Fargo Goalies Share Rivalry Over World Series
Thursday October 25, 2012
Cam Johnson and Brendan Jensen are both rooting for their hometown teams in the World Series, leading to a battle of bragging rights in the Fargo Force locker room. (photo courtesy of the Fargo Force)
Rookie netminders in Fargo have bragging rights on the line in baseball playoffs
Goalies Cam Johnson and Brendan Jensen for the Fargo Force are used to battling for a spot in the net for each game, but recently the friendly rivalry has turned its attention off the ice and with another sporting event – the World Series.
Johnson is from the Detroit area and naturally his favorite baseball team is the Tigers while Jensen hails from just south of San Francisco and has an allegiance towards the Giants. The seven-game series between the Major League Baseball clubs will determine the championship, but will also be a battle for bragging rights between the two USHL goaltenders.
Brendan Jensen likes the chances of his Giants winning their second World Series over the last couple years, “Because we have been the comeback kids all playoffs and are going to ride it through to the end!”
Of course his counterpart, Cam Johnson, doesn’t agree, “Because we have ‘JV’ (pitcher Justin Verlander) and the best bats in the league.”
Johnson likes the combination of Verlander (the 2011 Cy Young Award winner) and recent Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to lead the Tigers to a series victory, but Jensen and many Giants fans are riding their hopes on Pablo ‘Panda’ Sandoval, especially after he hit a record three home runs in Game One of the World Series.
Baseball playoffs have given the goaltenders additional reason to share some “trash talk” about a summer sport to coincide with their friendly “chirps” over their chosen winter sport.
“I have the better chirps. Jensen’s chirp game is softer than baby food,” said Johnson.
“I have more factual chirps. Cam’s are most hostile,” says Jensen.
No matter the outcome of the World Series and the winner of bragging rights, the Fargo Force goaltenders are both focused on their first season in the USHL, making each other better, and helping their team by stopping the puck each game.
USHL stats - Cam Johnson
USHL stats - Brendan Jensen
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