The Lincoln Stars could not stop the Fargo Force in dropping the first game of their best-of-five USHL semifinal playoff series 4-1 last night at the Ice Box.
Andy Taranto scored his sixth goal of the playoffs and second game-winning goal in as many games for the Force. Chase Grant chipped in two goals and dished out one assist after being held scoreless in his first three games of the playoffs. Mike Lee made 37 saves in goal to earn the victory as Fargo remains unbeaten this playoff season.
Eric Meland had the lone goal for Lincoln, his first goal of the playoffs.
The teams will meet again in Lincoln on Friday for Game Two of the series.