ROCHESTER, MN –It might not have been pretty, but the Rochester Grizzlies found a way.
Facing the Milwaukee Power for the first time on home ice this season, the Grizzlies came away with a 3-1 Friday night from the Rochester Recreation Center. Friday was the Power’s first visit to Rochester this season. It was also the seventh home game in a row for Rochester, which finishes off an eight-game homestand Saturday evening. Kolton Kane opened the scoring for the Grizzlies at 13:47 of the first period with his third of the year. Kane finished off a nice backhand pass from Kade Shea and just beat Power goalie Spencer Northway. This marked the 13th time out of 18 games Rochester has opened the scoring.
The second period saw more tight-checking between the two Central Division rivals. Rochester would eventually find the back of the net when Luke Morrisette tipped in a Mason Thingvold point shot, making it 2-1. That marked Morrisette’s second goal of the season and first since Oct. 1. The Power would come back later in the period as Michael Dalaly collected his own blocked shot and fired a wrist shot past Lucas Henderson for a power-play goal, cutting the lead to 2-1 at 16:38 of the second. Henderson had to make some big saves in the third period with Milwaukee applying pressure, trying to tie the game. Waage would eventually add an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds to go, making it 3-1. Shea assisted on that goal, giving him three assists on the evening. With the win in net, it marked Henderson’s first win since his last start coming back on Oct. 16. Henderson was out for that time with an injury.
Rochester moves up to 17-1-0 and 34 points, sitting on top of the NA3HL Central Division. The final game of the home stand is Saturday evening where Milwaukee and Rochester will wrap up the weekend series. Puck drop is set for 7:05.