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Published March 29, 2012, 06:54 PM

Gothberg latest in line of great Force goalies

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Force fans have grown used to watching fantastic goalie play. Through the first three years of the franchise they've seen two goalies excel, Mike Lee and Ryan Massa. Both went on to start for D-1 teams. There's another who'll join that list, and Zane Gothberg may be the best of the bunch.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Force fans have grown used to watching fantastic goalie play. Through the first three years of the franchise they've seen two goalies excel, Mike Lee and Ryan Massa. Both went on to start for D-1 teams. There's another who'll join that list, and Zane Gothberg may be the best of the bunch.

Zane Gothberg – Force Goaltender: “When you're in the zone you don't really get distracted too much. You just out there and play hockey, that’s the biggest thing. When you get thinking too much you get yourself in trouble, or when you try to do too many things you’re not capable of doing. That’s when you really get yourself in trouble. You play the best hockey when you’re just having fun out there and not thinking about it at all.”

Gothberg has stopped nearly everything in front of him this year for the Force and in the process is shattering records. He already holds the team record for shutouts and leads the league in the stat, while he's 2nd in save percentage and third in wins. His head coach says everyone is paying attention.

John Marks – Force Head Coach: “He's earned everything he's getting up to now. There’s no question that he’s having a great year. That’s all thanks to tremendous work ethic. He certainly shows all the attributes of being a National Hockey League goalie. You certainly don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but I know Boston – who drafted him – are really high on him.”

Zane Gothberg: “It’s tough to keep a level head, but my family and my friends keep me grounded in a sense. Whereas a person can only do so much, the team has to contribute as well. I feel that if I can help the team as much as I can and contribute as much as I can to win hockey games and eventually win a Clark Cup. I'll do everything in my power to help that out.”

The Force have just six games remaining in the regular season, tomorrow they travel to Sioux Falls....

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