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Published April 06 2012

Stampede trump Fargo in shootout

FARGO – Gambles are part of the territory with a name like Sam Rothstein.

Rothstein, in a scoreless shootout, flew down the ice going left, but at the last second pushed his stick and the puck to the right. The move paid off as it was the game-winning goal in the Sioux Falls Stampede’s 3-2 shootout win over the Fargo Force on Friday night at Scheels Arena.

“It’s something I’ve been working on in practice,” said Rothstein, who shares the same name as Robert De Niro’s character from the film, “Casino”. “I went third so I saw the goalie’s tendencies and that gave me an idea of what I could do.”

What Rothstein did was bring life to a Stampede (17-34-6) team that is last in the Western Conference. His goal also brought to life a few worries from Force coach John Marks, whose team is in fourth place.

The Force (30-21-6) fell into a 2-0 hole before responding in the third with two goals, sending the game into an extra frame.

Marks said the team’s third-period desperation effort should have started in the first period.

“We just came out kind of ho-hum and really it was disrespectful,” Marks said. “There are some things that really bothered me. They really are bothering me.”

Marks’ outlined his worries as:

E A team struggling to find consistency at Game 57 in a 60-game season.

E Not getting a full effort from players who aren’t guaranteed in the playoffs.

E Finally, the fear of complacency.

The Force, just a week ago blasted the Stampede 8-0, only to lose in a shootout this time.

Goaltender Charlie Lindgren was a big reason why. Lindgren overcame the Force’s two late goals to shutout and shutdown any chance of a go-ahead goal.

His strongest save came with about three minutes left, when Dominic Toninato lofted a puck that appeared to be going over Lindgren’s shoulder.

Lindgren, who catches with his right hand, grabbed the puck as he was lying on his stomach.

“Definitely, you get confidence after something like that,” said Lindgren whose team was outshot 15-2 in the third. “Fargo’s a good team in this league, so to get a win against them is big for us.”

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1. SF, Rankin (Skriving), 5:38

THIRD PERIOD: 2. SF, Rothstein (Rankin, Skirving), pp., 1:24. 3. F, Farley (Chyzyk, Corrin), 1:54 4. F, Chyzyk (Farley), pp., 7:26.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SHOOTOUT: SF 1; F 0

SAVES: F, Peters 7-7-2-1 17 saves; SF, Lindgren 10-8-13-4 37 saves

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

Clark’s Force blog can be found

at slightlychilled.areavoices.com