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USHL hockey: Force ramp up offense, cruise past Musketeers

One night after being shut out, the Fargo Force scored five power play goals and two short-handed goals to roll past Sioux City on Saturday.

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FARGO — After getting shut out on Friday, the Fargo Force responded with goals aplenty on Saturday, scoring four first-period goals and routing Sioux City 7-2 at Scheels Arena.

Fargo scored the game’s first four goals, and after the Musketeers closed the gap to 4-2, the Force scored the game’s last three goals. The Force scored three power play goals and a short-handed goal in the first. They scored twice on the power play and added another short-handed goal in the third.

Despite being outshot 36-25, the Force had no problem making their shots count. Verner Miettinen and Cole Knuble both had two goals and two assists, and both scored their goals on the only two shots they took.

Boris Skalos, Kyle Smolen and Anthony Menghini scored the Force’s other goals. Mac Swanson had two assists and Leo Gruba, Bret Link, Tanner Walos and Joe Palodichuk also had assists.

Force goalie Matej Marinov stopped 34 of 36 shots.

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