The Fargo Force led from the early going on Friday at Young Arena, pulling away from the Waterloo Black Hawks in a 4-1 decision.
The first stoppage of the game was for Fargo’s opening goal. Cody Monds received the puck above the right circle and used a screen to good effect, lifting it over Jack Williams’ left shoulder at 1:14. Exactly seven minutes later, Ryan Richardson made it 2-0, going to the net to knock in a transition chance.
Waterloo got a goal back 2:01 before intermission while the teams were skating four-on-four. With the Force starting for the neutral zone, a turnover left Jonah Copre behind the Fargo defense. He beat Brennan Boynton with a low shot from below the right faceoff dot.
The Force produced another goal 1:04 into the second to reassume a multigoal lead. Jeremy Davidson kept the puck in the zone on the left boards, sending it into the corner for Monds. He slung it across the slot to Bear Hughes, who was left alone near the front of the net and scored on a backhander.
Richardson’s second goal of the game extended the lead at 6:02 of the third. Michael Suda kept the puck in at the left point before it found its way to Richardson in the slot for a wrister.
The visitors outshot Waterloo in each period and by a final total of 39-17.
The Hawks remain on home ice Saturday to host the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Good seats are still available for the Dupaco Cowbell Cup matchup from tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.
Fargo 2 1 1 - 4
Waterloo 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Fargo, Monds 11 (Hughes, Davidson), 1:14. 2, Fargo, Richardson 10 (Smolen, Rollwagen), 8:14. 3, Waterloo, Copre 3 (Szmagaj, O’Hara), 17:59. Penalties-Rollwagen Fgo (tripping), 13:15; Davidson Fgo (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:15; Kleven Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:15.
2nd Period-4, Fargo, Hughes 7 (Monds, Davidson), 1:04. Penalties-O’Hara Wat (slashing), 3:52; Broz Fgo (holding), 5:07; Gaffney Wat (tripping), 10:39; Belpedio Wat (tripping), 14:33.
3rd Period-5, Fargo, Richardson 11 (Rollwagen, Suda), 6:02. Penalties-Broz Fgo (roughing, slashing), 4:09; Reiners Wat (roughing, slashing), 4:09; Rollwagen Fgo (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:22; Richardson Fgo (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 9:09; Lagerback Wat (checking from behind, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 9:09.
Shots on Goal-Fargo 11-17-11-39. Waterloo 6-6-5-17.
Power Play Opportunities-Fargo 0 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 3.
Goalies-Fargo, Boynton 23-10-1-0 (17 shots-16 saves). Waterloo, Williams 3-6-0-0 (39 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Anthony Vikhter, Caleb Andrade.
Linesmen-Matthew Bleck, Kendall Hanley.