Stars Fight Well, But Fall Short in Weekend Finale in Fargo
Fargo, ND - Round two of Stars-Force took place Sunday evening as the Stars looked to regroup following Saturday's tough loss.
From the early 1st period, the Stars played with an edge. For much of the opening period, Lincoln out-muscled and out-maneuvered the Force, driving the pace of play to the tune of a 10-5 shots advantage. Their pressure was rewarded at 9:15, when Steven Agriogianis cranked a puck off the back wall, which found a crashing Wyatt Schlaht in front, where he buried his second of the year past former Stars goalie Tyler Johnson. Mason Klee picked up the secondary assist on the lone goal of the first. Jacob Mucitelli, making his first start since February 2nd, stopped all five shots he faced in the first period.
In the second, the Stars maintained quality pressure through the first half of the frame, but were denied several grade-A looks on strong saves made by Tyler Johnson. Lincoln was unable to capitalize on two power plays, and at the end of the second Fargo kill, the Stars paid for it. A bad break in the form of a snapped stick led to a Force breakaway for Daniel Russell who stepped out of the box and behind the Stars defense for the game-tying goal. A dormant Fargo forecheck awoke, as they pressured well in the second half of the frame, but were turned away from further scoring by a sharp Mucitelli.
A quick Fargo strike in the third period gave the Force a lead they wouldn't surrender. Tanner Vescio fired home his third goal of the season through traffic in front to put the Force up 2-1 at 1:10 into the frame. The Stars would push back and would be supported by strong play from Mucitelli, who stopped a total of two Ben Meyers breakaways and two, 2-on-1 rushes on the evening. Unfortunately for Lincoln, their former netminder was equal to the task, as Tyler Johnson stopped 29 of 30 in his Fargo debut. Two goals from Hank Crone-one on an empty net at 18:47 and one again at even strength at 19:21-put the game away and handed the Force a 4-1 victory.
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