After posting just a 3-9 record in the regular season, the North Medford hockey team came alive in the playoffs over the weekend.
The Black Tornado fell shy, but with its highest finish in the program's nine-year history.
After topping South Medford 3-0 to advance to the Southern Oregon championship, North Medford found itself up against the league's best in the Willamette Wolfpack, which dealt the Black Tornado a 10-2 defeat at The RRRink on Sunday.
Dylan Wu scored both goals for the Black Tornado — the first was unassisted in the opening period and tied the match at 1 and the second was on a penalty shot in the second period, which trimmed the Wolfpack's lead to 3-2.
But it was too much of Willamette's Dominic Philip and Jalen Drath, who combined for seven of the team's 10 goals. Philip finished with four goals and Drath added a hat trick.
North Medford's Calvinn Casaday, who showed much improvement over the course of the season, stopped 61 of the 71 shots on a busy night for the freshman goalie.
North Medford 1 1 0 — 2
Willamette Wolfpack 1 4 5 — 10
NORTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Goalie Calvinn Casaday recorded a shutout for North Medford, propelling the Black Tornado into the Southern Oregon championship game at The RRRink.
Casaday stopped all 23 shots slapped in his direction and received late offensive help from his squad to seal the victory.
Michael Fthenakis scored in the second period on an assist from Eric Skogseth for the Black Tornado.
In the third period, North's Zach Lillman netted a goal on an assist from Wyatt Spence. Dylan Wu later scored on assists from from Lillman and Lizzie Jossie.
South Medford 0 0 0 — 0
North Medford 0 1 2 — 3