Crater routs South in SOL playoff opener
Tate Stevens saw the opportunity, then seized it by the throat.
Known more for his ferocious checking than scoring, Crater senior captain scored a pair of power play goals 47 seconds apart and then assisted on another tally as the fourth-seeded Comets scored five times in the third period to beat third-seeded South Medford 7-2 in the opening round of the Southern Oregon League playoffs at The RRRink on Friday night.
The Comets, who beat South Medford for the third time in four meetings this season, snapped the Panthers' league-high six-game winning streak. Crater went 4-for-7 on the power play, including three tallies with the man advantage in the third period.
Samantha Andrews had a goal and an assist and Andrew Phillips also scored for the Panthers. Dane Irving, who scored five goals in the teams' most recent meeting on Feb. 4, got just three shots and did not record a point.
Crater 1 1 5 — 7
South Medford 1 1 0 — 2
ASHLAND 7, KLAMATH FALLS 1 — Carley Santee, who had one goal in 15 regular season games, scored twice as the top-seeded Grizzlies beat the sixth-seeded Ice Hawks for the third time in a week.
League scoring champion Casey Skolnik had a hand in all seven Ashland goals, scoring twice and picking up five assists. Senior Josh McLaughlin had a goal and five assists for the defending league champion Grizzlies, who did not commit a single penalty in the game and went 2-for-4 on the power play. Santee became the first female player to score twice in the same game this season.
Keegan Healy and Sam Taylor also scored for Ashland.
Klamath Falls 0 1 0 — 1
Ashland 3 3 1 — 7
CHURCHILL 6, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — Jessie D'Agosta made 22 saves while Stefan Veach and Connor Tyman scored two goals apiece as the second-seeded Lancers beat the fifth-seeded Black Tornado for the fourth time in as many meetings this season.
North Medford was just 1-for-8 on the power play and unable to take advantage of 28 minutes in penalties against Churchill.
Philip Sipress and Alex Evans scored for the Black Tornado.
North Medford 0 1 1 — 2
Churchill 0 4 2 — 6