Posted 2/02/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Despite finding the back of the net on four occasions, Crosby’s Junior Gold hockey team never led against the Richland Rangers on Sunday at Sidney, dropping a 6-4 decision to conclude the weekend.
Troy Knudson scored twice in the third period in the losing cause.
“It was a good game,” Crosby assistant coach Ladd Simonson said. “We broke the puck out and outshot them, but we had a hard time capitalizing.”
Comets goalie Taylor Landsverk saved 19 of 25 shots; the Rangers saved 34 of 38.
The Rangers jumped on a Crosby squad playing the second day of a back-to-back, converting the first three tallies in the first seven minutes.
Alex Bailey scored his sixth goal of the season about 12 minutes later. Joran Oien assisted.
After Richland scored three more times in the second and third periods, the Comets didn’t back down in the third, cutting the lead to 6-4. Troy Knudson scored his two goals with assists from Bailey, Alex Nelson and Race Jacobson.
Isaac Ellingson fed Aidan Eriksmoen for a final goal with two seconds to go.
3rd period costs Comets
Despite taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission and finishing with a 50-25 lead in shots, Saturday’s game got away from the Comets in the third period, taking the short end of a 6-4 decision against Langdon at Andrist Arena.
“I thought we played a pretty good team game today,” Comets head coach Cody Overland said. “We let a couple of shifts get away from us.”
Rider Jacobson assisted Ellingson’s first goal and scored while shorthanded later in the opening period for a dominant start, but that lead did not last long.
Barely two minutes into the second period, the Blades tied the game. Then, with seven minutes left in the period, took a 3-2 lead.
The Comets reclaimed the advantage before intermission with goals from Race Jacobson (assisted by Eriksmoen) and Ellingson (unassisted).
But in the final seven minutes of the game, Langdon not only tied the game but took the lead and iced it with an empty-netter with four seconds left on the clock.
“We had a goal that didn’t get counted that would’ve put us up 5-4,” Overland said. “After that, the momentum changed completely for the rest of the game.”
The Comets played Tuesday in Minot and conclude their three-game road trip Thursday night against the Williston High School JV team. The next home game is Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. vs. Minot.
Richland 6, Crosby 4
1st 2nd 3rd F
Crosby 1 0 3 4
Richland 3 1 2 6
Richland -- Peyton Tofte 16:19
Richland -- Kyle Mueller 13:52
Richland -- Kyler Garsjo 13:01
Crosby -- Alex Bailey 1:11 (Joran Oien)
Richland -- Tofte 6:23
Richland -- Garsjo 13:18
Richland -- Mueller 12:37
Crosby -- Troy Knudson 8:37 (Alex Nelson)
Crosby -- Knudson :28 (Bailey, Race Jacobson)
Crosby -- Aidan Eriksmoen :02 (Isaac Ellingson)
Goalie saves: Taylor Landsverk 19, Trent Schilling 30, Lane Wold 4
Penalty minutes: Crosby 16, Richland 26
Langdon 6, Crosby 4
1st 2nd 3rd F
Langdon 1 2 3 6
Crosby 2 2 0 4
Langdon -- Logan Waslaski 17:32
Crosby -- Isaac Ellingson 16:52 (Rider Jacobson)
Crosby -- Rider Jacobson 1:35
Langdon -- Stephen Tollefson 17:57
Langdon -- Brady Otto 7:05
Crosby -- Race Jacobson 3:38 (Aidan Eriksmoen)
Crosby -- Ellingson :49
Langdon -- Otto 6:59
Langdon -- Waslaski 5:34
Langdon -- Jace Ramberg :04
Goalie saves: Alexander Gronhovd 46, Taylor Landsverk 19
Penalty minutes: Langdon 6, Crosby 10
Junior Gold Standings
W L T Pts
Mayville-Portland 8 2 0 16
Grand Forks 7 3 0 14
Moorhead 5 3 0 10
Richland 5 5 0 10
Minot 3 5 0 6
Crosby 3 6 0 6
Langdon 3 6 0 6
Watford City 2 6 0 4