The Force couldn’t catch a break in tonight’s holiday contest vs. the Sioux Falls Stampede. A pair of officially reviewed shots only centimeters away from crossing the line and a lack of shots-on-goal contributed to Fargo’s scoreless 0-2 loss in Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls struck first in tonight’s contest at 8:59 in the first. After a forced turnover the Stampede set themselves up for a two-on-one rush. Sam Rhodes fired in a one-timer off a nice feed from Garrett Pinoniemi giving Sioux Falls a lead they would keep for the rest of the game. The Force were outshot by their opponents in the first 5-11.
Fargo found themselves on the losing side of a pair of official reviews in the second period, having two unbelievably close shots deemed no-goals. The Force improved their shots on goal in the second but they couldn’t find the back of the net, keeping the score at 1-0 Sioux Falls to end the period.
Fargo earned their first power play opportunity of the night a little over halfway through period three. Unfortunately they couldn’t capitalize on their man advantage as they Stampede killed off their first and last power play of the night. With 1:42 remaining the Force pulled their goalie and added an extra attacker onto the ice in an attempt to tie up the game. Fargo had a few good scoring opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net. Sioux Falls retrieved the puck off a rebound and shot one into the empty net to give themselves a 2-0 home ice win.
Brennan Boynton was a bright spot for Fargo stopping 29 of 30 shots, making some huge plays to keep them in the game. The Force finally return to their home ice after three straight weekends on the road. They take on the Sioux City Musketeers at Scheels Arena on December 29th, puck drop at 7:05 p.m.