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Fulton Bantam hockey team goalie Evan Burdick makes a glove save during a recent game. Burdick shut-out both Lysander 1 and Lysander 2 in a pair of 4-0 wins this weekend.

Evan Burdick records two shutouts for Fulton Bantams

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Fulton Bantam hockey team goalie Evan Burdick makes a glove save during a recent game. Burdick shut-out both Lysander 1 and Lysander 2 in a pair of 4-0 wins this weekend.

Evan Burdick, goalie for the Fulton Bantams, tallied 40 saves this weekend, shutting out both Lysander 1 and Lysander 2. The Raiders topped both teams 4-0.

On home ice against Lysander 2, Fulton forward Evan Beckwith scored twice unassisted at the start of the first period.

Raider Nolan Bonnie picked up a rebound from Beckwith, William Fruce assisting, to give his team a three-point lead.

Beckwith completed his hat trick in the second period with Bonnie and Fruce assisting on the play. Burdick stopped 23 shots in net.

On the road versus Lysander 1, Fruce opened scoring with a slap shot in the slot, his fifth goal of the season, thanks to a passing play between Bonnie and Beckwith.

Beckwith netted one of his own, Bonnie and Fruce assisting before Robbie Carson accepted a pass from Fruce and landed an upper corner shot.

Beckwith secured a win for the Raiders in the third period, skating the puck in from the blue line and sending it over the goalie’s blocker.

Burdick blocked 17 attempts for Fulton.

The Fulton Bantams are sponsored by CVAC, The Blue Moon Grill, RJ Caruso Tax and Accounting, and B&T Sports.

Oswego Squirt 1 forward Spencer Stepien (91) battles for the puck with Oswego Squirt 2 defenseman Joe DiBlasi as Marcus Baker looks on. Oswego Squirt 2 won the hometown Snowbelt matchup 6-5. Stepien had a hat trick in the game and Baker a goal and an assist.

Oswego teams battle in hometown rivalry contest

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Oswego Squirt 1 forward Spencer Stepien (91) battles for the puck with Oswego Squirt 2 defenseman Joe DiBlasi as Marcus Baker looks on. Oswego Squirt 2 won the hometown Snowbelt matchup 6-5. Stepien had a hat trick in the game and Baker a goal and an assist.

In a match-up of Oswego Squirts, the Oswego Squirt 2 hockey team scored with 4:56 remaining in the third period to defeat their hometown rival Oswego 1 team 6-5 in recent Snowbelt League action.

Spencer Stepien led all scorers with a hat trick for the Oswego 1 team while Lucas Cady paced the Oswego 2 squad with a goal and two assists.  Both Oswego teams jumped out early in the first period, scoring a combined five goals between them. Oswego 1 forward Aidan Taylor scored an unassisted goal at 9:46 of the first, just seconds before Aiden Caroccio and Jack Anzalone tallied their own goals off assists from Marcus Baker and Cady for Oswego 2.

Baker would follow with his own goal at the 4:00 mark, before Stepien notched the first of his three goals to make it 3-2 Oswego 2 after one period.

The Oswego 2 team would take a commanding 5-2 lead early in the second period, when Tommy Back scored on a breakaway, and then Jack Rice found the net, off passes from Cady and Anzalone. The Oswego 1 Bucs would not go quietly, however, scoring the next three goals of the game to tie it at 5-5. Stepien slid a backhand from behind the net past goalie Hunter Lawton and then scored again from just inside the blue line at 7:44 of the third.

Oswego 1 defenseman Tyler May would score later on a breakaway goal of his own to make it five goals apiece.  The tie would be short lived, however, as Oswego 2’s Cady rushed the puck up the ice at 4:56 of the final period, scoring the game-winner past Rando.

Fulton hockey team falls to Skaneateles in season opener

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team lost to Skaneateles in its season opener Wednesday.

Skaneateles set the tone for the game during the game’s opening period. The Lakers scored two quick goals en route to a 4-0 win over the Red Raiders.

During the first period, Skaneateles jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Lakers added two more goals during the third period which capped off the four-goal win.

Fulton goalie Brandon Ladd stopped 35 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders have little time to hang their heads following their opening night loss. Fulton gets back to action today with a road game against New Hartford at 1 p.m.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

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Seniors to lead Fulton girls basketball team this season

Fulton girlsby Rob Tetro

When Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons speaks of the goals his team has for the upcoming season, he breaks them down into three categories.

First, the coach hopes that the Lady Raiders understand the importance of performing at a high level in every aspect of their practices.

Once they reach a certain level of effort in practice, their next goal is to reach even higher levels of effort during the next practice.

Lyons’ team is preparing to translate determination in practice into successful outcomes in games with the ultimate goal of qualifying for sectional play.

Fulton will feature a combination of experienced players and newer players. The Lady Raiders will be led by five seniors who return from last year’s team.

Michelle Gorea, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Sydney Plato and Cheyenne Brien return with multiple years of varsity experience under their belts.

Sophomores Michaela Whiteman and Taylor Duda and eighth grader Nichole Hansen are preparing to make their debuts at the varsity level.

According to Lyons, his players also understand the importance of maintaining solid physical conditioning.

Lyons considers his five returning seniors to be informal captains. He will expect them to serve as leadership figures especially for the three newcomers to the team.

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Phoenix indoor track team to feature new faces this season

by Rob Tetro

Phoenix girls varsity indoor track and field coach Andy Lewis will be leading 20 athletes this season, which is a few more athletes compared to a year ago. Overall, Phoenix is a young team which will feature only one senior.

Lewis added that there are many freshmen on the team this season who are learning about indoor track for the first time. Despite the inexperience his team has in certain areas, Lewis expects his team as a whole to improve this season.

Learning and development will be common goals for the Lady Firebirds this season. The team’s biggest goal of the season is becoming a more competitive team compared to last season’s team. Lewis suggested that his athletes can achieve its biggest goal by showing the development that they need to show throughout the season.

At this point in the season, Lewis said his team’s overall conditioning has met his expectations.

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The Fulton Bantam hockey team took first place in the Lysander Thanksgiving tournament. The Raiders won four of five games and pulled a 6-3 upset over Ontario’s Osgoode-Rideau. Pictured are coaches and members of the team.

Bantams win tournament

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The Fulton Bantam hockey team took first place in the Lysander Thanksgiving tournament. The Raiders won four of five games and pulled a 6-3 upset over Ontario’s Osgoode-Rideau. Pictured are coaches and members of the team.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by CVAC, B&T Sports, RJ Caruso Tax and Accounting, and the Blue Moon Grill, took first place in the Lysander Thanksgiving tournament.

Fulton 7, Valley 1: Robbie Carson opened the scoring for the Raiders late in the first period. Fulton’s Sarah Rice landed a shot from the point early in the second. Even Beckwith picked up a rebound from William Fruce to close the period.

The Raiders came on strong in the third stanza, first with a goal from Ethan Cimino, then one from Nolan Bonnie, Fruce assisting. Valley spoiled a shut-out mid period only for Cimino to respond with his second goal of the game, Michael Welch assisting. Bonnie netted a top shelf shot in the final minute to seal the win. Evan Burdick stopped 3 shots for the Raiders.

Fulton 5, Lysander 1: Beckwith stunned the Lightning with a goal in the first minute of play. Raider Seth Cooney netted the go-ahead goal with a backhand shot to close the period.  Fulton dominated the second stanza, first with Robbie Carson scoring on a breakaway, then with Beckwith landing an upper corner shot. Cimino scored number five for the Raiders, Nate Shaw assisting. Burdick turned aside 10 shots.

Fulton 2, Osgoode-Rideau 5: After a scoreless first period, the Senators lit up the scoreboard within the first minute of the second. Beckwith tied the game with a short-handed goal. Osgoode-Rideau took a one-goal lead at the close of the period.  The Senators came away with three more points in the third stanza before Beckwith netted his second goal of the game for Fulton. Burdick blocked 14 shots.

Fulton 4, Utica 1: Fruce started the Raiders off with a one-point lead in the first period, Nolan Bonnie assisting. Beckwith netted his 10th goal of the season, thanks to a pass from Fruce, early in the second period.  Cooney made good on an attempt made by Cimino before Fruce netted his second goal of the game, Beckwith assisting. Burdick tallied 15 saves for the Raiders.

Championship Game Fulton 6, Osgoode-Rideau 3: The Senators stunned the Raiders with a goal in the first minute of play. Beckwith brought the crowd to its feet with breakaway goal scored mid-first period.  At the start of the second period, Fulton’s Cimino picked up a rebound from Cooney to give his team a one-point edge. Beckwith then took a feed from Nate Shaw to make it a two-point game. Fulton’s Carson landed a shot after skating the puck in early in the third period.

Osgoode-Rideau narrowed the gap by one only for Beckwith to complete his hat trick with a top shelf shot. The Senators scored their third goal of the game before Carson sealed a win scoring his tenth of the season for the Raiders, accepting a pass from William Fruce and roofing the shot. Burdick was solid in net, turning aside 20 shots.

Todd Terpening to guide Fulton varsity hockey team

The Fulton varsity hockey team will be led by a different coaching staff this season. New coach Todd Terpening will be joined by Jason Heindorf for what they consider to be a rebuilding season of sorts. The goals the team has for the season are simple. Players want to go about the season one game at a time while working hard to come together as a cohesive unit.

How hard the team works will dictate how much success it will have on the ice this season, said Terpening.

According to Terpening, the Red Raiders will feature a younger team this season. Fulton lost seven players to graduation from last year’s team and will feature only two returning seniors.

Terpening pointed out that the team won’t have as many players as it did last season, which means every player will have to be in physical condition.

However, like anything else associated with this team, the players are expected to work hard to be in the best shape possible. Looking ahead to the schedule that awaits the Red Raiders, they will face the challenge of taking on some of the great teams that are in their division.

by Rob Tetro

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The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured wins over Auburn and Ithaca in recent action, a week after losing their first Snowbelt League game against Watertown. Pictured is Oswego’s Cole Cullinan, who scored a goal and had two assists against Auburn.

Squirts capture league wins

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The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured wins over Auburn and Ithaca in recent action, a week after losing their first Snowbelt League game against Watertown. Pictured is Oswego’s Cole Cullinan, who scored a goal and had two assists against Auburn.

The Oswego Squirt 1 hockey team captured wins over Auburn and Ithaca in recent action, a week after losing its first Snowbelt League game against Watertown.

Oswego is now 3-1 in the Snowbelt League and 3-2 overall.

In its 5-3 loss to Watertown at Crisafulli Rink, Oswego got off to a slow start in the first period as the Rapids took an early 2-0 lead.

The visitors would add one more in the second period, before Oswego’s Aidan Taylor found the net at the 7:13 mark. Oswego’s Joe Palmer then put away his first goal of the season, off an assist from Spencer Stepien, before Taylor scored again at 4:44 of the third to tie the game.

Watertown added two more quick goals shortly thereafter to take the win.

Oswego Goalie Ethan Rando recorded 25 saves in net.

The Bucs traveled to Auburn and Ithaca the following weekend and picked up two wins over their Snowbelt opponents.

In the Auburn game at Casey Park, Oswego jumped out early, scoring seven goals in the first period. Alex Vescio, Stepien (2), Taylor (3) and Derek Sabatini each scored to spark the Oswego run. Cole Cullinan and Billy Waterbury added assists in the first period.

Oswego would add three more goals in the second, when Cullinan, Vescio and Taylor once again found the net to make it 10-0. Oswego capped off its scoring in the third when Brandon Demling netted his first of the day. Auburn would add their lone goal late in the game to make the score final at 11-1 Oswego.

“The team played very strong on offense, but equally strong on defense,” said Taylor. “The kids really overmatched the Auburn team, and I was proud of how they responded to their loss against Watertown.”

The Squirt 1 team traveled to The Rink at Ithaca the following day and won 6-3 in the away matchup.

Stepien got the Bucs off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first minute when he scored off the initial faceoff and again just seconds later on a wrap around goal against the Ithaca net minder.

Taylor scored the next two goals for the Bucs, before Ithaca responded with two of its own to make it 4-2 Oswego. Taylor and Brandon Demling would add two more in the third period and Ithaca finished out the scoring at 7:52 of the period to make it 6-3 Oswego.

Oswego Goalie Ethan Rando had 9 saves in securing his third win of the season.

According to Taylor, the team has also been led by the strong play of Bryson Bush, JJ Harter, Tyler May, and Alex Thorpe.