FARGO — The Fargo Force buried three goals in the second period to fuel a 4-2 victory over Waterloo on Thursday in United States Hockey League action at Scheels Arena.

Jack Peart, the 2021 Minnesota Mr. Hockey award winner, scored his first goal this season in the opening period to put the Force up 1-0, assisted by Jacob Braccini.

After Peart's strike was the lone goal of the first period, the second frame featured four total goals. Three of those goals belonged to the Force. Owen Gallatin buried his fourth of the season on assists from Cody Monds and Aaron Huglen 1 minute, 16 seconds into the second. Bear Hughes then struck 27 seconds later to push the Force advantage to 3-0. It was Hughes' ninth this year and was assisted by Matthew Crasa and Jeremy Davidson.

Mason Reiners gave Waterloo some life midway through the second period with a goal at 10:47, but Gallatin answered with his second of the frame with a helper from Hughes, to extend Fargo's lead to 4-1.

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Ryan O'Hara got one more for Waterloo in the third, but that's all Force goalie Brennan Boynton allowed. The Fargo netminder finished with 23 saves, days after collapsing on the ice last Saturday.

The Force (29-19-3) sit in second place in the Western Conference with 61 points, two points behind first-place Tri-City. Fargo is scheduled to play Waterloo again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the team's final home game of the regular season.