Pierre-Paul Lamoureux wins first game as Fargo Force coach

Eli Rosendahl (left), Cary Eades (center) and Pierre-Paul Lamoureux, the coaching staff of the Fargo Force, stand behind the bench at Scheels Arena.

Grand Forks native Pierre-Paul Lamoureux made his head coaching debut Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

It was a successful one.

Lamoureux's Fargo Force beat the Lincoln Stars 3-0 in the United States Hockey League's Fall Classic, the annual event to open each season.

Lamoureux, 32, took over for Cary Eades in the offseason. Eades, who had been working as both the team's general manager and head coach, opted to just handle the general manager duties and hand over coaching to Lamoureux.

In the season opener, the Force scored twice in the first period -- the season-opening goal by Casey McDonald was assisted by Grand Forks native Mason Salquist -- and added another goal late in the third period.


Goaltender Cole Brady posted a 30-save shutout.

The Force are led by an all-local coaching staff.

Grand Forks native Eli Rosendahl is the associate head coach and Grafton's Chad Demers is the assistant coach.

After Lamoureux earned his first win, Eades sent his congratulations.

Fargo plays against Waterloo in its second Fall Classic game at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Fargo's home opener is Oct. 11 against Omaha in Scheels Arena.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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