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Fargo Force Fall to Sioux City 4-1

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The Fargo Force suffered a tough loss tonight against the Sioux City Musketeers by a score of 4-1 in an eventful game in front of a crowd of 3,619 at Scheels Arena.

Sioux City grabbed the first goal of the game 8:45 into the first period. Riley Bourbonnais nailed one off the crossbar to take the early lead. Both Dan Molenaar and J.T. Stenglein had the assists on the power play goal. Both teams' shots on goal were even through the first period at 10-10.

The Musketeers took a 2-0 lead over the Force with another goal by Bourbonnais with another assist by Stenglein. The Force bounced right back to cut the lead in half with a goal by defenseman Chris Dienes, his second goal of the season. Chris Buchanan was credited with an assist on the play. With both teams riled up, several penalties were assessed in the second period including game ejections for Sioux City's Stenglein and Tanner Pond.

Sioux City's Eetu Karvinen snagged a goal 6:12 into the third period with an assist by Josh Erickson to give the Musketeers a two goal lead. At 8:46, Sioux City followed it up with a goal by Jared Thomas to extend their lead to 4-1. Jared Kolquist helped Thomas on the play. Neither team scored after the halfway point in the final period and Sioux City won with a final score of 4-1.

"Sioux City is a much better team then their record and I knew it would be tough. We didn't generate any offense. I thought we went out flat and didn't put up much effort towards offense," said Head Coach John Marks.

Through a trade with Cedar Rapids on Friday, the Force acquired defenseman Gavin Bayreuther. Bayreuther was on the ice tonight against Sioux City and made his first start with the Force.

"I never thought I'd be in Fargo, but I'm happy to be here even though it was tough leaving Cedar Rapids," said Bayreuther. After his first game here he said, "I had a lot of jitters and nerves but I got those out and just kept battling." He looks forward to getting to know the rest of the team and his goals for the rest of season are to win as much as they can.

The Force hit the road this week with two games against Team USA on December 13 and 14 and then Muskegon on December 15. The team will be back at Scheels Arena on Friday, December 21 to take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at 7:35 and Saturday, December 22 versus the Tri-City Storm at 7:05.

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