ROCHESTER, Minn. – There was no end of the regular season slump for the Rochester Grizzlies. In the final game, the Grizzlies took care of business and came away with a big 7-1 win over the Wausau RiverWolves, extending their franchise-long win streak to 12 after setting the record Thursday night. The second longest win streak dates back to the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
Friday night’s first period started out slower for the Grizzlies, as a determined Wausau team came ready to play. Joey Fodstad opened the scoring at 13:42 of the first period after knocking home a rebound past RiverWolves goalie Joseph La Forge. The lead would double just about three minutes later as Kyle Brown redirected in a point shot by Tyler Huffer, doubling the lead for the home team.
In the second period, Cole Gibson scored Rochester’s 10th shorthanded goal of the regular season after banking the puck in off La Forge. Nolan Gifford cut the lead to two after backhanding a shot up and over the glove of Grizzlies goalie Zach Wiese at the 12:36 mark of the second. Rochester would rattle off two more goals in the second period. Rochester, MN product Dylan Schneider tallied his third goal of the weekend at 14:29 and Fodstad got his second at 17:05 to make it 5-1 Rochester.
The Grizzlies would get two more in the third period with Tommy Gordon and Matt DeRosa rounding out the scoring. DeRosa’s goal would be his 25th of the season as he ends the regular season with the team lead in goals. Zach Wiese stopped 22 of 23 shots to earn his 13th win of the year.
Rochester finishes the regular season 34-5-0-1 and good for 69 points. The Grizzlies now wait roughly two weeks until the playoffs begin Apr. 1. Rochester will have home ice advantage throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs after winning the Central Division regular season title. Be sure to keep tabs on all our social media pages for ticket information on the playoff games.