Submitted by Anna Clarke
The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and B&T Sports, topped Mohawk Valley 5-2 in its recent sectional tournament to advance to the Tier III 18U State Championships.
The team also fell to Cortland 2-3 and Valley 1-2. Here is a recap of the tournament:
Fulton 2, Cortland 3
The Flames dominated early in the game, scoring three times by the end of period one. After a scoreless second period, Raider Nick Meyer took a feed from Matt Billion and netted one from the top of the circle.
With less than a minute on the clock, A.J. Pendell sent the puck over the goalie’s pad, Trae Sheldon assisting.
Keegan Murphy stopped 36 shots in net for Fulton
Fulton 1, Valley 2
Following a scoreless first period, Fulton’s Cameron Clarke scored with a backhand shot, thanks to a passing play between Will Fruce and Kaiden Hotchkiss.
Valley responded with one of their own, to tie. Valley’s goal early in the third stanza was the game winner, handing the Raiders their second one point loss of the tournament.
Murphy turned aside 26 shots for the Raiders.
Fulton 5, Mohawk Valley 2
Adam Croteau lit up the scoreboard for Fulton, skating the puck in and netting it unassisted. The Raiders ended the second stanza with a three-point lead, first with Bryce Knight landing a shot, Sheldon and Croteau assisting, then with Croteau making good on Ryan Ross’s rebound.
Mohawk Valley narrowed the gap by one at the start of the third. Fulton’s Pendell responded with a goal scored on an end to end rush.
Mohawk Valley added one more point before Pendell tallied his third goal of the tournament, Sheldon and Croteau credited with the assist.
Murphy made 38 stops in net for Fulton.
The Fulton Midget hockey team will compete against the Louisville, Great Neck and Mohawk Valley18U teams in the New York State Midget Championships in Amherst March 14-16.