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Forum staff reports, Published March 28 2009

Taranto, Leitner lead Force over Tri-City

GRAFTON, N.D. – Andy Taranto and Matt Leitner teamed up on four goals as the Fargo Force defeated Tri-City 6-2 in United States Hockey League play Friday in front of 603 in attendance.

Taranto and Leitner each had two goals and two assists. They assisted on each other’s goals.

Force goalie Mike Lee stopped 21 of 23 shots.

The game was played in Grafton after officials decided to move this weekend’s games out of Fargo because of the flood.

The Force host Tri-City tonight at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, TC, Illo (DeCenzo, Massie) 2:10. 2, F, Taranto (Leitner, McDermott) 8:31 (pp). 3, F, Taranto (Franks, Leitner) 13:59 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 4, F, Leitner (Taranto, Areshenko) 1:02 (pp). 5, F, Franks (Condon, Stafne) 2:37. 6, TC, Bailey (Nugent) 6:41.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, F, Leitner (Taranto) :09. 8, F, Gunner (Condon, Witkowski) 12:01.

SAVES: TC, Massie 13, Margitan 24. F, Lee 21.