The Fargo Force defended home ice in their 1-0-win Waterloo Blackhawks in tonight’s matchup. Force Netminder Louden Hogg was a brick wall between the pipes putting up a perfect 17/17 saves in his first ever USHL shutout. Force veteran Kyle Smolen tallied the lone goal for the Force midway through the second period off a feed from Tomas Weis.
Although scoreless, the Force were dominant in the opening frame with outshooting the Blackhawks 14 to 5. Fargo killed off a pair of penalties early in the period followed by a powerplay chance of their own. With 7 seconds remaining in the first the Blackhawks were sent to the box with a 5-minute major penalty giving the Force just under 5 minutes of powerplay time to start the second
The lone goal scorer of the night was Force forward Kyle Smolen. The Arizona State commit tapped in a filthy backhander past Waterloo netminder Emmet Croteau. His scoring opportunity came from a pretty passing play starting with Max Smolinski who hit the tape of Thomas Weis down the ice, Weis followed that up with a perfect crossing pass to Smolen at the hash marks who sent home his fourth goal of the season.
Period three saw scoring opportunities on both sides but once again both netminders kept the doors closed, The Force heavily outshot their opponents with 30 SOG compared to Waterloo’s 17. With tonight’s 1-0 win the Force are now 3-1-1 in the last 5 games and will look to close out the weekend with a win tomorrow night.