Junior Gold open league season with win over Langdon
After placing second in the Fargo Freeze Junior Gold Tournament, the Watford City Oilers hockey team opened its league season with a 5-4 win over Langdon on Saturday.
The Oilers opened the scoring when Dalton Wright put a backhand past the downed Blade goalie but Langdon would tie the game with just 50 seconds left in the first period converting a centering feed to the unattended player in the slot beating Qwayde Shores stick side.
Langdon opened the scoring in the second period when Landon Tollefson stole the puck from the Oilers defenseman and walked in all alone and ripped a shot over Shores shoulder for a 2-1 lead 2:40 into the period. The Oilers wasted no time answering as just a minute later co-captain Beau Heiser ripped a slapshot past the Blades goalie on a Ted Ramage assist.
Sophomore forward Eric Hellandsaas then picked up a loose puck and blasted a shot past the Blades netminder putting the Oilers up 3-2. Hellandsaas would add his second goal of the game with just under four minutes to play in the second period as the pounded home a loose puck off a rebound from Jon Dunn.
The Oilers closed out the scoring with just 26 seconds remaining with Dunn going coast to coast on a Brandon Allex assist for the 5-2 lead at intermission.
Langdon would chip away at the Oilers lead in the third period adding two goals but falling short for a 5-4 Oiler victory.
Shores turned aside 40 Langdon shots.
On Sunday, the Oilers matched up against the Blades in a non-conference match-up with Watford skating to an impressive 5-2 win.
Five different Oilers scored goals in the victory, while Shores turned aside 40 Langdon shots. Scoring for the Oilers were James Devers, Dalton Wright, Daniel Marmon, Jon Dunn and Ted Ramage, while adding assists were Dunn, Derrike Hayden, Brandon Allex, Wright and Cody Johnson.
The Oilers open their home schedule on Thursday, Dec. 19 when Watford City hosts Dickinson High School in a varsity game at 7:30 at the McKenzie County Multi-Purpose Building. The Oilers will then travel to Sidney on Friday for an 8 p.m. league game.