Steel comeback sinks Force

The Fargo Force got off to a nice start in Chicago.  Unfortunately they weren't able to hold on to the lead as Chicago remained resilient on their way to a 6-4 win in Chicago.  With the loss, Fargo is one regulation loss and one Sioux Falls win away from dropping to third place in the West Division.

Fargo got off to a good start in the first period thanks to two power play goals by Nick Oliver.  Both of the Oliver goals were assisted by Matt Leitner and Eamonn McDermott.  Both goals were the result of former Force player, Cole Gunner, being sent to the box twice.

Chicago kicked off the 2nd period with a goal of their own from Theo DiPauli.  Peter Hand would tie the game up about 10 minutes later.  Colten St. Clair would regain the lead for the Force with an assist to Brian Cooper with 2:05 remaining in the period.  Former Force player Cole Gunner would even it up once again for the Steel making it 3-3 with 52 seconds remaining in the period.

Matt Leitner would get the Force's third power play goal of the game to make it 4-3 in the 3rd period.  Brian Cooper and Ryan Massa assisted.  Chicago would then get three unanswered goals to eventually win the game 6-4.  University of North Dakota recruit Danny Mattson started the scoring for the Steel tying the game 4-4.  Theo DiPauli's second goal of the night was the eventual game-winner with an assist to Cole Gunner for his second point of the night making it 5-4.  Darik Angeli would seal the deal with an empty netter with 18 seconds left to make it 6-4.

Ryan Massa stopped 22 of 27.  Steel goalie Connor Wilson stopped 40/44 Force shots.  The Force are back in action tomorrow night against the Anderson Cup winning Green Bay Gamblers.  The Force need the win to guarantee two home games at the Urban Plains Center, so it is a very important match-up.

Go Force!


Force Blogger said...

PS - Tomorrow we are big Tri-City Storm fans. I don't know about the rest of you, but I want to be guaranteed home ice advantage for the playoffs! We really need it!

blades said...

Yeah. Im going to be paying attention to both games tonight. Tri-City should come out playing hard, since they're battling with Sioux City for the last playoff spot.

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