he Force came out strong tonight in Waterloo, building an 3-0 lead early in the 2nd period, and managed to hold off the Blackhawks, coming away with a 3-2 win in night one of the two game series. Two goals from Tristan Broz and a big penalty shot save from Boynton secured the win tonight for Fargo.
The Force came alive in the second half of period one scoring their first goal of the night with right around seven minutes left to play. After a delayed penalty call on Waterloo the Force sent out their sixth attacker, Ryan Richardson giving themselves a man advantage. Richardson sent the puck to Strom who centered it up to be redirected in by Austin Wong.
With 2:45 left to play in the period the teams were skating 4 on 4 as Wong and Broz found themselves in a 2 on 1 situation heading down the ice. Wong faked a shot, then slid the puck backdoor to Broz, who tapped it in the open net, giving Fargo a 2-0 lead to end the first.
Tristan Broz scored Fargo’s third goal of the game, his second of the night, just 18 seconds into the second period. Nick Strom set up Broz with a nifty cross crease pass, his second assist of the night. The Blackhawks responded with a goal of their own just 34 seconds later, bringing the score to 3-1. With a minute remaining Waterloo took advantage of their third powerplay of the night, cutting the Fargo lead down to one.
The Force remained on top with a 3-2 lead then with a little over 9 minutes remaining a puck got away from the Force and was taken down the ice by Waterloo forward Owen Ozar. In an attempt to stop the breakaway Ozar was tripped up by Force D-man and Waterloo was awarded a penalty shot. Boynton made a big stop in the net for Fargo and prevented the Black Hawks from tying up the score. The Force held Waterloo to just six shots on goal in the final period and came away with a big 3-2 win.
The Fargo Force improve to 17-9-2 on the season and remain atop the Western Conference. We’re back for round two in Waterloo tomorrow night, puck drop at 6:05 PM.