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28 Force Alumni to Play in NCAA Tournament

March 27, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Fargo Force News Release

FARGO, N.D. - The Fargo Force will be represented by 28 alumni playing for a national championship in the NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament when it begins on Friday.

UMass leads the way with five Force alums, Minnesota State has four, and St. Cloud State has three.

Jared Hilderman and Riley Tufte won a national championship with Minnesota Duluth last season and will look to become the first team to repeat as champions since Denver in 2004 and 2005.

Fans can watch St. Cloud State, American International, Ohio State, and Denver compete in the West Regional at Scheels Arena this Friday and Saturday.

The complete list of Force alumni competing in the NCAA tournament is below (minimum 5 games played for the Force):

UMass: Ty Farmer, Niko Hildenbrand, Mitchell Chafee, Jake McLaughlin, Matt Murray

Minnesota State: Shane McMahan, Charlie Gerard, Mathias Israelsson, Ian Scheid

St. Cloud State: Spencer Meier, Blake Lizotte, Easton Brodzinski

Minnesota Duluth: Riley Tufte, Jarod Hilderman

Notre Dame: Jack Jenkins, Michael Graham

Clarkson: Brian Hurley, Jere Astren, Cam Ginnetti

Cornell: Cody Haiskanen, Matt Cairns

Bowling Green: Carson Musser, Evan Dougherty

Quinnipiac: William Fallstrom, Odeen Tufto

Arizona State: Jack Rowe

Ohio State: Austin Pooley

AIC: Hugo Reinhardt

The schedule for the first round of the tournament is below:

Regional Home vs. Away Day Time TV

Northeast UMass vs. Harvard Friday, March 29 3pm ESPN2

West Ohio State vs. Denver Friday, March 29 4pm ESPNU

Northeast Notre Dame vs. Clarkson Friday, March 29 6:30pm ESPNU

West St. Cloud State vs. American Int'l Friday, March 29 7:30pm ESPN3

East Minnesota St. vs. Providence Saturday, March 30 1pm ESPNews

Midwest Minn. Duluth vs. Bowling Green Saturday, March 30 4pm ESPNU

East Cornell vs. Northeastern Saturday, March 30 4:30pm ESPNews

Midwest Arizona St. vs. Quinnipiac Saturday, March 30 7:30pm ESPN3

The Force will return to Scheels Arena Apr. 5-6 for their final home series of the regular season against Team USA. Puck drop for Friday and Saturday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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