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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.

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

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