Despite an 0 for 7 performance on the power play, the Fargo Force punched in two goals in the latter half of the third period and defeated the Sioux City Musketeers 2-1 on Saturday at Scheels Arena.

Sioux City's Joel Maatta scored the game's first goal at 5:20 of the first and Musketeers goalie Alex Tracy and Force goalie Brennan Boynton traded saves from that point on.

The Force knotted the game 1-1 when Bear Hughes scored on assists from Cody Monds and Aaron Huglen at 12:52 of the third. Fargo's Matthew Crasa scored the game-winner, his eighth of the year, at 15:02 on assists from Grant Slukynsky and Jacob Braccini.

Boynton finished with 27 saves and Tracy stopped 29.

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The Force, now with 44 points, maintained an eight point edge on Omaha in the USHL's Western Conference. Fargo plays next at Lincoln on Feb. 28.