The Force came out firing scoring 5 goals in the first 12:25 tonight, cruising to a dominant 8-2 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede.
The Broz, Huglen, Monds line led the Force onslaught, scoring 4 of Fargo’s 8 goals and tallying 11 total points amongst the three of them.
Kicking off the scoring for Fargo was Cody Monds, with a top-shelf, glove-side goal just 1:18 into the game. He was assisted on the play by Tristan Broz. The Monds-Broz duo followed up their first goal with a second a little over three minutes later. Ryan Siedem started a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play, sliding it across to Monds, who then went back door to a wide open Broz.
12 seconds later Sioux Falls answered with their first goal of the night bringing the score to 2-1. 6:05into period one Mason Salquist scored on the third Force goal on the powerplay. One minute later, and still on the powerplay, the Force scoring barrage continued. Bear Hughes tipped in a shot from Tristan Broz giving Fargo a 4-1 lead before the halfway point of period one.
With 7:35 remaining in the first, Aaron Huglen added on goal number five, with a spectacular individual effort. He maneuvered past two Sioux Falls defensemen and ripped one in bar down. The Force closed out period one with a big 5-1 lead.
Sioux Falls struck first in the second with a shorthanded breakaway goal from Luke Toporowski 5:21 into the period. 17 seconds later the Force took back their 4-point lead with another goal from Aaron Huglen. He fired one in near side of a crossing pass from Bear Hughes for his second goal of the night. Also assisting on the play was Tristan Broz, his fourth assist of the night.
With 4:26 remaining, Ryan Richardson tacked on another Fargo goal. Matt Crasa created the opportunity after intercepting a Stampede pass. He then sent the puck over to Richardson who fired it in top shelf from the left circle, giving Fargo a 7-2 lead.
There was only one goal scored in period three, but it was a beauty. Kyle Smolen sent in the final goal of the game over the left shoulder of the Stampede netminder off a backhanded spin pass from Jake Braccini, bringing the score to the final of 8-2. The Force outshot their opponents 36-14 and came away with a dominant win in night one of the two game series. The Force face off against the Stampede again tomorrow for Pucks & Paws night, puck drop is at 6:05 PM!