auburn then scored a goal down the stretch to escape with a 2-1 win.
Fulton was led by Ryan Ross with a goal that was assisted by Cameron Clark. Goalie Landon VanAlstine saved 30 shots.