USHL hockey: Fargo Force gain point but fall in shootout

Omaha scores lone goal in six-shot shootout to get the win over Fargo on Saturday at Scheels Arena.

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FARGO — Omaha overcame Fargo's two-goal lead in the third period and got the lone goal in the shootout to defeat the Force 4-3 on Saturday at Scheels Arena.

On night after going 3 for 6 on the power play, the Force were unsuccessful in eight man-advantage situations. Still, the Force led 3-1 early in the third period on Saturday.

Omaha's Andone Cerbone opened the scoring with a goal at 3:55 of the second period. But Joe Palodichuk tied it with a goal at 12:18 of the second on assists from Harper Bentz and Reid Conn, and Cole Knuble put the Force ahead with a goal just more than a minute later on assists from Mac Swanson and Brasen Boser.

Things looked even more promising when Fargo's Jakob Stender made it 3-1 at 6:03 of the third on assists from JP Turner and Girts Silkalns.

But Omaha's Alex Bump set up Vincent Salice for a goal at 13:01, and then Bump scored the tying goal on the power play at 15:37. After a scoreless overtime, Bump was the lone goal scorer among six Force and Lancer skaters in the shootout.


Fargo goalie Matej Marinov made 26 saves and Omaha's Kevin Pasche stopped 30 of 33 shots.

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The Black Hawks trailed by two goals with just over six minutes left to play but rallied and upended Fargo in overtime on Saturday.