A third period rally fell short and Tri-City managed to hold off Fargo to come away with a 5-2 win tonight in Kearney, NE.
The Storm got on the board first with a goal 4:13 into period one. Rhett Pitlick added another goal for Tri-City late in the first on a 3v2 rush, giving the Storm a 2-0 lead to close out the 1st period.
Period two saw big opportunities on both sides of the net, but big stops from Boynton and Scott kept the scoring down to just one goal. At 6:32 in the second Tri-City extended their lead to 3-0 thanks to a goal from defenseman Guillaume Richard.
The third period saw the most action of the night, kicking off with a shorthanded goal from Force forward Kyle Smolen. Tyler Rollwagen created the opportunity after stealing the puck and centering it up for Smolen, cutting the Storm lead down to 3-1. However, three Fargo penalties in a row gave Tri-City three powerplay opportunities within the opening 10 minutes of the period. The third time was the charm as they finally managed to capitalize on their man advantage, taking back their 3 goal lead with 13:18 left to play.
With two minutes remaining in the game, the Force tacked on another goal, this time with a 6v3 man advantage. Ryan Siedem ripped in a shot from the slot that was redirected by Cody Monds, bringing the score to 4-2. With a little under a minute remaining Tri-City sent the puck the length of the ice into an empty Fargo net, securing themselves a 5-2 win.
The Force are back in action again tomorrow for an afternoon game in Lincoln vs. the Stars. Puck drop is at 3:05 PM!
The first place Fargo Force (21-11-2; 44pts.) are hitting the road this weekend for two games in Nebraska. Kicking of the weekend this Saturday in Kearney for a 7:05 puck drop vs. the Tri-City Storm (17-11-1-1; 36pts.). Then on to Lincoln for a 3:05 puck drop on Sunday vs. the Lincoln Stars (10-17-1; 21pts.).
Saturday will be the sixth time Fargo and Tri-City have faced off this season. Currently the series record lies in favor of the Storm, taking home 3/5 wins so far, two of which came on Force home ice. Fargo’s record with Lincoln remains heavily in the Force’s favor, having won 5/6 matchups so far this season. This weekend the Force will look to build of their two-game sweep of Sioux City and close out February with a pair of wins.
Tristan Broz (14G-19A-33P) is the current point leader for the Force. He’s currently averaging .97 points per game and is ranked 9th in total goals and overall points in the USHL. Aaron Huglen (8G-13A-21P) has been a big factor for the Force since his return to the ice. In just 19 games he’s racked up eight goals and 13 assists and is currently ranked fourth on the team in overall points. Ryan Siedem (1G-19A-20P) is the current point leader amongst defenseman and is tied with Jeremy Davidson (9G-19A-28P) and Tristan Broz for the team lead in assists.
Hunter Strand (9G-16A-25P) is the current point leader for Tri-City, followed close behind by Carter Mazur (11G-13A-24P). Rounding out this dangerous first line is Mark Estapa (8G-12A-20P) combined this trio contributed to 6/12 goals scored against the Force in their last three game series. In the net for Tri City is the current #1 goalie in the USHL, Todd Scott. He will no doubt play a significant role in this weekend’s Saturday night face off.
Point leaders for Lincoln include Dominic James (5G-11A-16P) and Jack O’Leary (5G-8A-13P). The Force will look to shut down Lincoln once again and add a sixth win to their season record vs. Lincoln.
Following the games this weekend the Force return to home ice, starting out on Friday March 5th with 80’s Night!
•$8 tickets for anyone born in the 80’s with a valid driver’s license shown at the box office.
•Slap bracelet give away upon entry.
•The staff will sport their best 80’s gear and we encourage all fans to do the same!
•80’s themed entertainment will occur throughout the night.
Saturday March 6th is Bring your Dog to the Game Night!
•Dog tickets will be available to purchase for $2 at the box office.
•All dogs are welcome, but a waiver must be signed before entry.
•Weiner dog races will take place during the first intermission. If you’d like to enter your dog into the competition contact firstname.lastname@example.org
•Doggy bag giveaway upon entry
•Visit fargoforce.com/pucksandpaws for more details!
On Friday March 5th it’s 80’s Night!
Saturday March 6th is Pucks & Paws Night at Scheels Arena!
Bring your dog to the game!
Wiener dog will take place during the first intermission!