It’s a big weekend coming up for the Fargo Force on home ice as they kick off the last month of regular season play. The Force are preparing to play the Omaha Lancers, who are currently ranked third in the Western Conference, this Friday and Saturday. Fargo remains at the top of the standings with 27 wins, 16 regulation losses, and 3 overtime losses, giving them a total of 57 points. However, as the season winds down the gap between the teams at the top continues to grow smaller. The third place Lancers trail the Force by seven points and trail the second place Tri-City Storm by only three. This weekend’s matchups will have big implications for both team’s playoff chances.
The Fargo Force look to return to their winning ways, after going 1-3-1 in their last 5 games. The last time the two teams faced off, the Force came away with a big 5-2 win on Lancer home ice and will aim to recreate that outcome this weekend. The Lancers head into Fargo on a two-game losing streak, having lost at Lincoln and Sioux Falls last weekend.
Fargo’s Cody Monds, fresh off a 6-point weekend (2G-4A) on the road, will look to extend his three-game point streak even further. Monds has been instrumental in creating scoring opportunities for Fargo in recent games and scored two goals in Fargo’s last matchup with Omaha on March 13th. Bear Hughes also had a big weekend as well, with a goal and an assist in both Friday and Saturday’s games. He continues to be a great addition to the Force on both offense and defense, anchoring his line at center as well as playing a key role on the Fargo PK. Jeremy Davidson rounds out the forward line and also had an impressive weekend. , racking up 1 goal and 4 assists bringing the trio’s weekend point total to an impressive 15.
Ayrton Martino (17G-32A-49P) is the Lancer’s leading scorer, and picked up a goal and an assist during the team’s last matchup. In the four times Martino has played against the Force, he’s contributed three goals and four assists. In both of Omaha’s most recent losses these two skaters were held to just one total assist between the two of them. Omaha’s main goaltender, Jakub Dobes, currently has a 2.66 GAA, a .898 SV%, and is a 5th round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens.
Following this weekend’s series, the Force hit the road to face off against Omaha once again on Friday, April 9th and then travel to Des Moines on Saturday, April 10th for a game against the 4th place Des Moines Buccaneers.
Friday, April 2 | Daddy Daughter Night | 7:05 PM
Saturday, April 3 | Teddy Bear Toss | 6:05 PM