• South Medford skates past Crater in key clash

  • South Medford used steady efforts late from Terrance Cheeseboro and Taylor Rose to move into first place in the Southern League hockey standings with a 5-4 win over Crater at The RRRink on Wednesday.

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  • South Medford used steady efforts late from Terrance Cheeseboro and Taylor Rose to move into first place in the Southern League hockey standings with a 5-4 win over Crater at The RRRink on Wednesday.
    The defending state champion Panthers had entered the match in a close battle for the top spot with the Comets but gained the edge after earning their second win in three meetings between the squads.
    South Medford built a 2-1 advantage through one period thanks to an unassisted goal by Jake Sexton and a goal by Denzel Mobley off a Stephen Weber assist. Crater's Daniel Gomez scored via an assist from Dustin Gomez.
    The teams traded goals in the second period, with Cheeseboro scoring off a Rose assist for South and Dustin Gomez scoring off a Daniel Gomez assist.
    In the pivotal third period, however, the Panthers built a 4-2 cushion when Cheeseboro again scored off a Rose assist with 71/2 minutes to play. J.R. Keyser scored for Crater two minutes later off a Jacob Asbeck assist to pull within one goal at 4-3, and the Comets pulled goalkeeper Alec Looman down the stretch in hopes of netting an equalizer.
    That strategy backfired, however, when Rose got the puck and slapped home an empty-net goal with 57 seconds left to push the Panthers back up 5-3. Undaunted, Crater was able to net a goal with seven seconds left when Asbeck scored an unassisted goal.
    Johnny Lines secured 37 saves for South Medford, while Looman had 25 saves for the Comets.
    South Medford 2 1 2 — 5
    Crater 1 1 2 — 4
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