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Force Claim First Season Win

By Liz Knisley, 10/09/15, 10:15PM CDT


          The Force played to win tonight and the energy from the team was reflected in the crowd. There was an energy at Scheels Arena that hasn’t been felt at home yet this season. The Force came off the bench with speed, fire, and power that continued throughout regulation yet the Stampede continued to fight back. Head coach Cary Eades stated that, “Sioux Falls gave us a great contest tonight and it came down to the very last second.” Each team played hard during power plays and had great defensive and offensive games. It was evident that the Force played tonight with intentionality and determination, were careful to avoid giving turnovers, and ultimately getting the puck in the net. Eades stated, “we played a lot more intelligently with the puck and played carefully but not tentatively and finished out the game with a winning mentality.”

            The first goal of the game came in the first period and was one that is hard to forget. Fargo’s Carson Musser passed to Blake Lizotte as he approached Sioux Falls’ net, Lizotte then wound up and took a shot, covertly and deliberately leaving the puck behind and an open goal for Jack Adams to score a clean, easy goal.

            The Force dumped a second goal into the net towards the end of the second period, which was argued by the Stampede and ended up being called off because the net was out of place.

            The Force and the Stampede both played strong offensive and defensive games. The Force had 32 shots on goal and the Stampede had 30. Both goaltenders took a beating tonight as well, fighting through several power-play attacks where pressure on the defense seemed endless. The Force’s starting goalie Ryan Wischow had an excellent game, earning his first shutout victory of his USHL career. He made several difficult saves, which played a major role in the Force’s first and much needed victory of the season.

            In past games Eades has talked about the Force playing for portions of the game but not playing all the way through. Tonight that was not the case as the Force played forcefully for the entirety of regulation. Once the Force got the lead they continued to protect from the first all the way to the end of the third period. The Force hope to harvest this energy and take it on the road with them next week as they play the Bloomington Thunder on Friday, October 16th, and Saturday October 17th.

            The Force return home on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th where they will face Dubuque. Tickets are available at the Scheels Arena Box Office,, or the Tickets300 location on Broadway. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 11:00am-6:00pm.


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