The Fargo Force went out with a bang to close the 2014-2015 season and Head Coach John Marks’ career with a 6-1 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede in front of a sold out crowd at Scheels Arena.
“It’s a nice way to finish the season and gives the team something to look forward too for next season,” Coach Marks.
After the first period, Fargo and Sioux Falls were scoreless. It was back and forth the whole period with both teams exchanging shots.
With 7:25 to go in the first, Chuck Bennis of the Force was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and charged with a misconduct penalty and game ejection.
Sioux Falls was the first on the scoreboard about three minutes into the second period. The Sioux Falls goal came from Lukas Buchta.
The Stampede lead did not last for long when a little over four minutes later Denis Smirnov scored for the Force just one second after a Force power play expired. Mason Morelli and Alec Marsh assisted the tying goal.
With 2:57 to play in the second, Fargo’s Mason Morelli who fired the puck past Stampede goalie, Artt Brey, to give the Force a 2-1 lead. Victor Bergstrom and Austin Pooley assisted the goal.
TJ Roo found the back of the net just over two minutes into the third period to increase the Force lead to 3-1. Zach Yon was credited with the assist.
Jack Jenkins scored to make it 4-1 with 2:57 to play in the game and the Force did not stop until the game was done.
Sioux Falls pulled their goalie with 2:57 to go and with 2:33 to play Fargo’s Sean Mostrom was called for a penalty. 30 seconds later Mathias Israelsson was called for a penalty giving the Stampede a 6-on-3 advantage.
Five seconds in to the power play, Mike Babcock scored on the empty net assisted by Justin Baudry and Colton Poolman and it was now a 5-1 game.
With the goalie still pulled for Sioux Falls, Mason Morelli scored his second goal of the night shorthanded for the Force with 20 seconds left in regulation and that sealed the win at 6-1.
“I’m grateful to the team for coming up with a big period like they did,” Coach Marks said. “You never want to end it with a loss.”
The win marked Coach Marks’ 118th win as the Fargo Force head coach over four seasons. The Fargo Force organization thanks Coach Marks for all his hard work and dedication to the team.