The Fargo Force (3-3-0-1) started off hot but couldn’t keep their lead falling to the Omaha Lancers (4-3-1-0) 4-3 in night two of the series. Two goals from Force forward Erik Bargholtz and 31 saves from netminder Anton Castro weren’t enough to keep the black and blue on top.
Felikss Gavars got the scoring started for Fargo with a shorthanded beauty 6:44 into the first period. He maneuvered his way past two Lancer defensemen to give the Force a 1-0 lead. Erik Bargholtz followed that up three minutes later sending one over the shoulder of the Lancer netminder off a feed from Tyler Rollwagen. Omaha outshot Fargo in the first 15-9 but couldn’t get anything past Castro, closing out the period with a 2-0 Force lead.
Similar to Friday night the Lancers came alive in the second scoring three unanswered goals all within a two-minute timeframe, one of which was a crazy goal from Matt Basgall at the opposite blue line that seemed to catch just about everyone off guard. The Force saw a pair of powerplay chances in the second but couldn’t capitalize, closing out the period with a 3-2 Omaha lead.
Erik Bargholtz tied the game back up at 3’s apiece 5 minutes into the third with a beautiful redirect off a shot from Palodichuck. A little over 4 minutes later the Lancers took the lead once again off a powerplay goal from Michael Cameron. The Force saw a few scoring opportunities late in the third but couldn’t get anything past falling to Omaha 4-3 in the final game of the weekend series.
The Force are back at home next weekend vs. the Waterloo Blackhawks on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 tickets for both games are available via ticketmaster.com.
The Fargo Force (3-2-0-1) couldn’t get anything to land in the second and third periods, allowing the Omaha Lancers (3-3-1-0) to score three unanswered goals and take home a 4-1 victory in night one of the two game series.
Omaha put up the first goal 4:17 into period one with a goal from Cade Ahrenholz off a beautiful feed from Alex Bump. The Force netted a goal of their own just 30 seconds later, hammered home by Felikss Gavars for his third goal of the season. Fargo saw three powerplay opportunities in period one but couldn’t get anything going. The first 20 ended with the teams both locked in at 1’s, Fargo leading in SOG 10-7.
The second period was all Lancers, with two goals once scored at 4:30 and the next at 11:35, both of which followed their powerplay opportunities. The Force battled of three Lancer powerplays in the second but couldn’t generate any offence of their own. Omaha outshout Fargo in the second 12-6.
The Force headed into the third with 2:05 still left on a powerplay opportunity thanks to a high sticking call against the Lancers late in the second. But it was Omaha who scored with a shortie from Garrett Wright, his second goal of the night. The Force had a few good looks at the net but penalties late in the period shut down their offensive opportunities and the Lancers secured the 4-1 win in night one of the two game series.
The teams are back again tomorrow night at Ralston Arena for a 6:05pm C.T. puck drop, tune in via www.hockeytv.com.
The Fargo Force (3-1-0-1) hit the road this weekend for a pair of games vs the Omaha Lancers (2-3-1-0) on Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd.
The Force are coming off two home games vs. the Lincoln Stars resulting in a 4-2 on Oct. 14, followed by a 5-4 win on the 15th for 2 out of 4 possible points on the weekend.
Omaha is fresh off a split weekend as well having beat the Waterloo Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout and falling to the Musketeers 3-2 the next day.
Leading scorers for the Force include Andre Gasseau (5G-2A) and Cole Knuble (2G-5A) both averaging 1.40 PPG. The top scoring duo are a dangerous pair on the same line with 4 of Gasseau’s goals coming off assists from Knuble.
The Lancers are led by Garret Wright (2G-3A) who put up a goal in each game last weekend one of which came in their shootout vs. Waterloo. The Lancers are currently averaging 2.16 PPG compared to the Force’s 3.6 PPG average.
Following this weekend’s contests, the Force are back home for two games vs. the Waterloo Blackhawks on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. The Fargo Force will be holding a memorial game for the team founder and owner Ace Brandt on Friday the 29th. Followed by Halloween Night on the 30th complete with Suite or Treat, a Costume Contest and more!
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