The Fargo Force have acquired forward Paul Washe and defenseman Philip Alftberg from the Tri-City Storm in exchange for forwards Odeen Tufto and Charlie Dovorany.
Washe, from Clarkston, MI, is in his second full season in the USHL and has been a huge part of Tri-City’s offense over the past two seasons, tallying 33 points in 83 games for the Storm (17g, 16a). He was named the MVP of the USHL Top Prospects game last week as his 2 goals led Team West to a 4-0 victory. The forward also played parts of the 2014-15 season in the USHL, playing in 20 games with Team USA and two games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Washe is committed to play for Western Michigan following his junior hockey career.
Alftberg, a native of Marsta, Sweden, is in his first season in the USHL. The defenseman has been able to help Tri-City offensively, notching 15 points in 29 games so far this season, ranking him 14th overall in the USHL for top scoring defensemen. Alftberg is committed to play college hockey at St. Lawrence University following his junior hockey career.
"We're excited to add these 2 players to our roster" said Force Head Coach Cary Eades. "Washe is a complete 200 foot player that plays with great speed and tenacity. He will bolster our forward group up the middle. Alftberg is a puck moving defenseman, and shoots the puck well, so he should be able to help us improve our powerplay, which is critical as we continue to battle for a playoff spot in the extremely competitive Western Conference".
Tufto and Dovorany are both in their first season in the USHL and with the Force. Tufto was one of the top offensive players for Fargo and is currently fourth on the team in points with 21 points in 30 games. Dovorany returned to the Force in mid-December from an off-season injury and has tallied two goals in the 12 games he's played for the "Black and Blue" this season .
The Force look to continue their four-game winning streak this weekend at home versus the Lincoln Stars for a two-game series at Scheels Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm both nights.
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