A three-game winning streak. Second place in the Western Conference. Looks like things are going well for the Fargo Force these days.
Not to damper things for Force fans but there was a bit of bad news. With Warroad and Blaine winning this weekend in the Minnesota High School sectional round, that’s more time the Force are losing on Nick Stoskopf and Jonathan Brodzinski.
If you’re a Force fan, you’re hoping both Blaine and Warroad lose in the section final or in the first game of the state tournament, if both teams make it that far. Remember, these high school guys have to play a minimum of 10 games with the Force to have veteran status and return to the team next year. If not, then they go back on the market and the Force would have to draft them.
Brodzinski, a Mr. Hockey candidate, ended the regular season on a tear having scored six goals in four games. He was held scoreless’ in Blaine’s opening round game against Coon Rapids, which was a 4-1 win. Blaine hasn’t lost in a month and on Tuesday it faces Osseo, which could be a win given Blaine swept the season series. The section finals could be interesting because if Blaine plays Maple Grove, this could be the game that sends Brodzinski to the Force.
Maple Grove has gone unbeaten in 15 games including a 10-game winning streak has become one of the best teams in Minnesota this season. Maple Grove has also beaten Blaine too.
Then there’s Warroad which got pushed to the limits over the weekend by East Grand Forks in a 3-2 overtime win. Warroad gets the winner of Thief River Falls (land of Zane Gothberg)/Lake of the Woods. Not sure how many people follow Minnesota hockey, but know this. Lake of the Woods goalie Alex Lyon is a-freaking-mazing. He’s the best goalie in the state and if that guy is on, good luck.
Stoskopf has been solid for Warroad with six points in two games. He’s a guy that Jason Herter likened to Nick Oliver, which isn’t a bad thing. Oliver might not score goals like Jimmy Mullin, but he eats minutes, he’s someone that can play on the penalty kill and he’s the kind of forward that can go to the dirty areas and stick it out.
That’s the update on the high school guys the Force have tabs on. Hope everyone’s Monday is going well. Things over here are going quite well. Its even better when you have Monday off and you’re watching the much loved TSN back in the home and native land.
Take care everybody.