Submitted by Anna Clarke
The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows and Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, claimed the championship in the Salmon River Invitational Tournament, shutting out Oswego 4-0 in the title game.
Tyler Samson, Seth Cooney and Evan Beckwith scored hat tricks in the tournament while Beckwith and Nate Shaw were named playmakers for the Raiders.
Fulton 7, Salmon River 7
Raider Seth Cooney deked the goalie to open scoring before the Storm responded with four goals to take the lead at the close of the first period.
Tyler Samson took a feed from C.J. Hyland to narrow the gap for Fulton. Raider Evan Beckwith closed the second stanza accepting a pass from Zach Tulowiecki and netting an upper corner shot.
Cooney scored the equalizer, Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie assisting, before Salmon River scored two in a row to take the lead.
The Raiders scored twice to draw even, first with Samson netting a shot on his backhand, Beckwith assisting, then Beckwith scoring thanks to a behind the net passing play between Nick Dingman and Cooney.
The Storm added a goal to put them ahead only for Samson to complete his hat trick and tie the game, Beckwith assisting, with :20 on the clock.
Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 11 shots for the Raiders.
Fulton 4, Oswego 2
After a scoreless first period, Beckwith scored three in a row for a hat trick, Samson and Cooney credited with assists. Late in the third period, Bonnie netted a top shelf shot on a breakaway.
With less than a minute on the clock, the Buccs scored twice to spoil a shut out.
Bleiweiss tallied 27 saves for the Raiders.
Fulton 9, Corning 2
Corning scored to open the first period. Cooney responded with the equalizer, accepting a pass in front of the net from Beckwith.
Soon after, Beckwith skated the puck in on a breakaway and netted one of his own before Cooney netted two more in a row assisted by Nate Shaw to complete his hat trick. Beckwith sent the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder to close the period, Caleb Clarke and Richie King assisting.
In the second stanza, Will Rattray took a feed from Beckwith to score a short-handed goal with a slap shot.
The Raiders continued to dominate in period three, first with Bonnie blowing the puck in over the goalie’s shoulder, King assisting, then with Cooney scoring two more goals for the Raiders, Beckwith assisting two and Shaw one earning playmakers for both players. The Hurricanes closed the game with their second and final goal.
Bleiweiss saved 6 shots for Fulton
Championship, Fulton 4, Oswego 0
Following a scoreless first period, Samson accepted a pass from Rattray and sent the puck in from the boards. Later, Rattray took advantage of a scramble in front of the net to make it a two point game, Cooney assisting.
Hyland sent a cross-ice pass to Beckwith who skated the puck in and netted it to close the period. Late in the third stanza, Shaw sealed the championship win for Fulton with a shot from the blue line assisted by Cooney.
Bleiweiss registered his second shut out of the season, blocking 23 shots in net for the Raiders.
The team is led by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.