Fargo, ND. – The Tri-City Storm return to action tonight in a road matchup with the Fargo Force after sweeping last weekend’s series against the Omaha Lancers. Tonight’s game is the first meeting of the season between Tri-City and Fargo, and the first matchup of a two-game weekend at Scheels Arena. Tomorrow’s game will mark the end of a four-game road trip for the Storm, who will return home to host the Des Moines Buccaneers next weekend. Puck drop for tonight’s game is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (4-5-1-1) finished the month of October in 3rd place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The team put together a 4-5-0-1 record after dropping its first two games of the season at the USHL Fall Classic in September. Last weekend, Tri-City completed a road sweep of in state rival Omaha following back to back one goal victories. Tri-City has now won three consecutive games and looks to carry the momentum into this weekend’s series against the Fargo Force. For the first time since the 2011-2012 season, the Storm and the Force will play more than four regular season games against each other. Recent years have included four battles per regular season, but this year’s schedule will bring the two teams together an additional three times. Tonight’s game is the first game in the seven game regular season series, and the first meeting between the two teams since Tri-City defeated Fargo 2-1 on December 16th, 2018. The Storm will host the Force in back to back games at the Viaero Center on December 6th, December 7th, and January 25th before returning to Scheels Arena to complete the regular season series on March 13th and March 14th. The Storm split the four game season series with the Force last season.
Fargo (3-3-1-0) will host the Storm tonight at Scheels Arena following back to back home losses last weekend to the Chicago Steel. After hosting Tri-City for two games this weekend, Fargo will play ten of its next thirteen games on the road. The Force enter tonight’s game in 7th place in the Western Conference, and 14th in the USHL league standings. Fargo is led by 1st Year Head Coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux, who skated for Tri-City, and was one of the team’s Alternate Captains during the 2007-2008 season. Lamoureux appeared in fifty regular season games with the Storm and recorded eleven points. He previously served as the Associate Head Coach for the Force for the past two seasons before being named the organizations Head Coach for the 2019-2020 season.
Tonight’s game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.