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Published May 12, 2009, 07:21 PM

An improving Force putting fear into the USHL

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The wild ride that was the Fargo Force hockey season came to an end Friday night, but not before the first year franchise gave us plenty to remember. WDAY 6's Dom Izzo caught up with head coach and GM Dean Blais today for a look back and a peek ahead. “To do what we've done is pretty incredible, one of the few expansion teams to that, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The wild ride that was the Fargo Force hockey season came to an end Friday night, but not before the first year franchise gave us plenty to remember. WDAY 6's Dom Izzo caught up with head coach and GM Dean Blais today for a look back and a peek ahead.

“To do what we've done is pretty incredible, one of the few expansion teams to that, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

That's putting it mildly; the first year team sat seven games under 500 in early December. They finished the season losing just nine times in their final 38 games and then swept they're first two playoff opponents.

“Our goal was to win one of two in Omaha, then we won three straight, win at least one in Lincoln and we swept there. Guys believed we could win every game and that wasn't the case at the start of the year.”

Perhaps the biggest reason for Fargo’s success was between the pipes thanks to USHL Goalie of the Year Mike Lee.

“He definitely met all expectations, and the defense got better as the year went on.”

Now with year one in the rearview mirror, the club is in full preps for next season and it knows the bar has been set high.

We don't know if next year's team will improve at the same rate as this year, if they do, they'll be scary good.”

A thought that may make the rest of the USHL frightened. When asked about possibly coaching a start up college team next year, Blais said he fully intends to coach the Force next season.

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