The Langdon Blades hockey team is looking forward to hosting the State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament at Dakota Spirit Arena Feb. 28-March 2.
By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer
But before that they played two final league games on the road on Feb. 16-17, beating Northwood 12-3, then playing tough but losing to Grand Forks in overtime, 5-4. The Blades league record is 10-8 overall on the season, which is good for fourth place in the league standings. Langdon will play the first game of the State Tourney at 2:30pm on Feb. 28 versus fifth seeded Fargo. They also will play an exhibition game to ready for State against Swan Lake (MB) at home on Feb. 23 at 4:30pm.
Langdon has played Northwood three times this season, and they have scored exactly 12 goals in each contest. Unfortunately stats and box score were unavailable for this game at press time.
The Blades game at Grand Forks was wild from start to finish. Danny Muhs scored the only goal of the first period unassisted to Langdon a 1-0 lead. The Stallions tied the game early in the second period, but Sid Ullyott got the lead back with an unassisted goal, which Grand Forks matched to tie the game at two after the second period.
The Stallions got their first lead of the game in the third period, before the Blades put in back to back goals from Peyton Ullyott and Hunter Feil to take the lead. Sid Ullyott had assists on both goals.
Looking like they were going to beat the top ranked Stallions for the first time this season, Grand Forks stole the victory with a score with nine seconds left in regulation, then the game winner in overtime just 33 seconds into the extra session.
It was a tough loss for the Blades, who hope to see the Stallions once more in the postseason. Alex Gronhovd had 27 saves for Langdon, while Grand Forks barely out shot the Blades 33-32.