Blades Babes repeat as State Champs!

Langdon’s girls’ hockey team ended their season with a bang–bringing home A2 state championship hardware for the second consecutive year.

40-Girls Stae Hockey 3-2-14 4022

Posted on 3/8/14

By Lynn McGauvran

After a fairly successful season the Blades entered the 19U girls tournament as the 9th seed overall, giving them the top spot in the A2 bracket.

Pool play began Friday morning, Feb. 28, in Fargo, and matched the Langdon Blades with the Breckinridge/Wahpeton Blades. Opening play was competitive and nearly half of the first period had ticked away, when Langdon’s Renae McGauvran netted the first goal for her team, on an assist from Kiri Kaste. The Blades Babes were playing well, passing and shooting, and were rewarded with another goal when Kami Kay Christianson sent the puck in front of the net to Jordyn Ullyott, who swatted it past the B/W goaltender. Langdon continued their aggressive play and Kaste earned a shorthanded goal shortly after. With time winding down in the period, Christianson (Brynn Fischer) tallied another Langdon score, as well as Kaste (unassisted). Second period play opened with McGauvran and Kaste teaming up again for a goal. Kaste put in another unassisted score, then the B/W Blades rallied a bit to avoid a shutout and got two goals to end the period. B/W continued their pressure as the third period got underway and added to their score, then Brynn Fisher put in Langdon’s 8th and final goal of the game, unassisted. Near the end of the game, the B/W Blades netted their final two goals, both on power plays, but Langdon came away with the win in the battle of Blades v. Blades. Final score: Langdon 8, B/W 5. In the net for Langdon, Skylee Hoffarth turned away 38 shots.

Friday evenings contest for the Blades had them facing off against the Walsh County Warriors from Park River. The Langdon girls were dominant in the game, putting 65 shots on the opposing goaltender, while allowing just six shots through for their own goalie, Skylee Hoffarth, to save. Scoring for the Blades in the first period: Renae McGauvran (Kami Kay Christianson) on the power play, Paige Gellner (Brayden Pengilly), McGauvran (Kiri Kaste), Christianson (unassisted), and Brynn Fischer (Christianson, Jordyn Ullyott) on the power play. Second period scoring: Kaste (McGauvran), McGauvran (unassisted), Ullyott (Christianson, Fischer), Kaste (Jessi Gellner) shorthanded, Fischer (Kaste) and Christianson (Ullyott, Pengilly). Third period scoring: Kaste (unassisted), Pengilly (Fischer) and Fisher (unassisted), for a 15-0 win.

The two Friday wins for the Blades made them the winner of Pool A, which paired them up with the 2nd place team from Pool B, the Miles City, Mont., Lady Generals, for a late afternoon game on Saturday. The winner would earn a spot in Sunday’s championship game. The play went back and forth with neither team gaining the advantage. With five minutes to go in the first period, Langdon’s Brynn Fischer sent the puck in the net for the Blades, for an unassisted goal. Kristy Mondor, on an assist from Brayden Pengilly, followed with a goal a minute later. As the period wound down, Miles City scored to cut the Blades’ lead in half. Langdon’s Paige Gellner (Jordyn Ullyott, Renae McGauvran) gave the Blades a little breathing room with her goal, the only one in the second period. Neither side was able to score in the third period until the final 25 seconds, with a Langdon player in the penalty box, Miles City pulled their goalie to put out an extra attacker. Brynn Fischer gained possession of the puck in the Langdon end, and sailed it down the ice into the empty net for the short handed goal. Final score in the semi-final win: Langdon 4, Miles City 1. Skylee Hoffarth stopped 55 of the 56 shots she faced in the net.

To claim the A2 championship, the Blades would have to defeat the May-Port Ice Dawgs, something they had already done twice in the regular season. The heated matchup began with scoreless play until late in the first period. Kiri Kaste (Jordyn Ullyott) put in the first Blades goal, then another just 30 seconds later, when the May-Port goaltender bobbled the puck. Emily Kelm assisted on the play. The Blades put 25 shots on goal in the second period, but were shut down each time, and neither side added to their scores. Mid-way through the third period, Brynn Fischer (Kiri Kaste) found the back of the net to pad the Langdon lead. The final goal of the game came on a shorthanded effort, and was helped along by a miscommunication from the May-Port bench as they tried to pull their goalie, leaving the net nearly wide open for Kami Kay Christianson to gain control of the puck and dump it in. The Blades celebrated their shutout championship win with a final score of 4-0. Netminder Skylee Hoffarth had an outstanding game and stopped all 29 shots thrown at her from the opposing team.

After the game, the following players were recognized for their efforts in the tournament: Zero Club patch for two shutout games for goaltender Skylee Hoffarth; Hat trick patches for Renae McGauvran, Kiri Kaste (2), and Brynn Fischer; Playmaker patch for three assists in a game for Kami Kay Christianson. Brynn Fischer was selected for All-State Team honors, which was voted on by all coaches in the 19U league. Congratulations Langdon Blades Babes on a great season and another championship!