Chase Grant opened the scoring with 6:39 remaining in the first period with assists from Corey Leivermann and Nate Condon. The Stars were able to tie it up on a goal from their newest addition to the roster, Tyler Deresky assisted by Dominik Shine early in the 2nd period. The Force had difficulties finding the back of the net tonight after putting up 9 on Tri-City but they scored when it counted the most on a goal from Nick Oliver with 45 seconds remaining in the game on the power play. Matt Leitner and Marek Hrbas assisted on the play.
With the win, Fargo pulled within two points of first place in the West Division of the USHL. The Force are now 19-2-3 in their last 24 games. There is a lot of hype starting to build for your Fargo Force. The Lincoln Stars radio announcer even went as far as dubbing the Force the future 2010 Clark Cup Champions.
The Force have three games in three days against a couple of top opponents in Sioux Falls and Omaha on February 4-6. See you at the Urban Plains Center this weekend as we take over the top spot in the West Division with a sweep of the Lancers!
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The Fargo Force will look to build on what it started last night in Kearney coming off a big 9-1 win over the Tri-City Storm. Fargo is only three points out of first place in the West Division. Lincoln has struggled this year and are bottom feeders in the West Division of the USHL, but don't let that fool you, this will be a tough game for the Force.
Nate Condon, Marek Hrbas and John Stampohar paced the Force with three points a piece as the Fargo Force took down the Tri-City Storm 9-1 in Kearney, NE. Fargo got a good offensive performance from the team with 16/20 dressed players (including goalie) each tallying at least one point. Ryan Massa was still challenged between the pipes for the Force as he faced 32 shots stopping 31 of them.
After looking at the box score (without having seen the game) it looks like Oleg Yevenko had a strong game as well for the Force having the best +/- on the team with a +5. Fargo got goals from Colten St. Clair, Marek Hrbas, Nate Condon (2), Brian Cooper, Garrett Allen, Alex Lippincott, Chase Grant and John Stampohar. Goals were assisted by: Nick Romanick, Marek Hrbas (2), Nate Condon, Blake Doerring, Matt Leitner, Corey Leivermann, Chad Demers, Joe Rehkamp, Chase Grant, Johnnie Searfoss, Oleg Yevenko and John Stampohar (2).
The Force will look to continue their strong offensive presence and solid goaltending in Lincoln, NE tomorrow night as they take on the Lincoln Stars. Lincoln has struggled this season and hopefully Fargo is able to come home with four points before facing two big opponents in Sioux Falls and Omaha at the next home series.
Congrats to the Fargo Force's Nate Condon for being named Team Reebok player of the game in last night's USHL All-Star game! Nate scored the first goal of the game just under the 3 minute mark. The West team lost the exciting game 5-4 in OT. One of Nate's future teammates at the University of Minnesota, Ryan Walters, was named MVP after scoring a hat trick in the contest. Congrats to Nate! A well deserved honor.
"As part of the naming process, we conducted a poll of Dubuque hockey fans. The overwhelming choice of name was Fighting Saints," said Brad Kwong, Managing Director for Northern Lights Hockey, LLC. "Clearly, it's a name with which fans can identify. Many associate the name Fighting Saints with a history of success, the positive relationships they had with many popular players and the numerous great hockey memories."
Eamonn McDermott was injured yesterday in practice. Early reports are that he has suffered a fracture of his wrist that will require surgery and keep him out of the line-up for 8-10 weeks. I am sure more details will be made available over the weekend. This is a major blow for the Force and we wish Eamonn a speedy recovery and hope that he is back in time for playoffs.
A reliable source told me today that Cole Gunner was traded to the Chicago Steel. Pointstreak doesn't have the trade listed on their transactions page so it is not official by any means. Look out for details upcoming in the next few days.
EDIT: The trade was finalized and Cole Gunner is now playing for the Chicago Steel. Fargo got a 3rd round pick in exchange for Gunner.
Campbell struggled in Fargo early in the season and requested a trade for a fresh start to better his USHL career and it has been paying dividends for the Roughriders and Campbell. Campbell has posted a 2-1-1 record, a .941 save percentage and a 1.76 GAA for the Riders.
It's nice to see a good kid doing so well in a new environment. It's also good for the Fargo Force that he is doing so well right now because the conditions of the trade was that if Campbell had good numbers for save percentage with the Roughriders, the Force would get a 2nd round pick next year. If Campbell struggled in Cedar Rapids, the Force would get a 3rd rounder. With a shutout in his last game against one of the top offensive teams in Omaha and two goals against in his last three starts, it looks like Cody will be just fine in Cedar Rapids.
The Fargo Force went from a 9 game winning streak to a two game slump in which they have only scored three goals in two games. The Force are now on a 2 game losing streak and will look to stop the slump on Friday when they take on Team USA at the Urban Plains Center.
Is the two game losing streak anything to get worked up about? Most definitely not, but hopefully the Force are able to get back to the winning ways this weekend. They still inched even closer to Omaha for the top spot in the West Division after Omaha picked up two points in two games over the weekend. Fargo was able to squeak out four points in three games over the weekend and climb to within three points of Omaha. Green Bay has now climbed to the top of the USHL with wins over Cedar Rapids and Waterloo this weekend.
Des Moines at Fargo - Live Blog - 7:05pm. Not going to the Force game because you want to watch the Sioux/Gopher game? Join us on the live blog to follow the Force during the game!
This weekend, the Fargo Force take on the Des Moines Buccaneers. Des Moines will be without one of their star players that they had early in the year, Yasin Cisse, who is out with an injury. Cisse was finally becoming a star in the league posting 5 goals and 3 assists in four games before sustaining an injury that has cost him a significant portion of the season.
Bucs' Players to Watch:
- Connor Brickley - Brickley had a hat trick and a five-point night against the Force in November. Brickley is also listed as #49 on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's Midterm Rankings for North American Skaters.
- T.J. Tynan - Tynan is another player to watch this weekend. He has been a key setup man for the Bucs this year and has eight assists in three games against the Force. He leads the Bucs with 34 assists this season. His assist total is equal to the point total for the Fargo Force's scoring leader, Matt Leitner.
- H.T. Lenz - Lenz leads the team in goals scored with 15.
- Ryan Walters - Walters is second on the team in points with 36. He has 11 goals and 25 assists.
- Force fans will also recognize a familar face as Chris Stafne will make a return to Fargo after a short stint last season with the Fargo Force. Stafne has 9 goals, 12 assists in 33 games this season with the Bucs.
A video that might make American hockey fans mad...the part I think you would be interested starts at about 4:30 into the video.
The Fargo Force swept the Youngstown Phantoms at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The Force are now only four points out of first place in the West Division and four points away from having the best record in the USHL.
On Friday, the Fargo Force were led by Chase Grant with one goal and an assist and Colten St. Clair with two assists. The Force also got offensive contributions from: Garrett Allen (1g), Nick Oliver (1a), Matt Leitner (1a), Corey Leivermann (1g), Nate Condon (1g), Chad Demers (1a), Johnnie Searfoss (1a). Ryan Massa stopped 24 of 26 in the 4-2 victory.
On Saturday, the Force were led by Matt Leitner with a goal and an assist. Garrett Allen and John Stampohar also scored for the Force. Also assisting on the Fargo Force goals were: Chase Grant, Colten St. Clair, Eamonn McDermott, Corey Leivermann and Blake Doerring. Ryan Massa stopped 22 of 24 in the 3-2 victory.
It may be too early to say this because they have a long way to go, but the Anderson Cup is looking like it could be a serious possibility for the Fargo Force this year. The Anderson Cup is the trophy awarded to the top team in the regular season. Of course the ultimate goal for the Fargo Force is the Clark Cup awarded to the winner of the championship game in the USHL.
Three Questions with former Fargo Force goalie Mike Lee | INFORUM | Fargo, ND
What was it like starting in two gold medal games in two years?
This one topped the last one a little bit, but it’s obviously very special, and I’m lucky to have had the chance. And winning two gold medals, and beating Canada both times to do it? You can’t beat that.
What was it like playing for Dean Blais again?
Anybody that has played for him understands right away what a special coach he is. We had an amazing year with him last year, and it was really nice to be able to play for him again.
How would you rate your first season playing at St. Cloud State?
It hasn’t gone as well as I would have liked it to, personally (4-5-3, 2.63 goals-against, .909 save percentage), but I always want to be doing better. As a team we’re satisfied with how we’ve been doing lately, and we want to get going into the second half.
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The Fargo Force have jumped into sole possession of second place in the West Division standings thanks to a five-game winning streak. Four of those victories have been by a single goal. The team overcame a 4-1 deficit on Saturday when they tallied four goals in the second period and eventually defeated Omaha 6-5. Chase Grant netted two goals in the win bringing his total to eight goals over a five-game goal streak. Goaltender Dayn Belfour earned his first USHL victory on Saturday when he played the final two periods and stopped 12-of-13 shots he faced. He stopped 30 shots the following evening for his second straight win. Team leading scorer Matt Leitner scored three goals over three games during the week. He now has 14 goals through 24 games, matching his total through 56 games last season. John Stampohar and Nicholas Romanick each scored their first goal of the season in Sunday’s 6-5 win vs. Sioux Falls. Corey Leivermann dished out five assists during the three-win week.
Former Fargo Force player Mike Lee and coach Dean Blais will be competing in the IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal game on Tuesday, January 5. What a tournament for two people from our organization to be a part of as they will be competing for the Gold medal on Tuesday. Team USA has not won this tournament since 2004. 2004 was also the last time that Canada has not won the Gold medal so there is another streak that can be snapped with a United States victory.
Mike Lee is 4-0 at the IIHF World Junior Championships and is likely to start against Canada in the Gold medal game after a solid performance against the heavily favored Swedes. Lee has put up some outstanding numbers to go along side the four wins. He currently has a 92.86% save percentage and 2.00 goals against average.
The Fargo Force were able to squeak out a win in Sioux Falls tonight by defeating the herd 6-5. With the win, the Force take over sole possession of 2nd place in the West Division of the USHL.
Hrbas finished 11th in the tournament in scoring with 4 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. He also led the Czech team in scoring and was the top scoring defenseman in the entire tournament.
The Czechs were not as successful overall as Hrbas, finishing 8th in the tournament.
Fargo took on the top team in the USHL tonight and it was a wild one in Omaha. Garrett Allen started things off for Fargo 6:12 into the first period but it was all Omaha in the first period as they scored four straight en route to Ryan Massa's departure with 4 goals against on 10 shots.
Fargo Force take on the top team in the USHL tonight as they take on the Omaha Lancers. Two of their top forwards, Matt White (49 points) and Erik Haula (40) are nearly doubling the scoring leaders for the Force. Fargo will have to step up their defensive game against Omaha's top line. Omaha's talent doesn't drop off there. Omaha has three other 20 point players in Seth Ambroz, Dakota Eveland and defenseman Dennis Brown.
Last time the Force faced off against the Lancers in Omaha, they were able to come away with a 5-2 win. That game was played at a time when the Force were not playing their best hockey in October. If Fargo wants to consider themselves in the top echelon of teams in the USHL, they will want to beat Omaha again and move two points closer to the top.
Fargo is coming off a comeback victory against Team USA U-18 team 4-3 on New Year's Eve. Omaha is coming off a 5-3 win over the Musketeers in Sioux City.