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Force S/O Chicago in Game 1

By Force Staff, 05/14/21, 10:00PM CDT

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A suffocating Fargo Force defense, 26 save shut out from Andrew Miller (his second S/O in a row), 4/4 on the PK against the #1 ranked powerplay team in the league, and three goals from three different players all contributed to the Force’s dominant 3-0 in tonight’s game one of the Clark Cup Final.

The action in period one kicked off with a penalty against Aaron Huglen 3:17 into period one sending the Steel into the first powerplay of the game. A pair of big saves from Force goaltender Andrew Miller and a solid PK performance shut down the powerful Chicago offence in the first penalty of the game. It was Force forward, and Chicago native Kyle Smolen who struck first banging home the first goal of the Clark Cup Final series at 7:27 in period one. Ryan Richardson created some action in front of the net with a shot and a rebound that was ultimately buried by Smolen, putting the Force up 1-0.

With 4:59 remaining in the opening frame Jack Peart added a second tally for Fargo. He took the puck down the ice, froze the D in front of him with a calculated stutter move, and passed the puck to Matt Crasa who skated in from behind him. He then cut down low and fired in a feed from Crasa putting the Force up 2-0. Period one came to a close with a two-point Force lead and Fargo leading in SOG as well 10-9.

Period two saw no scoring however opportunities presented themselves for both teams. Each saw a powerplay opportunity in the second frame but neither capitalized, the second frame closed with the Force still holding a 2-0 lead and up in shots on goal 18-14.

At 7:32 into the final frame Fargo put another nail in the coffin, this time on a bar down beauty from Aaron Huglen. He ripped one in at the right circle off a backhanded set up from Nick Strom. Chicago went on two powerplays and the Force went on three in the final frame but again neither team scored.

The Force came away with a 3-0 shutout win over Chicago in night one of the Clark Cup Finals and will look to repeat that again in game two tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.