One goal in each period stakes Fargo to a 3-0 lead & the Force survive a late Tri-City rally with a 3-2 win over the Storm tonight.
The Force took an early lead in tonight’s game and never let up. 27 saves from Boynton in the net and three goals from three different Force players helped contribute to the victory.
The Force came out hot with a goal just 4:23 into the period. Hudson Thornton ripped one in from the blueline for his second goal of the season, assisted by Force newcomer Bear Hughes and Tristan Broz. Both teams had power play opportunities, but neither could capitalize. Boynton made some huge stops in the net to secure the Force’s 1-0 lead to end the period.
The Storm started off period one with :34 seconds left in a power play but that was quickly killed off by Fargo. They had another man advantage eight minutes in, after a high sticking call against Kyle Smolen but again, they couldn’t capitalize. With nine minutes remaining in the period Jake Braccini fired in a shot that rebounded off his defender, he secured the rebound and fired in a second shot, this time finding the back of the net and giving the Force a 2-0 lead. The Force were outshot 11-6 but held off the Storm to finish the period at 2-0.
The action in period three kicked off with a goal from Cody Monds straight out of a faceoff. He roofed one from in close, with assists from Aaron Huglen and Owen Gallatin. 30 seconds later the Storm responded with a goal of their own, cutting down their three-goal deficit and bringing the score to 3-1. With eight minutes remaining the Force sent one to the penalty box giving Tri-City their third power play opportunity of the night. A minute and 30 seconds into the powerplay Tri-City fired in a shot that ricocheted above the head of Boynton, cutting the Fargo lead down to one.
After that, the Force played very smart to hold onto their lead, taking home a 3-2 win.
The deciding 3rd game of the series is tomorrow night - 6:05 pm puck drop.
Three goals from Tri-City in the second period created a deficit that Fargo just couldn’t overcome. The Force fell in the deciding game of the 3 game series tonight vs. Tri-City 5-2.
The Storm were the first to score in tonight’s matchup just 4:22 into the first period. Carter Mazur found the back of the net on a breakaway goal, giving Tri-City a 1-0 lead. At 7:20 Matt Crasa was sent to the box for high sticking giving Fargo four penalty minutes to kill. The Force made short work of the four-minute Tri-City powerplay and :15 second later they had a man advantage of their own. Tri City managed to kill off the Fargo power play as well closing out the period with a 1-0 lead.
Half-way through the middle period the Storm exploded for 3 goals in 7 minutes, while the Force couldn’t manage to get anything past Tri-City’s netminder, period two ended with a 4-0 lead for the visitors.
The Force showed no quit in the third period tallying a total 15 shots on goal to Tri-City’s 7. Trevor Griebel put Fargo on the board with 12:25 left to play cutting down the deficit to three. A little over two minutes later a puck behind the Force net took a bad bounce centering up right in front of Miller and giving the Storm capitalized to again lead by 4 . With 3:27 left, Austin Wong took matters into his own mitts and went coast to coast ripping one in to make the final score 5-2.
The Force are back again for two home games next weekend vs. the Des Moines Buccaneers, puck drop on Friday at 7:05 pm at Fargo’s Scheels Arena.
Tonight’s game marked the start of a three game homestand vs. the Tri-City Storm. Four unanswered goals from the Storm shut Fargo down and led to a 5-2 Tri-City victory.
Period one saw most of its action around the halfway point of the period. Starting with an elbowing penalty called on Jeremy Davidson. This sent Tri-City into their first power play of the night. They made the most of their man advantage putting up the first goal of the night, as a shot squeaked in past the skate of Boynton by forward Kyle Aucoin.
With a little under three minutes left to play in the opening frame, the Force headed into a power play of their own. They capitalized on the man advantage with a goal from Buffalo Sabers prospect Aaron Huglen. Huglen rocketed one too shelf, with assists by Ryan Siedem and Tristan Broz. The period ended in a 1-1 tie, shots in favor of the Force, 12-10.
Nick Strom gave the Force their first lead of the night in period two as he fired one in from the left point. However, the Force didn’t hang onto that lead for long. At 13:09 in period two Adam Klapka tied it up for the Storm, then with a little under two minutes remaining Tri-City lit the lamp once again giving themselves a lead they would keep the rest of the game.
The Storm went on to score two more unanswered goals in period three. The first at 11:11 from Mark Estapa, and the second late in the period on an empty Force net. The two teams are back at it again tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.