USHL hockey: Force collapse in final minute, lose to Stars in overtime

Lincoln scored two goals in the final 41 seconds of regulation to tie the game, then scored 27 seconds into OT to down Fargo on Friday at Scheels Center.

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FARGO — The Fargo Force fell apart in the last minute of regulation, then gave up a goal 27 seconds into overtime and lost 4-3 to the Lincoln Stars on Friday before 3,536 at Scheels Center.

Trailing 1-0, the Force scored three goals in a span of four minutes late in the third period to take command. Bret Link's second goal of the third period, a short-handed, empty-net goal at 19:12, seemingly iced the game at 3-1 Force.

But, still on the power play, Lincoln's Mason Marcellus scored just seven seconds after Link's goal, and the Stars' Doug Grimes tied it with a goal with just one second left in regulation. Lincoln's Boston Buckberger won it with a goal 27 seconds into OT.

Both of Link's goals — the first at 15:13 of the third — were unassisted. Fargo's Leo Gruba scored the game-tying goal at 15:13 of the third on assists from Owen Mehlenbacher and Zam Plante.

Lincoln goalie Cameron Whitehead stopped 33 of 35 shots, including one save in OT. Fargo's Anton Castro made 32 saves.


The Force and the Stars wrap up a two-game series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Scheels Center.

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