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By Kelsey Helland, 12/22/14, 2:00PM CST


Fargo Force Athletic Trainer, Phil Faught, was the Athletic Trainer for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge that ended with Team USA earning their sixth Junior A gold medal in seven years.

The U.S. Junior Select Team beat Denmark in overtime, 3-2, to win gold. Thomas Novak of the Waterloo Black Hawks scored the game winner just 4:56 into overtime.

Novak and the other 21 players who made up the team’s roster are all currently players in the USHL.

Team USA went undefeated in the tournament in their five games played. They beat Canada West 6-3 in the pre-tournament round, Switzerland 7-0 and Canada East 3-2 in the preliminary rounds, Canada East 7-1 in the semifinal round and ended with the championship overtime win 3-2 over Denmark.

Faught has been the Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Force since the inaugural season. He was named Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Junior Select Team in November. He is a FAKTR certified provider and provides the injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement for the team. He is also the Director of Sanford Power Hockey Academy at the Sanford Power Center. Faught has worked with hockey players ranging from mites to professionals in the area for the past ten years.

After missing three games, Faught will return to the Force for their next game in Sioux Falls on December 27th and in Waterloo on the 28th. The Force return home to Scheels Arena on New Years Eve where they will take on Des Moines. The puck drops at 6:05 pm.


Photo Credit: USA Hockey