Fargo Force rallies for overtime victory over Tri-City

The Force tied the game with two third-period goals and won on Joe Palodichuk's goal in OT.


FARGO — The Fargo Force may have found the spark to kickstart their season after a disappointing six-week stretch in a 5-4 overtime win over Tri-City on Saturday at Scheels Arena.

The Force trailed by two goals after two period but scored twice in the third and won it in OT on Joe Palodichuk's goal at 2:54.

The win was badly needed for a team that had won once since Oct. 16, and the icing is it came against the Western Division-leading Storm.

After a 5-4 over Lincoln on Oct. 16, the Force dropped eight straight games until downing Lincoln 4-2 on the road on Nov. 19, then they dropped three more.

It looked as if Fargo was going to add to the streak rather than snap it on Saturday.


Tri-City scored two goals in the first and two more in the second while the Force's Thomas Weis scored in the first and Luke Gramer scored in the second.

But in the third, Fargo's Tyler Rollwagen scored at 9:23 to pull the Force within one and Bret Link scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 18:19 to force the OT. Link, who assisted on Gramer's goal, and Trevor Griebel had the assists on Palodichuk's game-winner.

Felikss Gavars, Erik Bargholtz, Kyle Smolen and Bryan Huggins all had assists for the Force.

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