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Strong Efforts Fall Short

By Liz Knisley, 10/24/15, 10:30PM CDT

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The Fargo Force came on to the ice with fire under their skates. They began the first period with all the intentionality and intensity missing from the previous game the night before. The Force made the most of every opportunity fighting to avoid turnovers and defensive blunders as well as making the most of every opportunity. The first period of play was very evenly matched, resulting in the first period ending in a 0-0 tie.
    The Force finally capitalized on all of their efforts at 2:05 in the second when Brody Stevens, assisted by Bradley Johnson and Denis Smirnov, scored the first goal of the game. The Force continued to work executing great passing and player awareness, while Dubuque’s defense and goalie Hunter Miska remained strong. About halfway through the period at 11:12 in the second, Dubuque’s Dallas Gerads earned a goal for Dubuque. The Force and the Fighting Saints battled all the way through the second, going into the third tied up 1-1.
    The third period was very back and forth play, sending players up and down the ice. There were also several whistles and calls from the refs making it difficult for both teams to build momentum and execute plays. Finally at 10:11 in the third, Dubuque’s Mitchell Smith scored the game-winning goal. The final score was Fargo 1, Dubuque 2.
    Head coach Cary Eades saw several improvements from Friday to Saturday night’s game and was happy with the team’s effort but ultimately it wasn’t enough. He believes that the Force need to create more chances, have better execution on power-plays, and start getting more pucks to the net with better net front presence.
    The Fargo Force take on the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday Oct. 31st at 7:05pm for Friends and Family Night with the Minions! Tickets are available at the Scheels Arena Box Office, tickets300.com, or the Tickets300 location on Broadway. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 11:00am-6:00pm.