The Force came up short tonight against the Sioux City Musketeers with a 6-3 loss.
“I think we are too easy to get scored on,” Force head coach John Marks said. “We’re not going to win unless we come harder to play”
Sioux City started the first period off strong, leading the Force in shots on goal 6-0. Fargo's Mason Morelli then tried to get the Force on the board with a big shot against Musketeer goalie Collin Olson, but Olson was too much for him, ending the night with 18 saves.
The Musketeers answered back with a goal by Alex Rodriguez with 4:06 remaining in the first to put them up 1-0.
The second period was then nothing short of back and forth action. Sioux City made it 3-0 real quick when Sam Saliba scored with 14:05 remaining and Jacob Wilson added another goal just two minutes later.
The Force were then quick to respond with two for themselves. Brody Stevens scored the first goal unassisted on a Force power play with 7:30 left in the second.
Force forward Mikey Eyssimont added the second goal four minutes later with assists from Zach Yon and Justin Baudry.
The Musketeers answered back to the Force’s two goals with a goal of their own coming from Adam Johnson with just 23 seconds remaining in the second period to put them up 4-2.
The Force allowed the Musketeers to take control of the third period, which resulted in a Sioux City goal at the 10:10 mark from Sam Kurker.
Eyssimont tried to help the Force play catch up by scoring his second goal of the night one minute later, but it was not enough when Johnson scored for Sioux City just 38 seconds after that to make the game 6-3.
“It’s very frustrating because it was a lot of breakdowns on defense,” Eyssimont said. “Every time we would get a goal they would get one back so we need to come out harder tomorrow and be more aggressive with the puck.”
The Force take on the Musketeers again tomorrow night at Scheels Arena, this time hoping to come out with a victory that would snap their five game losing streak.
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