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By Eli Swanson, 03/09/19, 10:30PM CST


FARGO, N.D. — The Force cracked Omaha goalie Akira Schmid and scored twice, including a late goal to tie the game at two, but Fargo fell victim to a Lancer goal with 1:46 left in regulation in a 3-2 loss to Omaha Saturday night at Scheels Arena.


“We did a lot of things right tonight,” head coach Cary Eades said, “but we had a couple of big defensive blunders, took too many penalties, and that really made it difficult for us to win the hockey game. We had a lot of good. Outshot them almost two-to-one, outchanced them probably the same, but we can’t do those things in our league and win big hockey games.”


After Omaha converted early in the second period, the Force finally cracked Akira Schmid when Mike Kesselring took a pass from Josh Nodler, walked in, and shelved a shot to beat the Omaha goaltender for his seventh score of the season. Aaron Huglen also picked up an assist on the play for his first point since rejoining the Force.


Omaha answered back on the power play with 12 seconds left in the second period to retake the lead, forcing Fargo to come from behind in the third.


After killing three penalties in the third, it was the Force special teams that came up big to tie the game late in regulation. Libor Zabransky found the back of the net with a seeing-eye wrister from the left point. Justin Lee got his 18th assist of the year on the play.


Omaha took advantage of a chance in front in the final minutes and took the lead back with the eventual game-winning goal with 1:46 left in regulation. The Force couldn’t find an answer and the Lancers picked up a full two points.


Fargo will have a break from games this week and will host Waterloo next Saturday at Scheels Arena before going to Sioux Falls on Sunday. Puck drop for Saturday night’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.