Chicago Steel take down Fargo Force, draws level in Clark Cup Finals

A goal 61 seconds into the game gave the hosts early momentum which they would not relinquish.

Sioux City’s Joel Maatta tries to score a goal while Fargo Force’s Andrew Miller protects the puck during Game 2 of the USHL Western Conference Finals on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Scheels Arena in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

GENEVA, Ill. — Coming off their first shut-out loss of the season , the Chicago Steel made a statement of intent right away in game two of their Clark Cup Finals matchup with the Fargo Force .

Adam Fantilli scored his fifth Clark Cup Playoffs goal 61 seconds into the game to spark the Steel to a 4-1 victory over Fargo Saturday night, May 15 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena. The teams head to Fargo for Game 3 tied 1-1.

Austin Wong tallied a power-play goal seven minutes and 31 seconds after Fantilli's opening strike to draw the Force level. The tie was broken minutes later through an Adam Robbins goal.

For the second consecutive night, Force head coach Pierre-Paul Lamoreux rolled with the hot-hand of goalkeeper Andrew Miller, who made 20 saves in the Game 1 shutout . Miller made 30 saves on Saturday to keep the visitors in the game, but the Force could not complete the comeback.


Simon Latkoczy, Miller's counterpart at the opposite end of the ice, was one better, stonewalling the Force to the tune of 29 saves.

Matt Coronato and Erik Middendorf notched an empty-net goal in the closing stages of the third period to provide the final margin.

The series shifts to Fargo's Scheels Arena for Game 3, which is 7:05 p.m., Friday, May 21.

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