The Chicago Steel defeated the Fargo Force on home ice tonight on a score of 3-0 in front of 3093 at Scheels Arena. The Force ended their first match of a two game series against the Chicago Steel by out shooting the team 40-33, a fact Head Coach John Marks said was one of the positive takeaways of the night.
The officials waved off the Force's best chance at a goal due to the puck entering the net moments after time ran out in the second period. Chicago goalie Chris Nell earned his first shutout of the season.
"(Nell) played well and I give him credit," said Marks. "We'll have to build off of (the game) and see if we can get a win tomorrow night."
Chicago's John Schilling attacked early, scoring his first goal only 58 seconds into the first period. Cam Johnson started for his seventh game of the season and ended the night with 30 saves.
"It's too bad the first shot Cam had to see is one of the hardest saves for a goalie to make," said Marks, expressing his disappointment in how Chicago earned their goals. "We are always talking about protecting the house and having two guys near the net."
The night ended with the Force bench and fans upset for a reason other than the score, as John Baiocco received an injury after another player's stick struck his mouth, receiving no whistle from the on-ice officials.
The Fargo Force and Chicago Steel will return Saturday, November 2, at 7:05 PM to play their second game of the weekend at Scheels Arena. The Force will be wearing custom Cully's Kids jerseys that will be auctioned off LIVE immediately following the game with all proceeds benefiting the Cullen Children's Foundation, a non-profit started by NHL hockey player and Moorhead native Matt Cullen and his wife Bridget.
The Force will then hit the road for two weeks before returning home to play against the Omaha Lancers on November 22 at 7:05 PM. Scheels Arena will host Ladies Night with vendor booths located around the concourse during the game. Ladies 21 and over can purchase all you can drink mugs for $15.