The Fargo Force prevailed over the Tri-City Storm in an overtime clash, winning 4-3 in front of a crowd of 3,391 fans at Scheels Arena.
Tri-City grabbed the first goal of the game at 6:40 in the first period as Jared Linnell snuck one by Force goalie, Brendan Jensen. Michael Vecchione had the assist on the goal. With no other goals in the period, the Storm held a 1-0 lead heading into the second.
Less than three minutes into the second period, Tri-City's Vecchione scored on a power play with an assist by Garrett Cencere to give the Storm a 2-0 lead. Half way through the period, the Force cut Tri-City's lead down to one with a goal by forward Gabe Guertler, who was assisted on the play by Dave Gust. It was Guertler's team leading 14th goal of the season. The Force battled back to tie it up at two as Jordan Nelson scored with an assist from Chris Buchanan. After two periods, the Force had 29 shots on goal to Tri-City's 12.
Tri-City broke the gridlock with a goal at 3:48 into the third period. The Storm's Tim Bonner snatched the goal with an assist by Linnell. The Force bounced right back to tie it up with a powerplay goal by Gust. Alex Iafallo assisted Gust on the play. The Force's Jensen made a huge save in net off a breakaway to keep the score tied, sending the game into overtime. This was the fifth game out of the last six for Fargo that have gone into extra periods and was also the 9th straight game to have been decided by just one goal.
"Jensen won the game in the three period, I mean he made three huge saves. Jensen really played well tonight," Head Coach John Marks said of his goalie's performance.
With 1:21 left in overtime, Dominic Toninato came up big with a goal on an assist from Brendan Harms to give the Force the win.
"The energy was good, the work ethic was good. I like the fact that we were down, then came back from being down to tie it and then send it to overtime. It was a big two points for us," Marks said.
The Force are back at Scheels Arena tomorrow night at 7:05pm for another match up against Tri-City. There will be a Teddy Bear Toss Courtesy of Bank of the West. Bring a new bear and toss it onto the ice when the Force score their first goal! We request that all teddy bears be in a bag before throwing onto the ice in order to keep clean before they are donated. Bags will be handed out at the door.