Fargo Force

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Fargo Force
Fargo Force Logo.svg
City Fargo, North Dakota
League United States Hockey League
Division West
Founded 2008
Home arena Scheels Arena
Colors

Black, Blue, White

              
Owner(s) Ace Brandt
General manager John Marks
Head coach John Marks
Franchise history
2008–present Fargo Force

The Fargo Force[1][2] is a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team in the Western Conference of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Coaches[edit]

  • Assistant Coach: Byron Pool

History[edit]

In early 2007, Fargo was granted a USHL team, intended as an anchor tenant for the then-under-construction Urban Plains Center, which is now called Scheels Arena. Dean Blais, former coach of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey program, was installed as the franchise's initial coach and general manager. The team was formed, in conjunction with a name-the-team contest to decide what the team would be called. After the choices were narrowed to Fargo Force, Fargo Phantoms, and Fargo Fire, the Force name was chosen. Twelve people submitted the Force name; as a result, they won a dinner with head coach Dean Blais and each received two season tickets to the Force's inaugural season.[3]

As a result of the Force's entry, the area's previous hockey team, the Fargo-Moorhead Jets of the North American Hockey League announced they were leaving the area in April 2008,[4] and folded later that year.[5]

Blais coached the team to the USHL's Clark Cup Finals in 2008-09, leaving to take the head coaching position at Nebraska-Omaha. His successor, Chad Johnson, a former assistant, again led the Force to the Finals in 2009-10. Assistant Jason Herter took over the team in 2010 when Johnson left to join the Lincoln Stars. Jason Herter left after the 2010-11 season to become an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. John Marks became head coach after leaving the same position for the Winkler Flyers in Manitoba, Canada.

Season-by-season record starting 2008[edit]

United States Hockey League

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2008-09 60 32 23 5 69 191 166 1135 3rd Western Conference(1)
2009-10 60 37 17 6 80 227 214 1474 2nd Western Conference(2)
2010-11 60 33 22 5 71 173 151 1201 4th Western Conference(3)
2011-12 60 31 23 6 68 188 160 1007 4th Western Conference(4)
2012-13 64 38 19 7 83 201 187 981 2nd Western Conference(5)
2013-14 60 14 39 7 35 122 229 1275 8th Western Conference(6)

(1)The Force qualified for the USHL playoffs as the conference's third seed and defeated the Omaha Lancers 3-1 in a best-of-five series in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. This advanced Fargo to the Western Conference Finals, where the Force defeated the Lincoln Stars 3-0 in the best-of-five series. The Force then were defeated in the Clark Cup Finals by the Indiana Ice, 3-1.

(2)The Force qualified for the USHL playoffs as the conference's second seed and defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-0 in a best-of-five series in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. This advanced Fargo to the Western Conference Finals, where the Force defeated Omaha 3-2 in the best-of-five series. The Force then were defeated in the Clark Cup Finals by the Green Bay Gamblers, 3-2.

(3)As the fourth seed in the Western Conference, the Force qualified for the USHL playoffs and defeated the Lincoln Stars 2-0 in a best-of-three series in the qualifying round of the Western Conference playoffs. Fargo went to the quarterfinals where the were subsequently swept by the eventual USHL champions, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, in a best-of-five series.

(4)The Force qualified for the USHL playoffs as the conference's fourth seed and defeated the Sioux City Musketeers 2-0 in a best-of-three series in the qualifying round of the Western Conference playoffs. Fargo went to the quarterfinals where they met, and were defeated by, the Lincoln Stars in a best-of-five series 3-1.

(5)The Force enjoyed a very successful season which saw them entering the USHL playoffs as the number 2 seed from the Western Conference. Fargo met the Waterloo Black Hawks in the first round of the playoffs and escaped with a 3-2, best-of-five series win. In the semifinals, the Force ran into the number 1 ranked Sioux Falls Stampede, but were able to dispatch them in a best-of-five series 3-2. The Force made it back to the Clark Cup Finals for the 3rd time in their short history, looking to reverse their fortune of several failed Clark Cup appearances. Unfortunately, Fargo's season would not end in a championship. The Force were eventually swept by the Dubuque Fighting Saints in a best-of-five series.

(5)The Force failed to qualify for any post season action.

Roster[edit]

As of January 3, 2012.

Forwards
# St/Pr/Co Player Shoots Height Weight Birthday Hometown College commitment
12 Minnesota Nate Arentz 6' 1" 185 lbs. Jun 29, 1994 Lakeville, Minnesota None
22 Minnesota Jonny Brodzinski 6' 0" 195 lbs. Jun 19, 1993 Ham Lake, Minnesota St. Cloud State
21 Manitoba Bryn Chyzyk 5' 11" 181 lbs. Nov 5, 1992 Virden, Manitoba North Dakota
24 Missouri Blake Clarke R 6' 2" 197 lbs. Jan 24, 1996 Wildwood, Missouri None
14 Russia Stanislav Dzakhov L 6' 2" 205 lbs. Mar 16, 1993 Moscow, Russia None
11 Illinois Austin Farley 5' 8" 165 lbs. Nov 10, 1993 Park Ridge, Illinois Minnesota–Duluth
8 Florida Gabe Guertler L 5' 9" 170 lbs. May 3, 1995 Plantation, Florida Minnesota
23 Illinois Dave Gust 5' 9" 168 lbs. Feb 21, 1994 Orland Park, Illinois Ohio State
7 Texas Colton Hargrove 6' 2" 212 lbs. Jun 25, 1992 Rockwall, Texas Western Michigan
18 New York Alex Iafallo 5' 11" 165 lbs. Dec 21, 1993 Eden, New York Minnesota–Duluth
19 North Dakota Jordan Nelson L 6' 0" 180 lbs. Apr 16, 1992 Williston, North Dakota None
9 Minnesota A.J. Reid 5' 9" 185 lbs. Sep 9, 1992 Lakeville, Minnesota None
10 Minnesota Nicholas Stoskopf 6' 1" 190 lbs. Jul 3, 1992 Warroad, Minnesota None
Defensemen
# St/Pr/Co Player Shoots Height Weight Birthday Hometown College commitment
2 Alaska Brian Cooper L 5' 10" 180 lbs. Nov 1, 1993 Anchorage, Alaska Nebraska–Omaha
5 Minnesota Willie Corrin 6' 2" 180 lbs. Aug 1, 1991 International Falls, Minnesota Minnesota–Duluth
20 Minnesota Taylor Fleming 5' 10" 180 lbs. Feb 17, 1993 Waconia, Minnesota None
15 Minnesota Neal Goff L 6' 4" 180 lbs. Sep 15, 1993 Stillwater, Minnesota None
4 New York David Mead L 6' 1" 217 lbs. Aug 24, 1992 Conklin, New York None
6 New Jersey Dominic Racobaldo L 6' 2" 216 lbs. Jun 3, 1992 Pennsauken, New Jersey None
3 Minnesota Taylor Richart 5' 9" 155 lbs. Feb 15, 1992 Blaine, Minnesota Miami
13 Illinois Justin Wade 6' 2" 210 lbs. Apr 13, 1994 Aurora, Illinois Notre Dame
Goaltenders
# St/Pr/Co Player Catches Height Weight Birthday Hometown College commitment
29 Minnesota Zane Gothberg L 6' 2" 190 lbs. Aug 20, 1992 Thief River Falls, Minnesota North Dakota
31 Manitoba Reed Peters 6' 2" 170 lbs. Mar 29, 1992 Morden, Manitoba None

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