Tonight's Fargo Force game against the Tri-City Storm has been declared a No Contest. Per league safety protocols, minimum standards were not met to play this game. The United States Hockey League (USHL) is working with the Force and Storm to reschedule.
The Force head down to Nebraska this weekend for a pair of games vs. the conference leading Tri-City Storm. The Force are on a hot streak going 4-1 in their last 5 games, concluding last weekend’s 3 game road trip with a 4-3 win over the Musketeers on Saturday and a 2-1 OT win over the Stampede on Sunday. Tri-City put up a pair of wins on the road last weekend as well, the teams will head into the weekend both looking to extend their win streaks.
The last time Fargo and Tri-City faced off was back in late November on Force home ice. The Storm took game one with a 3-2 victory on Friday night followed by a 5-4 OT Force victory on Saturday night snapping Tri-City’s then 10 game win streak.
Tri-City is led in scoring by forwards Jeremy Wilmer (11G-26A) Cole O’Hara (13G-21A) and defenseman Mitchell Miller (12G-19A), Miller is also on a point streak adding his name to the scoresheet in each of their last 6 games. Their goaltender Arsenii Sergeev currently leads the league with 18 wins, a 1.60GAA and a .932SV%.
The Force are led by Bret Link (11G-14A), Cole Knuble (9G-11A) and Andre Gasseau (10G-7A). Also moving up the point scoring leaderboard for the Force is newcomer German Yavash who has 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in just 9 games played so far this season.
Following this weekend’s contests the Force return to home ice for a pair of games vs. the Sioux City Musketeers on Friday, Jan 21 and Saturday, Jan 22. Friday night it’s boy scout night, come to Scheels Arena to supports local troops and cheer on the Force! Saturday it’s one of the biggest events of the season, Hometown Heroes Night! Visit www.fargoforce.com/hometownheroes to find out more and CLICK HERE to buy tickets now, you won’t want to miss this!
Ryan Alexander is a 5’11, 167 lb forward, from Toronto, ON, CAN currently playing in his second USHL season. From 2020-21 he played 37 games for the Dubuque Fighting Saints tallying 2 goals and 14 assists. So far this season he’s been a top scorer for the Youngstown Phantoms with 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 26 total games. The 2002 born centerman is committed to play D1 College Hockey at Arizona State University.
“We are excited to add Ryan Alexander to our group,” said Force GM Cary Eades. “He is in his 4th year of junior hockey, and we will look for him to provide additional energy, veteran leadership, and consistency to our team. He is a player that we are very familiar with as we originally drafted him in the Phase 1 Futures Draft in 2018.”
"We also appreciate everything Charlie Lurie did for the Force during his time in Fargo and wish him all the best in Youngstown.”
Lurie has 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 27 games played this season. The 2003 born Minnetonka, MN native played 3 games for the Force in the Clark Cup Playoffs last year and is committed to play D1 college hockey at the University of Nebraska Omaha
The Fargo Force return to home ice on Friday January 21st for a weekend matchup vs. the Sioux City Musketeers. Saturday, January 22nd at 6:05pm it’s Hometown Heroes Night, featuring a specialty jersey auction, interactive booths around the concourse, a glow stick giveaway sponsored by Starr Fireworks and more! Visit www.fargoforce.com/hometownheroes to find out more about Hometown Heroes Night and CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!