Three Fargo players had two points apiece and the Force blanked the Waterloo Black Hawks 4-0 at Young Arena Saturday.
The Force blazed to a 3-0 lead in the first 8:32 of action. Evan Bell notched two of the goals, striking at 2:05 on a drive from the top of the left wing circle. Hank Crone added to the lead with a partial breakaway at 5:06; his initial chance was stopped by Robbie Beydoun, but the puck crossed the goal line off a defender’s skate. Bell struck again at 8:32, receiving the puck with help from Crone and faking a full slap shot before wristing the disk into the net.
The Force added one more 2:57 into the third period. Blake Lizotte’s takeaway created an open-side chance for Jack Adams, and the league’s leading goal scorer capitalized. It was Lizotte’s second assist.
Matt Murray made 29 for his fourth shutout of the season.
The Hawks remain on home ice for their next game: the traditional Thanksgiving tilt against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at 7:05 on Thursday. Good seats are still available for the game and can be ordered from the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office by calling (319) 291-7680.
Fargo 3 0 1 – 4
Waterloo 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period-1, Fargo, Bell 2 (Haiskanen), 2:05. 2, Fargo, Crone 6 5:06. 3, Fargo, Bell 3 (Crone, Lizotte), 8:32. Penalties-Sorensen Wat (tripping), 13:37; Crone Fgo (slashing), 17:31.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Musser Fgo (interference), 5:01; Cairns Fgo (cross checking), 14:55; Sorensen Wat (holding), 15:39.
3rd Period-4, Fargo, Adams 14 (Lizotte), 2:57. Penalties-Conger Wat (tripping), 5:24; Crone Fgo (cross checking), 10:05; Cowans Wat (high sticking), 16:13.
Shots on Goal-Fargo 12-6-6-24. Waterloo 3-18-8-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Fargo 0 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 4.
Goalies-Fargo, Murray 9-5-0-0 (29 shots-29 saves). Waterloo, Beydoun 6-4-0-1 (6 shots-3 saves); Isokangas 5-1-0-0 (18 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Justin Keenan (36), Michael Zalcman (8).
Linesmen-Brent Gawlik (42), Bruce Vida (53).