Witkowski, Luke

Fargo Drops First of Playoffs; Victoria Opens RBC With Unlikely Loss

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1

Fargo falls to 7-1 in the playoffs, 1-1 in the Finals ... RBC Cup opens with host Victoria snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Deja-Vu: Force Takes Game 1 on the Road

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Clark Cup Finals[/b] [b] Fargo Force 2 @ Indiana Ice 1[/b] [b] Fargo leads Best of 5 series 1-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, +4, 8 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force improved to 5-0 on the road in the playoffs, this time getting a Game 1 win in Indiana over the Ice. Both teams fighting for the Clark Cup were No.3 seeds in their respective divisions, but Indiana had the better record. Fargo remains undefeated in the playoffs despite being the lower seed in every series. Witkowski and the Force were down 1-0 in the third before scoring twice late to steal the win, the game winner coming with under a minute left in the game. Game 2 is Saturday in Indianapolis.

Fargo to Finals; Giants Drop Game 5 at Home

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/25[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Division Finals[/b] [b] Lincoln Stars 0 @ Fargo Force 2[/b] [b] Fargo wins Best of 5 series 3-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 1 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +4, 8 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force improved to 6-0 in the playoffs with their second straight series sweep, this time over West No.1 seed Lincoln. Fargo advances to the Clark Cup Finals, where they will await the winner of Green Bay and Indiana, who are currently tied 1-1 in their best of five series. [b]WHL Playoffs – Conference Finals[/b] [b] Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Vancouver Giants 0 [/b] [b] Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 3-2[/b] [i]C [b][url=/james-wright]James Wright[/url][/b], VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM (fighting) [/i] Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, E, 11 PIM Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM Mark Guggenberger (undrafted) stopped 25 shots for the shutout and Kelowna got a first period goal from Ryley Grantham (Flames) to win Game 5 1-0 and take a 3-2 series advantage. Kelowna was outshot by James Wright and the Giants, 25-23. Wright was involved in one of two first period fights between the teams, taking on Cody Almond (Wild). The Rockets can advance to the WHL Finals with a win at home in Game 6 on Monday.

Fargo One Win Away from Finals

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/24[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Division Finals[/b] [b] Fargo Force 7 @ Lincoln Stars 3[/b] [b] Fargo leads Best of 5 series 2-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 6 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force remained just that as they improved to 5-0 in the playoffs and 4-0 on the road in defeating the Stars in Lincoln 7-3. Fargo raced to a very early 3-0 lead and was up 4-2 by the end of the opening period. That proved to be enough, but they still added three goals, including Witkowski’s power play goal early in the third period. Fargo can close out the series and move to the Clark Cup Finals with a win Saturday night at home.

Fargo Steals Game 1; Rimouski Done ... For Now

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/22[/b][/i] Fargo wins again in Nebraska ... Drummondville bullies the Oceanic ... John Tavares and other CHL notes.

Volts Too Strong for Oceanic; Giants Take Lead

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/21[/b][/i] Drummondville has Oceanic on ropes … Giants get late goal to lead series … Cunti and Wright continue to get points … Note on Vancouver-Kelowna rivalry … Fargo begins Lincoln series Wednesday.

Fargo Advances; Wright Helps Vancouver Force Game 7

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/13

Wright's big game sends series to seventh game ... Fadden finished ... Witkowski scores first playoff goal as Force advances.

Fargo on Brink of Upset

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/11

USHL – Division Semifinals

Fargo Force 4 @ Omaha Lancers 2
Fargo leads Best of 5 series 2-0
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM

Witkowski and No.3 Fargo completed the road sweep of No.2 Omaha, and return home Sunday to try to close out the series in North Dakota.

In the CHL, Kelowna (over Fadden's Americans), Cape Breton (Ward), and Spokane (Tokarski) can all close out their series Sunday.

Tokarski Stops 60 in 4OT Win; Barberio's Season Ends

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/10

Witkowski and Fargo strike first ... Cunti and L'Oceanic moving on to face Volts ... Tokarski comes out a winner in second longest WHL game ever ... Barberio going home ... Fadden watches as Ams fall at home.

Ward's Career Night Sparks Cape Breton to Commanding Series Lead

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/5

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Quebec Remparts 3
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 2-0
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 7-27-34, +9, 105 PIM

Cape Breton swept the series' opening games in Quebec City and their 2-0 lead heading back to the island looks huge. Ward’s three assist sets a career high for assists in a game. He has reached three points in a game one other time, that coming December 28 vs. PEI (1-2-3) - his second game with the Screaming Eagles after being traded from Lewiston. Two of Ward's assists Sunday came on the power play and one was shorthanded. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sydney.

USHL Note
Luke Witkowski and West No.3 Fargo will begin their Best of 5 first round series with No.2 Omaha on Friday in Nebraska.

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