Posted 2/10/15 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
The top two Junior Gold hockey teams in North Dakota faced off in league action this past weekend in Watford City with the Oilers coming out on top of the Crosby Comets, 3-1.
Ted Ramage got the Oilers on the score clock first as he scored on a Jon Dunn assist. The Oilers aggressive forecheck set up the goal when Ramage pounded home a rebound for an early 1-0 lead at the 17:49 mark of the first stanza.
Crosby would then capitalize on the power play as the Comets knocked a rebound past Oiler netminder Quayde Shores to knot the score at 1-1.
The Oilers’ next goal was set up when Beau Heiser ripped a shot on goal, but the Comet goaltender turned it aside. Dunn, who was camped out front, pounced on the loose puck and hammered it home for a 2-1 Oiler lead.
“Both teams had quality scoring chances in the first period only to be turned aside in the goaltender showdown,” stated Dave Hansen, Oilers’ head coach.
Watford City’s Daniel Marmon scored the final goal of the game, just 2:23 into the second period, when he blistered a shot high blocker side and put the Oilers up 3-1.
Marmon set himself up on the goal with some good stick handling skills, walking around two Comet defenders.
Oiler netminder Shores played very good game as he turned aside 34 Crosby shots.
The Oilers hit the road this weekend when they travel east to Grand Forks, Mayville and Fargo.
The Oilers are 10-0 in league play and have an overall 17-1-1 season record.