FARGO – Fargo forward Gabe Guertler couldn’t remember if he said hello to his future University of Minnesota teammates before Wednesday’s United States Hockey League playoff game started. Dave Gust was positive what he said to his future Ohio State teammate in Game 1 of the first-round best-of-5 series against Waterloo.
FARGO – In his fifth year as the athletic director at Hawley (Minn.) High School, Brett Schmidt has never seen anything like the cancellations that have come this spring.
FARGO – Fargo left winger Austin Ortega called his goal Wednesday in front of 2,309 at Scheels Arena the biggest goal of his career. In a tied playoff game with 95 seconds left, they don’t get much bigger.
FARGO – Hockey is a not a numbers sport. There’s so much that happens on the ice that will never find its place in a box score.
FARGO – The bad news is Fargo dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 2 and Feb. 8 after a 3-1 loss to Sioux City in the regular-season finale Saturday in front of 4,784 at Scheels Arena. The good news is the Force never have to see the Musketeers or goalie Kyle Hayton again this season.
FARGO – They had won seven of nine, they clinched second place in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, so they were due for a hiccup. With first place out of reach, Friday’s first game of the final two versus Sioux City to close out the regular season didn’t exactly mean much.
FARGO – It’s hard to believe a regular season that goes more than six months has not been decided going into the final weekend, but that’s the case in the Western Conference of the United States Hockey League.
FARGO – Moorhead High School certainly didn’t make it easy on Peter Cullen, but the Spuds officially took off the interim tag and made Cullen the head boys hockey coach at the Moorhead School Board meeting Monday night.
FARGO – Apparently down three goals versus Sioux Falls – with the Stampede less than two periods away from clinching first place in the Western Conference – is exactly where Fargo wanted them.
With four games remaining in the regular season, the only team record not falling for Fargo is the team’s actual record in the United States Hockey League.
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