Posted 265 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Brian Hawkinson and Josiah Slavin scored in the third but the Fargo Force scored the first three to spike the Tri-City Storm, 4-2, Friday at the Viaero Center.
After making 12 saves through the first two periods, Force goalie Matt Murray allowed a right-post goal to Hawkinson on the Storm’s first shot of the third. Slavin scored with 52 seconds left, his second straight game with a tally. Murray made 16 saves in the win.
Hawkinson, a 2016 Clark Cup Champion and Miami University commit, has three career goals in 94 career games. Linus Weissbach assisted for his team-best 43rd point of season.
Fargo struck for two goals in the first and added another in the final minute of the second. Hank Crone added an empty-net goal to make it 4-1 Force before Slavin’s tally.
Eric Dop allowed three goals and made 27 saves in defeat.
The Storm looks for revenge against Fargo Saturday at 7:05 p.m. for the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game, presented by Slumberland. Bring your bears and toss them after Tri-City’s first goal.
Fargo’s Paul Washe scored a power-play goal at 2:24 of the first. Michael Graham extended the lead with his ninth of the season at 10:08. Fargo led, 2-0, after the first.
Dop had 18 saves entering the final minute of the second. Blake Lizotte scored on an unassisted breakaway to make it 3-0 Force with 30 seconds left in the second.
Tri-City’s offense kicked into gear two minutes into third. Hawkinson stuffed in a saucer pass from Weissbach at the post to make to cut the Force edge to two.
Hank Crone jammed in an empty-net goal with 1:43 left to return the three-goal margin.
Slavin’s goal with 52 seconds left, assisted by Jace Foskey, developed at the right post. Standing still, Slavin waited for the puck to hop on his stick for his fourth of the season. Foskey has points in four of five games.
Fargo allowed six shots in the third and gave up a goal on the Storm’s final shot.
The Storm was 0-for-2 on the power play and killed off two of three Force opportunities.
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Click the link above to purchase tickets to the Storm’s annual Teddy Bear Toss, hosted by Slumberland. Bring your own teddy bears from home and throw them on the ice after Tri-City’s first goal.
Tri-City visits Madison for a pair of games at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11.
Spend your St. Patrick’s Day with the Storm as its hosts the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday, March 17 with $1 Coors Lights and a $5 Kids Friday.
The Storm is home on Friday, March 18 for “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank, against the Lumberjacks at 7:05 p.m. The Storm will giveaway capes to the first 1,000 kids and Tri-City will wear one-night only specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game to benefit pediatric cancer research. This is the second year the Storm has partnered with Sammy’s Superheroes and children affected by cancer will “buddy up” with Storm players and receive an all-access tour before the game.
Listen to all games on The Breeze 94.5 FM. Coverage starts with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.