Sports

Blades open up season winning two of three games

The Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team got their season underway with three games played Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer

The Blades were right in every game, losing at Grand Forks 5-3 on Nov. 30, then winning two overtime thrillers at home over Fargo 3-2 and 4-3 on Dec. 1-2. The Blades are 2-1 on the season, and after hosting Northwood on Dec. 8, they will play in a junior gold jamboree in Crosby on Dec. 14-16.
In their first game of the weekend at Grand Forks, it was scoreless after one period when Andy Muhs drew first blood for the Blades with a goal assisted by Sid Ullyott and Hunter Feil. Grand Forks then scored two unanswered goals, which Langdon followed up with two of their own. Peyton Ullyott scored unassisted, then Feil tied the game at three with a score on a assist by Sid Ullyott. Grand Forks would score the last two goals of the game in the third period. Alex Gronhovd had 37 saves for the Blades, and the Stallions out-shot Langdon 42-32.
Coming home to play two games against Fargo, each game against the Freeze had a similar pattern. In the first game, Fargo scored a goal on a rare penalty shot in the first period and led 2-0 before the Blades came back with two goals, one tipped in by Kellen Roder and the other on a smash by Cooper Zimmer. Sid Ullyott had assists on both goals. Each team had several chances to pull ahead in the third period, but the game remained tied. There was around a 10 minute power outage which halted play in just over six minutes to go in the third. The Blades winning goal came on a stolen pass by Peyton Ullyott, who went the length of the ice and scored short handed. Gronhovd had 51 saves in the win.
In game two against Fargo the next day, there were 16 penalties totalled up by each team. This time Fargo would go up 3-0 with three first period goals. But again the Blades would reel them back in with two goals in the second period and one in the third from Feil, Zimmer and Michael Kartes. Peyton and Sid Ullyott each were credited with an assist. It was deja vu in the overtime session, as Peyton Ullyott would score the game winner again, this time on a power play assisted by Danny Muhs. It was the only power play goal in 16 tries combined for both teams. Alex Gronhovd stopped 49 shots to get the win again between the pipes.