South downs Crater in overtime

Bobby Ruddel scored the game winner in overtime to lift South Medford past Crater 6-5 in the Southern League prep hockey playoffs Saturday at The RRRink.

Ruddel tallied on a power play with just 31 seconds remaining in the extra period.

Ruddel accounted for the game's first goal on an assist from Ryan Lund at 12:37 of the opening period.

Daniel Gomez had a pair of goals for Crater, which suffered its first loss in the double-elimination playoffs.

Andrew Phillips had two goals for South Medford and Preston Carney picked up one goal and an assist. Brandon Punsuk also scored for the Panthers.

Crater received goals from Dustin Gomez, Jerin Dinkins and Thomas Gamble. Bryce Crawford had two assists for the Comets.

South goalkeeper Brandon Andrews had 12 saves, while Alec Looman and Derek Baker combined for 35 saves in net for the Comets.

The playoffs continue today at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The RRRink.

South Medford 3 1 1 1 — 6

Crater 2 2 1 0 — 5

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