Forge ends home stand with victory |

Forge ends home stand with victory

The Forge completed their first homestand Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Freeze.

The win also completed a two-game sweep of Chicago, which the Forge defeated, 4-2, on Friday night. The team now stands 5-0 in their inaugural North American Hockey League season.

Forge forward Andy Cote was the hero yesterday with a goal at 17:40 in the third period. The winning goal came off of Doug Conley’s centering pass/shot that deflected off Cote’s skate and into an open net behind Chicago goaltender Matt Modelski, who was caught going the other way.

Forge defenseman Mike Dagel appeared to be the hero in waiting with a goal with just over four minutes remaining to play. The goal was not allowed, however, because of a man in the crease.

The Forge returns to action Friday and Saturday when they travel to Michigan to play the Soo Indians. The next homestand is scheduled against the Capital Centre Pride on Oct. 12-13.

The game appeared to be headed to a blowout midway through the second period after the Forge’s Bernie Chmiel scored two goals in a five-minute span. Chicago made a game of it with a power play goal from Chris Conner at 14:02.

Chmiel started the scoring with a goal from the top of the left circle. It was the first shot of the period for the Forge. Chicago came right back and put the pressure on the Forge following a penalty. On the ensuing power play, Chicago’s Chris Conner and Brian Carthas missed on great scoring chances. Conner’s shot went up over the goal, and Carthas fanned in front of an open net.

Chmiel’s second goal a few minutes later appeared to put another nail in the coffin. The goal followed several minutes of rough play in front of the goal after the Forge’s Josh Coyle was called for charging when he rammed into the goaltender. In the mix up, Chicago’s James Arus was called for roughing.

With both players in the penalty box, the sides were even, and it was less than a minute later when Chmiel scored his second goal.

Penalties started to mount midway through the second period, and it was with two men in the box, Cory Dean and Brian Hartman, when Chicago finally scored a power play goal.

Six minutes into the third period, the Forge almost took the lead back to two goals, but a four-shot flurry came up empty – except for a delay of game penalty against Chicago’s Trick for knocking the goal off its moorings.

In Friday’s victory, Forge forward Andy Brandt had two goals, and yesterday, he had an assist on each of Chmiel’s goals and on Cote’s game-winner.

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