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USHL hockey: Force score two third-period goals to hold off Omaha

Ty Henricks and Charlie Russell scored goals that re-established two-goal leads Sunday and Fargo swept a two-game road series from the Lancers.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Ty Henricks and Charlie Russell scored third-period goals and the Fargo Force held off Omaha 5-3 on Sunday.

The Force took both weekend games at Omaha and are tied with Lincoln atop the Western Conference standings.

Fargo's Bret Link scored his sixth goal of the season with just 48 seconds left in the first period on an assist from Mac Swanson. Swanson then scored at 3:06 of the second on assists from Joe Palodichek and Russell, and German Yavash scored unassisted at 16:17 for a 3-0 lead.

But Omaha's Aleksi Kivioja scored late in the second and the Lancers pulled within a goal when Marcus Broberg scored at 9:39 of the third. But Henricks scored unassisted about a minute after Broberg's goal to re-establish a two-goal lead. Omaha's Charlie Lurie scored at 16:59 to make it 4-3 Force, but Russell scored an empty netter at 18:45 on an assist from Anthony Menghini to ice the win.

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