A shut out from Force goalie Brennan Boynton and a flurry of goals at the end helped the Force take a 4-0 win in their first of three games vs. the Lincoln Stars this weekend.
Period one at Scheels Arena in Fargo got off to a slow start for both teams. About mid-way through the first Lincoln saw the only power-play opportunity of the period but they were held off by the rock-solid defense of the Force. Shots leaned in favor of Fargo 12-8, but the score remained a pair of zeros to end period one.
Both teams took the ice in the second with high intensity. Only 26 seconds in, the penalties started with big minutes clocked by both teams for fighting and misconducts.
The game remained scoreless until the last minute of the 2nd period, with the Stars on their second power-play of the night. But it was the shorthanded Force who ended up scoring. With 29 seconds remaining Fargo’s Jeremy Davidson scored on a breakaway off a pretty feed from Ryan Richardson, putting the Force up 1-0 to end the second.
Action in the third happened all towards the end of the period. In under two minutes the Force took their lead from 1-0 to 4-0. Starting off the action was Jack Peart with a powerplay tally. A little over a minute later Tristan Broz found the back of the net, as he was sent into the clear by nice passing from Jeremy Davidson and Ryan Siedem. 20 seconds later Casey McDonald fired in a goal from a sharp angle for the games final goal, making it 4-0 for the home team.
Force goalie Brennan Boynton was a brick wall in net, earning his 2nd shutout of the season with 25 saves.
The Force are back again to take on Lincoln in round 2 tomorrow night at Scheels Arena. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm.
Tonight’s matchup between the rival Dakota’s was a fight from the very start. Sioux Falls came in looking for redemption, having dropped two games to Fargo in the two rivals opening series. Fresh off a big win against Des Moines on Wednesday, the Stampede came in with confidence.
The first period was fairly even in scoring chances & ended 0-0. The Force did fire some more rubber at the net, outshooting the Stampede 14-5 after one.
The action in period two kicked off as Fargo entered their second power play of the night. About 2:00 in, Jeremy Davidson scored the first goal of the game, off a rebound in front. He was assisted by Jake Braccini and Matt Crasa. Then a little over a minute later Sioux Falls responded with a power-play goal of their own - launched in by Michael Citatra, his first of the game. Later on in the second he sniped another one past Fargo goalie Brennan Boynton, giving him two goals in the second.
It wasn’t looking good for the home squad in the 3rd period, as Citara rocketed in his 3rd goal of the night, completing his hat trick and putting the Stampede up by two, at 3-1.
With just under 7:00 left in regulation, the Force exploded with 3 goals in 91 seconds to steal the victory 4-3. Mason Salquist kicked things off for the Force, as he found the back of the net off a nice pass from Tristan Broz to cut the Stampede lead in half. Then under a minute later Kyle Smolen tied up the game. But the scoring wasn’t done yet. Owen Gallatin completed the 3 goal rally with a goal from the left point, assisted by Rollwagen and Suda. The Force had to kill a penalty in the games last minute, but they were able to hang on for the 4-3 win.
The Force improve their 20-21 early season record to 4-1-1. They will return to Scheels arena next Thursday for a 3 game series vs. the Lincoln Stars. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm.
Today the Force headed to Omaha to take on the Lancers in the final matchup of their three-game weekend in Nebraska.
The scoring started early this afternoon with a goal from the Lancers a little over 30 seconds into the game. Shortly after, at 4:11 into the first, Matthew Crasa scored Fargo’s lone goal of the night. His goal came straight out of a shift change as he snagged the puck and made a nifty move past a defender, before firing it into the net.
Less than a minute later the Lancers responded with another goal of their own. Tyler Carpenter snagged his own rebound on a power-play, sniping it top shelf past Force goalie Andrew Miller. Both teams had power-play opportunities later in the first period, but neither could capitalize.
Period two was pretty quiet for both teams until Nick Perna of the Lancers was sent to the box for cross checking and the Force entered the only power-play of the second period. They came close to scoring their second goal but after a review from the refs it was decided the puck was kicked in and the goal was waived off. Then, with only :36 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, Liam Devlin of the Lancers scored a goal to give his team a 3-1 lead and the momentum throughout the rest of the game.
Early in the third the Force found themselves with two power-play opportunities, however they couldn’t capitalize on either. With less than 4 minutes remaining, Fargo pulled their goalie, and Omaha salted away the victory with 2 empty net goals to seal a 5-1 victory on home ice.
It was the 1st loss in regulation for the Force in 13 games dating back to last season (10-0-2). The Force, now 3-1-1 and tied for 1st place in the Western Conference, return to action at home on Friday Nov 27th vs. the Sioux Falls Stampede. Puck drop at 7:05pm.