The Fargo Force secured their second win at home against the Indiana Ice 6-5 in a high scoring affair tonight at Scheels Arena in front of a crowd of 3,162.
The Force were the first to strike in tonight’s match up as forward Dominic Toninato scored the first goal at 11:52 into the first period. Forwards Jordan Nelson and Brendan Harms each had an assist on the goal. The Indiana Ice’s Joe Fiala grabbed their first goal to tie it with an assist by Brian Morgan. Just over a minute later, forward Austin Ortega grabbed a power play goal for Indiana. Wasting no time the Force evened it up with another goal by Toninato with assists to Nelson and Harms. Just as time was about to expire in the first period, Gabe Guertler scored with an assist by Dave Gust and Taylor Fleming to give the Force a 3-2 lead.
The Ice kicked off the second period with a power play goal by forward Robbie Baillargeon with an assist by defenseman Matt Krug and Dalton Izyk. However, neither team were able to gain control of the lead in the second period and it ended tied up at 3-3.
Just over a minute into the third period, Indiana’s Brian Morgan notched a goal and the lead for the Ice. Indiana’s lead was short lived when goaltender Dalton Izyk took a gamble and dove well outside his crease to try and knock the puck away from Nate Arentz, but Arentz was able to capitalize on the mistake scoring his first goal of the season shorthanded.
“You can’t always count on shorthanded goals,” said Head Coach John Marks, “but there were great efforts on shorthanded goals tonight.”
Fargo’s Michael Booth scored his first goal of the season to take the lead with an assist by Guertler and Gust. With just over ten minutes to play, Booth notches his second goal to stretch out the Force’s lead to 6-4.
Booth’s goals were not only his first of the season but also his first in the USHL. “It felt good to get my first goal out of the way,” said Booth, “it’s a lot of weight off of my shoulders.”
The Ice then scored on a power play goal with 8 minutes left in the third to bring them within one but were unable to attain a comeback.
“The positive is that we won, the positive is that we got six goals,” said Marks, “but the team looks to improve defensively after giving up 42 shots on goal and looks to improve on being more consistent. There needs to be an urgency to everyone’s game.”
The Fargo Force take on the Sioux City Musketeers at home tomorrow night at 7:35pm at Scheels Arena. Single game tickets are available by stopping by the Scheels Arena box office, open at 11 AM, calling the box office at 701.364.3672, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800.745.3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
By, Melody Neer