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Tri-City surrenders goal in final minute, falls to Fargo 3-2

By Kendall Grayson, 11/02/19, 9:00PM PDT


Benji Eckerle nets two goals in Storm loss

Fargo, ND – The Tri-City Storm surrendered a goal with 57 seconds left in the 3rd period and fell to the Fargo Force by a final score of 3-2 Saturday night at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. Benji Eckerle scored both of the Storm’s goals in the loss. Tri-City’s four game win streak came to end, and the team now returns home to the Viaero Center in Kearney for the first time in four games for a home series against the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday and Saturday. Tickets to Tri-City’s upcoming home games can be purchased via, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop for Friday’s home game at the Viaero Center is set for 7:05pm.


Kaden Bohlsen scored on Fargo’s first shot of the game just over a minute into the 1st period to give the Force a 1-0 lead over the Storm. The goal was Bohlsen’s third of the season and was scored at 1:17 of the 1st period. Tri-City tied the game just over halfway through the period on Benji Eckerle’s fourth goal of the year. The goal was scored at 10:05 of the 1st period and was assisted by Nicholas Donato and Andrius Kulbis-Marino. Tri-City outshot Fargo 10-9, and the 1st period ended in a 1-1 tie.


With less than five minutes to go in the 2nd period, Benji Eckerle scored his second goal of the night and fifth goal of the year to give the Storm a 2-1 lead. Eckerle’s goal was scored at 15:40 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Joe Berg and Ian Murphy. The goal was scored on the power play and gave Tri-City a one goal lead entering the 3rd period. Tri-City outshot Fargo 9-6 in the 2nd period.


Fargo tied the game on a goal by Mason Salquist at 8:39 of the 3rd period. The goal was his second of the season and was assisted by Alex Nordstrom and Jack Robilotti. With under one minute to play, the Force broke the 2-2 tie on a goal from Alex Nordstrom. The goal was scored at 19:03 of the 3rd period and was the game winning goal. Fargo outshot Tri-City 11-5 in the 3rd period and 26-24 in the game.


After playing its last four games on the road, Tri-City returns home for a two-game series against the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday and Saturday. The weekend is headlines by the Storm’s annual Military Appreciation Night game on Saturday.


Friday’s game is scheduled 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 or call 308-338-8144.