The FM Bears were in full Force tonight as they completed a sweep of Team USA with a 4-3 shootout victory on Throwback Night.
Team USA was the first one up on the scoreboard after a goal scored was under review to see if it crossed the goal line or not. The call stood as being a goal with 13:26 to play in the first and was scored by Ryan Lindgren.
6 minutes later the Bears won the faceoff in their offensive zone and Colton Poolman blasted one from the blue line and TJ Roo redirected it to get past Team USA goalie Jake Oettinger and tie the game up 1-1.
Team USA was called for a penalty with 3:21 to go in the period and just 3 seconds later the Bears had a 2-1 lead after another faceoff win. Riley Tufte assisted the Zach Yon goal.
In the second period the Bears increased their lead to 3-1 when Riley Tufte scored his first USHL goal. Brody Stevens had the assist.
The Bears led in shots on goal 21-15 after the second period.
In the third period with 14:54 to play, Team USA got a power play goal of their own scored by Joey Anderson and made it a 3-2 game.
Team USA tied it up 3-3 with 7:35 to play when Luke Martin scored.
“The second penalty we got was for no reason,” Head Coach John Marks said. “We were up 3-1 and everything’s fine and what that does is give the team momentum and it’s 3-2 and they get excited and next thing you know it’s 3-3.”
The Bears and Team USA were still tied after regulation, forcing overtime.
Team USA had one shot on goal in the overtime and the Bears had two but neither team put one in the back of the net, which sent the game to a shootout.
Kyle Sylvester and Denis Smirnov both got past Team USA’s goalie in the shootout and Bears’ goalie Mathias Israelsson denied both shots he faced to give the Bears the 4-3 win.
Israelsson ended the night with 19 saves.
“Good weekend, you know, two wins that were kind of ugly but we’ll certainly take it,” Marks said. “They’re young but they play hard.”
The Force are back in action at home next weekend as they take on the Omaha Lancers.
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