After a two game sweep of Sioux Falls on home ice last weekend, the Fargo Force (24-12-2; 50pts.) remain on top of the Western Conference and 2nd overall in the USHL. The Force have a busy weekend ahead, kicking off with a game this Thursday at Scheels Arena vs. the fourth place Des Moines Buccaneers (18-13-4; 40pts.). Fargo then hits the road for a game on Saturday vs. the second place Omaha Lancers (22-15-0-1; 45pts.), before moving on to Sioux City for a matinee tilt on Sunday vs. the Musketeers (19-18-1; 39pts.)
This Thursday will be the first time the Force have faced off against the Buccaneers since January 23rd, where Fargo came away with a 3-2 OT win. So far this season the teams are dead even - both with an OT win and a regulation win, against each other. The Force head into Thursday riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak, while the Bucs look to turn things around having dropped two games to Sioux City in Des Moines last weekend.
The last time the Force faced the Lancers was in mid-February, when Omaha came out on top in both games, so Fargo will go into this Saturday’s matchup with something to prove. With the playoff approaching, all eyes will be on this matchup between the two of the top teams in the Western Conference.
In their last games with Sioux City on February 19 & 20, the Force swept both games, holding the Musketeers to just three goals all weekend. The Force have yet to win a game on Sioux City home ice this season, going 0-2, and they hope to end that this Sunday.
Tristan Broz (15G-25A-40P) is fresh off a 6-point weekend, recording one goal and five assists. He’s currently averaging 1.05 points per game and is the leading scorer in the Western Conference. Aaron Huglen (11G-15A-26P) is on a hot streak as well, racking up 2 goals and two assists last weekend and averaging 1.13 PPG on the season. Rounding out Fargo’s dangerous first line is Cody Monds (8G-8A-16P). Together this trio tallied 11 points in last Friday’s 8-2 drubbing of Sioux Falls. They’re an explosive part of Fargo’s offence and will play a big role in all three games this weekend.
All three teams the Force face off against this weekend play fast and intelligent. There will be no easy games, but W’s this weekend could have some big implications for the playoffs coming up.
Following this weekend’s games the Force are back to face off against the Musketeers on home ice, March 19 and 20!
Thursday March 11th is Thirsty Thursday!
Friday March 19th is Men’s Night!
Saturday March 20th is Cully’s Kids Night.