Big plays from the goaltenders on both sides contributed to tonight’s low scoring, 2-1 overtime victory for Des Moines. Andrew Miller of the Force stopped 29 out of 31 shots and Remington Keopple of the Buccaneers stopped 22 out of 23 shots.
Having lost 5-3 Friday night, the Bucs came out flying, outshooting Fargo 14 to 5 in the first period. Andrew Miller, the Force’s netminder, made some big saves, helping to keep the score at an even zero-zero to end period one.
Period two saw the only two regulation time goals of the game. The first came from Tyler Young of the Buccaneers. 7:22 into the second he managed to sneak one past Miller to give Des Moines their first lead of the weekend. Fargo followed up with a goal of their own shortly after. Scoring for the Force was Matt Crasa off an assist from Trevor Griebel, to tie it up at 1-1.
The third period was full of opportunities for both teams, but neither could capitalize. A pair of penalties from the Force gave the Buccs two different power play opportunities and one against Des Moines gave Fargo a power play opportunity of its own. But the goaltenders on both sides remained rock solid giving up nothing, leading to a 1-1 sudden death over-time.
Overtime was short lived, as the Bucs scored only 28 seconds in on a 2 on 1 rush. Miller had an outstanding night in the net to help the Force earn a point in the 2-1 OT loss to the Bucs.
The Force, now 9-1-2 & in 1st place in the Western Conference, return to action on the 26th to take on the Stampede in Sioux Falls. Happy Holidays Force Fanatics - we truly appreciate your support!