FARGO, N.D. | Fargo goaltender Brendan Jensen turned away 38 of the 41 shots he faced and saw his teammates efficiently score six times off 17 of their own attempts on goal to down Sioux City 6-3 in a United States Hockey League game at Scheels Arena on Friday.
The Force got a pair of goals from defenseman Neal Goff and denied Sioux City its first win of the season. The Musketeers are now 0-2-2 and have dropped a pair of overtime games along with two regulation losses. One of those overtime setbacks was to the Force 3-2 on Sept. 28.
The Musketeers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Tanner Pond's shorthanded goal 1:43 into the game, but Fargo erased that lead at 6:58 of the period when Gabe Guertler scored the second Force goal in just over two minutes. The teams each added one more score before the first intermission, Sioux City's coming on an unassisted marker by Jake Guentzel at 11:27 of the period.
Down 3-2 after a period, the Musketeers evened the score at 8:37 when Cam Brown picked up his second goal of the season on the power play. Blake Heinrich and Dan Molenaar got assists but that was all the scoring that Sioux City would get.
Fargo got the only other score of the middle period when Michael Booth scored an unassisted effort at 16:45. A Jordan Nelson goal in the opening minute of the third period and an empty-netter by Goff at 19:49 wrapped up the scoring.
The Musketeers will look to get into the win column tonight when they host Indiana at the Tyson Events Center with a 7 p.m. start time.
Fargo 6, Sioux City 3
First period: 1. Sioux City - Tanner Pond (unassisted), shorthanded, 1:43. 2, Fargo - Dominic Toninato (unassisted) 4:43. 3, Fargo - Gabe Guertler (Michael Booth, Chris Dienes) powerplay, 6:58. 4, Sioux City _ Jake Guentzel (unassisted) 11:27. 5, Fargo - Neal Goff (Brendan Harms) 18.49. Penatlies: Goodwin, SC, interference, :46; Larson, SC, unsportsmanlike conduct, 4:43, Racobaldo, F, roughing, 6:04, Pond, SC, check from behind, 6:26, Wade, F, slashing, 11:27; Henry, SC, roughing, 14:09; Fleming, F, roughing, 14:09; Snively, SC, holding, 16:21.
Second period: 6, Sioux City - Cam Brown (Blake Heinrich, Dan Molenaar) powerplay, 8:37; 7, Fargo - Booth (unassisted) 16:54. Penalties: LaCroix, SC, slashing, :26; Goodwin, SC, tripping, 2:10; Gust, F, roughing, 8:24.
Third period: 8, Fargo - Jordan Nelson (unassisted) :52; 9, Fargo - Goff (Harms) emptynet, 19:49. Penalties: Pond, SC, roughing, 5:27.
Score by period:
Sioux City 2 1 0 - 3
Fargo 3 1 2 - 6
Shots on goal:
Sioux City 18 12 11 -- 41
Fargo 7 6 4 - 17
Power play: Sioux City 1 for 2, Fargo 1 for 8.
Goaltenders: Kyle Hayton, Sioux City 16 shots, 11 saves; Brendan Jensen, Fargo shots 41, saves 38.
Referee: Curtis Marouelli. Linesmen: Patrick Turcotte, Brady Johnson.