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Fargo Force down Des Moines to ring up another win

Behind a resourceful offense and strong defense, the Force defeated the Buccaneers to win for a second time in three games on Saturday.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Kyle Smolen scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Fargo defense did the rest as the Force came away with a 4-3 road win over Des Moines on Saturday before 1,447 at Buccaneer Arena.

Coming into the game, the Force had won just twice since Oct. 16 and endured losing streaks of eight and three games. The Force now have won two of their last three, including an overtime win over Western Conference leader Tri-City on Nov. 27.

The Force and Buccaneers produced a flurry of offense in the first two periods on not many shots. Overall, Des Moines outshot the Force 19-18. But the Force limited the Buccaneers to just four shots in a scoreless third period and Fargo goalie Anton Castro turned them all back.

Fargo's Cooper Gay opened the scoring with his second goal of the season on assists from Smolen and Max Smolinski at 4:38 of the first. The Force's Bret Link scored his eighth goal on a shorthanded try on an assist from Andre Gasseau at 10:43. But Des Moines' Paul Davey and Scout Truman both scored in the final 2:17 of the period to make it 2-2 after one.

Fargo regained the lead on German Yavash's first goal of the season on assists from Erik Bargholtz and Jakob Stender 90 seconds into the second period, but the Buccaneers again tied it on Tanner Latsch's goal just over a minute later. Smolen scored the eventual game-winner at 15:35 on assists from Yavash and Mason Langenbrunner.

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