Blades girls split last two games of the season

The Langdon Blades girls closed out their regular season on the weekend of Feb. 15-16 with two games, a loss at home to high powered Minot 4-1, then met Bottineau for the sixth time this season and skated to a three all tie.

Republican Sports Writer

After the weekend, Blades headed to the postseason with a 7-10-2 record, which is good for the ninth seed in the upcoming State Girls Hockey Tournament, to be held in Bismarck March 1-3. Langdon is feeling good about the way they playing and hope to make some noise at State.

In their game with Minot, who is on the best teams in the league this year, the Blades held up well. Langdon actually had the first lead in the game, on a goal by Arianna Haraseth, assisted by Emma Field. That 1-0 lead would stand until the second period, when the Wolves got two goals, then put in two more in the third to win the contest. Jordan Jenson had 28 saves in goal for the Blades, and the shot on goal were fairly even, with Minot out shooting Langdon 32-24.

Without a doubt the biggest rival the Blades girls have had this year is with Bottineau, who met for an unreal sixth time in the regular season. Like nearly all their meeting this year, this one was close once again. Bottineau would score first and lead 1-0 after the first period, before the Blades got going in the second on goals from Jessi Gellner and Emma Field. Assists on the two scores were credited to Field, Gellner and Regan Hoffarth.

A wild third period would see Bottineau tying the game early, then the Blades answering right back with a goal by Savannah Ullyott unassisted. Trying to hang for the win, Langdon saw Bottineau score with just 17 seconds left to send the game to overtime, which saw neither team get the winning goal in the net. Jenson had 39 saves in goal, and Bottineau out shot the Blades 42-24.