It had been just over a month since the Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team played a North Dakota league game, but they got three of them in on a western road swing at Richland, Watford City and Crosby January 18-20.
By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer
The Blades lost to the Rangers 10-7, were beaten by the Oilers 11-2, then salvaged the last game of the trip beating Crosby 7-4. Langdon’s record is now 7-3 in conference games, which puts them in second place behind Grand Forks and tied with Watford City. After having three home games versus Watford City, Grand Forks and Northwood January 25-27, the Blades will continue their home stand hosting Crosby on February 1 and Richland February 2.
In their two losses out west, the Blades fell behind early in each game. Richland scored the first goals of that contest before the Blades would get on the board with a score from Peyton Ullyott, assisted by Sid Ullyott and Michael Kartes. After the Rangers scored another goal, Langdon would come back with two of their own to make it 5-3 with Isak Dease and Sid Ullyott scoring on assists from Sid Ullyott and two from Kellen Roder. But Kyler Garsjo, the leading scorer in North Dakota junior gold hockey, would score two of his six goals to end the second and give his team a four goal lead after two periods. The Blades would make one more run at it the third, scoring the first three goals with two scores from Peyton Ullyott and one from Dease to make the score 7-6. But, again, the Rangers answered with two goals to put the game away, although Dease would get one more goal assisted by Peyton Ullyott. Blades starting goalie Alex Gronhovd had to have appendix surgery, so Logan Harder played all weekend in net and had 45 saves.
In their next game at Watford City, the Blades gave up six unanswered goals to the Oilers before Peyton Ullyott got Langdon on the board with an assist by Andy Muhs. Watford City kept pouring it on and won by nine. Sid Ullyott got the only other goal for Langdon on an assist by Peyton Ullyott. Harder had 20 saves in the game.
Things would finally get better for Langdon in the third game of their road trip at Crosby. The Blades would score the first two goals as Sid Ullyott and Tanner Olson lit the lamp on assists by Peyton Ullyott and Andy Muhs. After the Comets came back to tie the game, Langdon put in four goals unanswered by Dease, Roder and Sid and Peyton Ullyott. Hunter Feil had an assist as did Peyton Ullyott in the scoring run, and Peyton would also score an insurance goal late in the third to seal the win. Harder had a nice game with 43 saves, while the Blades out shot the Comets 50-48.