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Force Captain Picks Western Michigan University

04/29/2014, 12:00pm CDT
By bwerger

Fargo Force defenseman Neal Goff has committed to play college hockey at Western Michigan University beginning next season.

Goff was named the captain of the Force at the beginning of the season and went on to record nine points (2g, 7a) and 98 penalty minutes over 58 games.  The 6-4, 210-pound defenseman had a memorable final USHL game as he converted the deciding shootout tally against the Des Moines Buccaneers in the 2-1 win on April 5th.  It was the first USHL career shootout attempt for Goff who played 147 regular season games in the League, accumulating 24 points (9g, 15a) and 214 penalty minutes. 

The Stillwater, Minnesota native also appeared in 19 USHL playoff games, which included helping the Force reach the Clark Cup Final series in 2013.  The 20-year-old native of Stillwater, Minnesota came to Fargo after playing high school hockey in his hometown.

Goff is joined by fellow Force defenseman Butrus Ghafari who is also committed to the Western Michigan University.  Eight other players that competed in the USHL this season also have plans to attend the school; Scott Moldenhauer (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Willem Nong-Lambert (Des Moines Buccaneers), Corey Schueneman (Des Moines Buccaneers), Frederik Tiffels (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Aidan Muir (Indiana Ice), Luke Shiplo (Lincoln Stars), Matt Iacopelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks), and Griffen Molino (Sioux Falls Stampede).

Western Michigan University is a member of the newly-formed NCHC and had 17 USHL alumni on the Broncos roster this season; Mike McKee (Lincoln Stars),Matt Stewart (Green Bay Gamblers), Kenney Morrison (Omaha Lancers), Sheldon Dries (Green Bay Gamblers), Chris Dienes (Fargo/Cedar Rapids), Dennis Brown (Omaha/Lincoln), Chase Balisy (Team USA), Colton Hargrove (Fargo Force), Jordan Oesterle (Sioux Falls Stampede), Nolan LaPorte (Green Bay Gamblers), Justin Kovacs (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Taylor Fleming (Fargo Force), Kyle Novak (Green Bay Gamblers), Shane Berschbach (Indiana Ice), Mike Cichy (Indiana/Tri-City), Will Kessel (Green Bay Gamblers), and Lukas Hafner (Lincoln Stars).

USHL stats – Neal Goff


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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