The Fargo Force defeated the Tri-City Storm in regulation to complete the weekend sweep with a score of 5-2 at Scheels Arena.
After an overtime battle last night, both teams came in not giving an inch. Most of the first period was scoreless but with 30 seconds left in the first period, Tri-City scored the first goal of the game. Michael Vecchione scored on a power play with an assist by Tim Bonner to give the Storm a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
Just over half way into the second period, the Force tie it up on a goal by Gabe Guertler. Forward Dave Gust was on for the assist on the play. Guertler is currently in the top ten in the league for scoring and is second in goals scored. Shots on goal through two periods were close to even, the Force with 21 and the Storm with 22. Both goalies entered the third period allowing just one goal.
Five minutes into the final period the Force took a 2-1 lead when forward Nate Arentz snuck one around Tri-City goalie, Johan Mattsson. Tri-City came back to tie it up at 2 as Bonner scored with help on the play by Vecchione. The Storm lead didn't last long when Stanislav Dzakhov came up big with the go-ahead goal. Both Butrus Ghafari and Arentz had assists on the play. In the last minutes of the game, Tri-City pulled their goalie, which opened the window for the Force to extend their lead. Victor Bjorkung scored with assists from Alex Iafallo and Dominic Toninato. Just seconds later, Alex Iafallo secured the win with a goal to make the score 5-2.
"Every point you gain, is going to be important. I think that this division is going to go right down to the end," says Head Coach John Marks. "Overall we played some good hockey this weekend and our energy levels were good. Jensen played very well this weekend as well as Mattson."
Force goalie Brendan Jensen was in net for both wins this weekend. "I think it was an all around good performance for us this weekend. Yesterday we were solid and we had a lot of shots and today we started slow and picked it up in the third," said Jensen. After going into overtime in 16 out of the last 22 games, Jensen says there are is a lot of pressure as a goalie in those situations but he tries to just play his game and not add any extra stress on himself.
On Dec. 3, the team is holding an open skate from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Scheels Arena with Fargo Force and Fargo Davies high school players. To participate, we ask that you bring a minimum donation of $5 per family to contribute in raising funds for those affected. The donation will go directly to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. At the event, fans can register for a chance to win tickets for the Dec. 8 home game versus Sioux City Musketeers and players will be available to sign autographs during and after the open skate. This event is open to the public. All fans wanting to go on the ice must bring and wear their own skates. Pucks and sticks are not allowed on the ice.
The Force are back home next Saturday, December 8 at 7:05pm to take on the Sioux City Musketeers. There will be a live auction of the team's white jerseys after the game. You can drop off toys at Scheels Arena starting on Monday, December 3 through the game on Saturday, December 8 to be donated towards Toys for Tots. There will be boxes in the front lobby.
Single game tickets are available by stopping by the Scheels Arena box office Monday-Friday from 11am-6pm, calling the box office at 701.364.3672, stopping by any Ticketmaster location, calling 800.745.3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.