The Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team finally got to play some games in front of their home crowd when they hosted three games at Dakota Spirit Arena January 24-26. They beat Watford City 7-5, crushed Crosby 11-1, and then lost to Richland 8-3. After the weekend the Blades league record stood at 8-6. Their next league games are at home February 8 versus Northwood then at Grand Forks and Fargo the weekend of February 14-15.
Langdon started their weekend home stand with Senior Night before their game with Watford City. Blades seniors Peyton Ullyott, Sid Ullyott, Logan Harder, Hunter Feil, Michael Kartes, Danny Muhs, Andy Muhs and Tanner Olson were all recognized with their parents before the game. The contest itself got off to a lightning back and forth start with a combined seven goals scored in the first period. Isak Dease and Peyton Ullyott scored early goals, then Sid Ullyott put in two near the end of the first to give the Blades a 4-3 lead. Peyton Ullyott was credited with an assist. Langdon made it a three goal game early in the second with Cooper Zimmer finding the net followed by a hat trick goal by Sid Ullyott, assisted again by Peyton. Watford City slowly crept back in the game with two goals to begin the third period, but Peyton Ullyott got the insurance goal the team needed on an assist by Andy Muhs to win the game. Logan Harder had 32 saves in the game, as shots on goal were even at 37.
That win over a very good Oilers team gave Langdon tons of momentum and confidence when they met Crosby the next afternoon. The Blades played their best game of the season, and perhaps their best game in a couple of seasons, rocking the Comets for five goals in each of the first two periods. Peyton Ullyott had a hat trick in the first period alone, with Dease and Sid Ullyott also scoring in the first frame. Zimmer, Dease, Tanner Olson plus Sid and Peyton each had first period assists. Langdon continued to pour it on in the second period as Sid Ullyott scored twice plus one goal each by Peyton Ullyott, Dease and Zimmer to turn things into a big time runaway. Andy Muhs got a late goal in the third to cap the scoring, assisted by Dease and Hunter Feil. Harder had 26 saves while the Blades outshot the Comets 51-26.
The game of hockey can change gears in a heartbeat, and that is what seemed to happen to the Blades when they played Richland on January 26. It was Christmas every day once again to start the contest, as Langdon jumped out to 3-0 lead after the first period on goals by Andy Muhs, Sid Ullyott and Dease. Peyton Ullyott had two assists while Sid Ullyott and Danny Muhs each had one. But the Rangers would not only come back, they would score eight straight goals to win the game. Two power play goals got them started in the second period, and they took that momentum all the way to victory. Harder had 30 saves in this one, and Dawson Hein took over in goal late in the third and had one stop. Richland outshot Langdon 39-22 for the game.