Eight different Force players made their way onto the score sheet in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Waterloo in front of 3,001 fans at Scheels Arena. The win moved the Fargo Force into third place in the Western Conference.
“It’s nice when you have everybody contributing because that way scoring can come from multiple sources,” Head Coach John Marks said. “If a team is a one line team it’s easier to shut that team down.”
The Force got things rolling early in the first period after Waterloo’s Brendan Shane was called for holding with 17:36 left to play.
One minute into the Force power play, Brody Stevens scored off quick passes from TJ Roo and Zach Yon.
Nine minutes later Fargo went on the power play again after Black Hawk defenseman Ethan Spaxman was called for a minor penalty for checking from behind and a major penalty for misconduct.
Brody Stevens and TJ Roo were at it again when Victor Bergstrom passed the puck up to Roo who crossed it over to Stevens, who then scored his second power play goal of the period putting the Force up 2-0.
Fargo kept it going in the second period. 3:35 into the period CJ Hayes shot the puck right before crashing into the outside of the net. But before he fell, the puck got past Waterloo goalie Trevor Gorsuch, who ended the night with 23 saves. Assists on Hayes’ goal were Shane McMahan and Cole Bjugson.
Mikey Eyssimont, leading scorer for the Force, added to his total points on the season after scoring the 4th Force goal of the night. Assists on the goal came from Zach Yon and Cole Bjugson, who both ended the night with two points.
In the first four minutes of the third period, Waterloo had eight shots on goal that were all stopped by Force goalie, Mathias Israelsson, who ended the night with 41 saves.
Three minutes later, Henrik Rommel finally got a shot past Israelsson for the Black Hawks, making the game 4-1.
Shots ended 42-27, in Waterloo’s favor, but the Force’s offense was too much for the Black Hawks defense, resulting in the 4-1 win.
“I would certainly like to see what happened tonight happen more often,” Marks said.
The Force and Black Hawks face off again tomorrow night at Scheels Arena for Teddy Bear Toss night. Fans, bring a new or gently used stuffed animal (in a plastic bag) and throw it onto the ice when the Force score their first goal.
Tickets can be purchased at the Scheels Arena Box Office, open Friday at 11 AM, online at www.tickets300.com, or by calling 701-364-3672.