It’s a busy holiday week for the Fargo Force (4-8-2-1; 11pts) as they gear up for three games over the next four days. The Black & Blue kick off the weekend with a road game in Sioux City vs. the Musketeers (9-4-2-1; 21pts) on Wednesday, November 24. Followed by games on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27 back on home ice vs. the Western Conference leading Tri-City Storm (13-2-0-0; 26pts).
Last weekend the Force snapped Lincoln’s win streak with a 4-2 W at the ice box on Friday night followed by a 1-0 loss to Sioux Falls on Saturday.
Fargo netminder Louden Hogg backstopped the Force in both games picking up his first USHL win on Friday with a 25 save W and stopping 20/21 in Saturday’s 1-0 loss.
After netting a pair of goals last weekend Cole Knuble leads the Force with 6 goals and 5 assists, he’s followed by Andre Gasseau (6G-3A), Trevor Griebel (0G-9A) and Felikss Gavars (5G-3A).
The Sioux City Musketeers are 5-2-2-1 in their last 10 games, going 1-1 last weekend with an 8-2 win over Sioux Falls on Friday and a 5-2 loss to Waterloo on Saturday.
The Musketeers are backstopped by Alex Tracy (2.06GAA - .925SV%) and Axel Mangbo (2.88GAA - .901SV%). Lat weekend the pair split the time in net with Tracy picking up a 24 save win on Friday and Mangbo with a 34 save loss on Saturday.
Leading scorers for the Musketeers include Arizona State commit Charlie Schoen (10G-10A), Owen McLaughlin (8G-10A) and Dylan James (3G-11A).
The last time the Force faced off against the Tri-City Storm was back in May when they came back to win round one of the Clark Cup Playoffs and secure their spot in the Western Conference Championship.
Tri-City is off to a hot start this season, in the last 10 games they’re 8-2, their only two losses coming from the Musketeers and the Stampede. In their only two losses of the season, they trailed after the first period, of their last 8 wins they’ve led after the first in every game.
The Storm are led by UMass commit Cole O’Hara (7G-14A) he’s followed on the point leaderboard by forward Jeremy Wilmer (8G-12A) and defenseman Mitchell Miller (7G-8A).
Arsenii Sergeev has been a brick wall in net for the Storm this season, he is 10-1 on the season and leads the league in goals against average (1.18), save percentage (.951) and shutouts (3). Also recording time in the net for Tri-City is Chace Clark, he’s 3-1 so far this year with a 1.99GAA and .935SV%.
Black Friday Ticket Special | Friday, November 26
It's Black Friday and the Force have the best deal in town... tickets in the black and blue zones are just $5! Looking for something fun to do with the family, tired of sitting inside, or avoiding all the Black Friday shopping? The Force game is the perfect event for you! Click HERE purchase tickets or contact the Scheels Arena box office at 701.364.3672
Honor Flight Night | Friday, November 27
Saturday, November 27 the Fargo Force are excited to host the third annual Honor Flight Night, and raise money to send veterans to Washington DC free of charge.
Honor Flight Night will feature specialty jerseys to be auctioned off after the game, a silent auction, a free beanie giveaway sponsored by American Crystal Sugar for the first 1000 fans, a pre-game band, a specialty puck drop and more!
100% of the proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN along with a portion of ticket sales and $5 for every orange chuck-a-puck sold!