February 17, 2015

Jr. Gold picks up a pair of hockey wins

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City’s Junior Gold hockey team picked up two wins, and was handed their first league loss this past weekend in a Red River Valley swing.
On Friday, the Oilers were in Grand Forks and beat the Stallions, 4-0. Ted Ramage and Jon Dunn each had two goals for the Oilers, while  Beau Heiser and Cody Johnson had two assists. Ending the game with single assists were Derrike Hayden and Erick Leiseth.
Quayde Shores posted his fifth shutout of the season turning aside 22 Grand Forks shots.  
On Saturday, the Oilers were in Mayville and skated to an exciting 5-4 overtime win over the Ice Dawgs.
Derrike Hayden, Jon Dunn, Ted Ramage and Dalton Wright each had a goal in regulation with Ramage having two assists, while Heiser, Hayden, and Johnson each had one assist.
Dalton Wright scored the game-winning goal just 30 seconds into the extra session when he pounced on a loose puck in front of the Ice Dawg netminder. The play was set up with some pretty passing as Heiser slid the puck over to Johnson, who unleashed a wicked, one-timer slapshot from the blueline on goal. The Ice Dawg netminder couldn’t control the rebound and Wright ended the game.
Oiler goalie Shores kicked aside 27 shots in the game.
On Sunday, the Oilers were looking to add their 13th league win of the season, but found out it wasn’t their lucky day as Watford City dropped the contest, 11-6, to Fargo.
Ramage lead the Oilers in scoring with three goals and added one assist. Jon Dunn had two goals and one assist. Erick Leiseth added one goal, while Hayden had two assists and Heiser ended the game with one assist.
Shores kicked aside 30 Fargo shots.
The Oilers close out their home schedule on Friday, Feb. 20, at 6:45 as they host the Richland Rangers during Senior Night. The Oilers will then take on the Oilers B team on Saturday at 7 p.m. Watford City’s last league game will be on Monday at 6 p.m. when the Oilers travel to Crosby.