The Force fired in 44 shots on goal but Sioux City’s goalie Akira Schmid put up a wall In the net stopping 42 of them and leading the Musketeers to a 3-2 win.
Period one remained scoreless in tonight’s contest despite a dominant offensive performance by the Force, outshooting their opponents 17-6. No penalties were dealt in period one either keeping the playing field level for the entire first period.
6:48 into period two Sioux City tallied the first goal of the night. A shot from the circle was deflected over the shoulder of Boynton to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead. Fargo had a pair of powerplay opportunities in the second but Akira Schmid, the netminder for Sioux City, kept the doors shut. Again the Force heavily outshot their opponents, this time 15-6.
The third period saw the most action of the night, with a pair of goals from each team. Chase Bradley of the Musketeers kicked off the scoring with a powerplay goal at 7:13 giving Sioux City a 2-0 lead. With 2:19 remaining Mason Salquist fired in Fargo’s first goal of the night, a one-timer from the right circle. With a little over a minute left to play Fargo once again pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, but this time it was the Musketeers that scored on an empty Fargo net with only nine seconds remaining. With one second remaining Ryan Richardson sent in Fargo’s second goal of the night but it wasn’t quite enough. The Musketeers came away with a 3-2 win.
The Force are hitting the road for a three game weekend starting in Waterloo on the 26th then on to Sioux Falls on the 27th and finally a trip to Lincoln for an afternoon game on the 28th