By Rob Tetro
Scholastic hockey season has ended and the Fulton team and coach Todd Terpening are reflecting on what happened in 2014.
Terpening said his team struggled to close out games this season and ended with a 2-18-1 record. Despite its struggles, Fulton’s seniors refused to give up.
In the six or seven tight games the Red Raiders had this season, it was the efforts of their seniors which allowed Fulton opportunities to clinch wins.
Terpening said the determination his seniors showed this season made them positive role models for Fulton’s younger players
“I hope that the underclassmen can take from the Seniors is to never give up no matter how bad things may look!” Terpening said.
With the conclusion of the season, Fulton says goodbye to four seniors: Eric Forderkonz, Matt Billion, Seth Delisle and Brandon Ladd.
As Forderkonz, Billion, DeLisle and Ladd move on to the next stage of their lives, Terpening hopes they do so understanding the importance of being prepared to work hard with dedication, no matter what a situation presents them. He feels his four seniors showed up for every practice and game ready to leave it all on the ice.
Terpening said the work ethic these athletes have shown will benefit them down the road, whether it’s in college or in the workforce.
Despite the teams’ record, he also hopes that the experience of playing high school hockey was a positive one for his seniors.
This season, the Red Raiders overcame the adjustments that came with welcoming nine new players from three other school districts. However, Terpening said the future is bright for his relatively young team. In fact, he suggests that it may not be very long until his team is stronger and more unified.
“I am very excited about the team that we have returning next year!” Terpening said.
The nine players from three different school districts who joined the Fulton varsity hockey team this season are: Landon VanAlstine, Bryce Phillips and Nicholas Meyer from Red Creek; Stanley Kubis, Eric Forderkonz, Austin Forte, Rocco Cannata and Seth Cooney from Central Square; and Spencer Evans from Phoenix.