FARGO, N.D. — The Force found themselves in another Western Conference slugfest Friday night with the visiting Omaha Lancers in town for the start of a weekend series. Fargo outshot the Lancers 37-30 in front of 3,117 fans at Scheels Arena, but a first-period goal was enough for Omaha to claim a 1-0 win.
Ryan Bischel stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced in the loss tonight. He has given up two or fewer goals in 13 of his last 15 games for the Force.
“We’ve got to make our bounces,” head coach Cary Eades said. “We’ve got to win more puck battles. We’ve got to make more plays. We’ve got to get to more loose pucks.”
Omaha scored the lone goal at 16:16 of the first period when Harrison Roy picked up a rebound in front of the Force net and slid it past an outstretched Bischel for the score.
“They won a puck battle in the corner, got it to the point, got it to the net, and won a one-on-one battle in front of the net to get a rebound,” Eades said.
The Force drop to 27-19-4 with the loss and remain in fifth place in the Western Conference. Fargo is three points behind Des Moines for fourth place, but has a game in hand.
“We have very little margin for error right now,” Eades said. “Teams go through stretches like this and we’ve got to find a way to win tomorrow night’s game.”
Fargo will look to split the weekend series with the Lancers when the two teams face off tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. The first 500 fans through the doors will receive free cowbells, courtesy of Valley News Live.