ROCHESTER, Minn. – These are the games the Rochester Grizzlies will need to win in order to keep the top spot in the Central Division. Joey Fodstad and Hunter Wilmes each scored two goals as the Grizzlies defeated the Milwaukee Power 7-2 from the Rochester Recreation Center. With the win, the Grizzlies move five points up over the idle Peoria Mustangs for first place in the Central Division.
Cole Gibson started the scoring for the Grizzlies at 7:40 of the first period after a great centering feed from Cody Reagle. Gibson’s fifth of the season was also assisted by Tyler Huffer. Forty seconds later, Wilmes picked up his first of the evening after Garrett Smith won the face-off to Wilmes, who fired the puck past Power goalie Cole Shane. Fodstad picked up his first of the game right at the end of a Rochester penalty, making it 3-0 at the 10:59 mark of the first. Peyton Hart made a power move with the initial save being made by Shane, but the rebound was left for Fodstad. Fodstad then scored a highlight reel goal at 14:05 of the first, extending the lead to 4-0 Rochester.
Milwaukee scored its first of the evening 40 seconds into the second period, as Simon Ellingson beat Zach Wiese from all alone in front of the net. Rochester answered just 40 seconds later with Wilmes getting his second of the game. Smith and Huffer assisted on Wilmes’ 11th of the season. Rochester kept it up throughout the second period with Teppei Ueno and Peyton Hart getting the sixth and seventh goals.
The Power would add a third period tally by Mason Proskin to make it 7-2. Proskin would then get into a fight with Grizzlies’ defenseman Logan Kroyman immediately following his goal. Both players were ejected from the game.
Wiese would stop 27 of 29 shots to pick up his ninth win of the season. Six Grizzlies had multi-point efforts in the win, as the team improves to 24-5-0-1 (49 points).
Rochester and Milwaukee battle it out again Saturday evening from Milwaukee to complete the home-and-home series. Rochester is back home next weekend for Friday and Saturday dates against the Oregon Tradesmen.