FARGO, N.D. — The Force gave up the opening three goals of Thursday night’s game against the Sioux City Musketeers en route to a 3-1 loss at Scheels Arena.
“Sioux City was a much better hockey team than we were tonight,” head coach Cary Eades said. “We got outworked, got outexecuted, got outcoached, got out-everything.”
Sioux City opened the game’s scoring on the power play just under seven minutes into the game when Nolan Krenzen got a shot through Ryan Bischel for his first goal of the season.
The Musketeers outshot the Force 10-4 in the opening period of play.
Sioux City extended its lead to two goals early in the second period when Matt Miller capitalized on an awkward bounce in front to put the Musketeers up 2-0.
Each team picked up a goal in the third period, the Force’s coming from AJ Drobot with the goalie pulled late in the third period, and the visitors finished with a two-goal advantage.
Drobot’s goal, a rebound he jammed home in front, was his fifth of the season and third in the last three games. Blake Kesselring picked up an assist on the play in his first game with the Force after being acquired on Tuesday and Ben Meyers also scored a helper on the goal at 15:54 of the third period.
“Too little too late,” Eades said. “We play to win. Anything less than a win, especially at home, is unacceptable.”
The Force move to 16-11-3 on the year with the loss and remain in sixth place, two points behind fifth place Sioux Falls.
Fargo will finish off the series with Sioux City tomorrow night at Scheels Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used teddy bear to throw on the ice when the Force score their first goal. Teddy bears will be donated to local children’s hospitals, non-profit organizations, and daycares. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.