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Fargo Force Set for 2014 Skills Competition

02/06/2014, 12:00pm CST
By bwerger

For the third consecutive season, the Fargo Force will put their talents on display in the 2014 Little Ceasars Skills Challenge on Sunday, February 9th beginning at 2:30 PM (CST).

The Force will be split into two squads for the event, with "Team White" being led by defenseman Neal Goff and "Team Blue" led by goaltender Brendan Jensen.  The teams are scheduled to compete in seven different events - fastest skater, accuracy shooting, goalie save competition, hardest shot, freestyle breakaway challenge, skills course, and elimination shootout.

Following the skills events, the teams will compete in a 4-on-4 scrimmage before welcoming the fans to the ice for an open skate with Force players.

Force fans can attend the event for free at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday, plus the Force are broadcasting the event live and for free via FASTHockey, the USHL's online video broadcast provider.

To watch the event, fans can signup for a free FASTHockey account at or can view the live stream of the event on the USHL Facebook page by clicking the FASTHockey tab.

2014 Fargo Force Skills Challenge Teams

White                                               Blue

Neal Goff (D)                                      Brendan Jensen (G)

Tanner Jago (D)                                  Chris Buchanan (D)

Alex Jackstadt (F)                              Mason Morelli (F)

Mike Babcock (F)                               Christian Cakebread (F)

Teemu Kivihalme (D)                           Butrus Ghafari (D)

C.J. Hayes (F)                                    Andrew Zerban (F)

Meirs Moore (D)                                 Cody Longie (D)

Hunter Warner (D)                               J.M. Piotrowski (F)

Mikey Eyssimont (F)                           Andrew McDonald (F)

Mathias Israelsson (G)                        Cam Ashley (F)

                                                         Tyler Hynes (F)



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