An early goal for the Steel and two empty netters at the end gave Chicago their first win of the Clark Cup Finals in tonight’s contest. The Force and the Steel are now even at 1-1 in this best of five championship series.
Game two of the Clark Cup Finals had a very different start for the Steel as they came out hot scoring goal just 1:01 into the first period. The opening goal from Chicago was followed shortly after by a Force powerplay, but Fargo wasn’t able to capitalize on their first man advantage of the night. Then at 7:18 into the first Chicago sent their second player of the night to the box giving the Force a powerplay chance once again. This time they capitalized with a shot from Aaron Huglen redirected in by Austin Wong tying up the game at 1-1. Just over three minutes later the Steel snuck another one in past a stickless Miller, bringing the score to 2-1. The period closed with a one goal Chicago lead and the teams locked in at 11 shots on goal apiece.
Similar to last night period two was scoreless thanks to some huge saves by the goalies on both sides of the ice. Both Chicago and Fargo had 3 penalties called against them in the second resulting in two powerplays apiece as well as some 4 on 4 hockey. Neither team scored on their man advantages and the period once again ended with a 2-1 lead for Chicago.
The Force saw some big chances in the third but couldn’t manage to find the back of the net thanks to a solid performance by Chicago’s defense and their goalie Simon Latkoczy. Force netminder Andrew Miller played lights out in the third period making some unbelievable saves to keep Fargo within striking distance the whole way through. With just over two minutes remaining Fargo pulled their goalie and sent out an extra attacker onto the ice. The Force saw some good looks with their man advantage but an unfortunate puck turnover in the middle resulted in a Steel empty netter, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead. With just over 30 seconds left the Steel sent in another goal on an empty Fargo net, taking home a 4-1 win in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Finals.
The Fargo Force and the Chicago Steel are now tied at 1 game apiece as they prepare to head to Fargo for games 3 and 4 kicking off on Friday, May 21 at 7:05 PM.