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ROWE LEADS LANCERS TO COMEBACK VICTORY

By Kelsey Helland, 04/04/15, 10:00PM CDT

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The Lancers came from behind three times en route to their 4-3 victory over the Force Saturday night in front of 3,102 fans at Scheels Arena.

The Force were off to a quick start when they scored just 40 seconds into the first period. Brody Stevens passed to Alec Marsh who skated up to the net and passed to TJ Roo who fired it past Omaha’s goalie, Zach Driscoll.

Shots and penalties were exchanged throughout the period but it remained a 1-0 game for the rest of period.

Just over two minutes into the second period, Omaha was called for a penalty, putting the Force on the power play.

Less than a minute into the power play, Denis Smirnov gave the Force a 2-0 lead. Riley Tufte and Alec Marsh assisted Smirnov’s power play goal.

Omaha made it 2-1 when Louie Rowe scored for the Lancers with 12:33 to play in the second period.

Fargo’s Alec Marsh was called for a penalty with 6:58 remaining in the period and just 14 seconds into the Lancers’ power play, Will Borgen scored and tied the game up 2-2.

“Two nights in a row we start with a 2-0 lead and come home empty,” Head Coach John Marks said of tonight’s and last night’s losses. “A couple of penalties hurt us and then we didn’t get a kill.”

With 15:54 to play in the third period, Mike Babcock scored to give the Force the lead again at 3-2.

The lead did not last long as Louie Rowe scored twice within one minute at the 12:44 and 12:13 marks of the third period. Omaha’s fourth goal was on the power play.

Rowe ended the night with a hat trick.

The Force outshot Omaha 37-25 throughout the game but could not do enough with the puck to come out with the win.

“Tonight is just emblematic of the whole season in that our inability to score goals when we had a chance to score seven or eight,” Marks said. “And that’s why we’re not in the playoffs because we get chances but we don’t finish it off to score, story of the year.”  

The Force are at Scheels Arena on Saturday, April 11 to take on the Sioux Falls Stampede for their last game of the 2014-2015 season.

Tickets can be purchased at the Scheels Arena Box Office, open Monday through Friday 11 AM – 6 PM, online at www.tickets300.com, or by calling 701-364-3672.