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Published February 12, 2012, 10:29 AM

Force goalkeeper and Boston Bruins draft pick keeping a level head

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The Fargo Force picked up a split over the weekend, and continue to stay in the hunt for another run to the Clark Cup Finals.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The Fargo Force picked up a split over the weekend, and continue to stay in the hunt for another run to the Clark Cup Finals. A lot of that has to do with Thief River Falls native and future Fighting Sioux Zane Gothberg, who currently ranks in the top four in both major stat categories for Goaltending. Find out how his personality plays a huge role in his success.

If you spend five minutes with Fargo Force Goaltender Zane Gothberg, odds are he'll leave with you a good first impression.

BRYN CHYZYK - Force Forward, UND Commit: “Hanging around Fargo, he'll start up random conversations with just about anybody. That's just the kind of guy he is.”

But, he's also a competitor.

WILLIE CORRIN - Force Defenseman, UMD Commit: “If you score on him in practice. Like I did once or twice and you throw a little celebration. You might see a puck come your way or something like that because he doesn't like getting scored on.”

Gothberg has kept those celebrations to a minimum this season. Highlighted by a 10 game stretch in which he allowed just 15 goals. His 3 shutouts this season tie him with Roseau Native Mike Lee for the franchise record.

“We can't score on him in practice either. No one from other teams are having very much success.”

ZANE GOTHBERG - Force Goaltender, UND Commit: “It doesn't matter how glamorous or flashy you can be, as long as you stop the puck. As long as you give yourself a chance for your team to win, that's the biggest thing.”

The future looks bright, as well, for the Thief River Falls native. He'll join UND next fall, and he's a draft pick of the Boston Bruins. But, like most good goalies do, he's keeping a level head.

“I think that's my mom and my grandma doing the work. They definitely keep me grounded. There's a couple of accolades that I've been fortunate enough to get in my lifetime. But, you still have to be humble. There's guys out there in the hockey world that would love to have my opportunity and take this chance and spot from me. You have to take it for what it is and make sure you bring everything you got each day.”

Which includes that nice guy attitude, something that's helped him excel more than you would think.

“At the end of the day, it's going to be, is this guy in front of me going to block a shot for me at the end of the year because I've been nice to him. Or is he going to think the other way and just lolli-gag to the puck and try and make me save it and stuff. So, everything kind of works out together.”

Gothberg and the Force are currently 4th in the Western conference. The team is at Waterloo on Friday.