Junior hockey: Grizzlies rally on road for big win
SAUK RAPIDS — The Rochester Grizzlies scored three times in 5 minutes midway through the third period to rally from two goals down to beat Granite City 4-3 in a North American 3 Hockey League game Saturday.
The victory moves the Grizzlies (13-4-0) back within two points of Granite City and North Iowa, who are tied atop the NA3HL West Division.
Rochester Lourdes graduate Logan Olson notched the game-winning goal for the Grizzlies on a power play at the 13:18 mark of the third. That capped a furious rally for Rochester, which also received third-period goals from Matt DeRosa and Richard Szabo.
Granite City (14-2-0) led 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 after two.
Vlad Sorokin scored in the opening period for Rochester, his 15th of the year. Sorokin, Szabo, Colin Mehren and Lucas Newman had one assist each. Nick Bucklin made 26 saves in the win for the Grizzlies, who were outshot 29-25.
The victory is a big one for the Grizzlies, who lost at Granite City 10-0 in the season opener back on Sept. 15.
Rochester plays at Alexandria at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. It returns home Saturday to face Granite City at 7:05 p.m. at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Bruins BOUNCE BACK FOR SPLIT AGAINST BOBCATS
AUSTIN — The Austin Bruins bounced back from a tough loss Friday by rolling to a 5-1 victory against North American Hockey League Central Division rival Bismarck on Saturday at Riverside Arena.
The Bruins (12-5-3) also put a little space between themselves and Aberdeen in a jam-packed race for points in the division. Austin remains alone in second place, three points up on Aberdeen and four points up on Bismarck (11-7-1).
Andy Willis gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first, then Austin broke the game open — and chased Bobcats’ starting goalie John Roberts — with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period, from Dante Sheriff, Levi Stauber and Garrett Dahm. Sheriff added another goal in the third to cap the scoring.
RPI commit Brett Miller earned the victory in goal, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Austin outshot Bismarck 38-26.
Austin plays host to the Chippewa Steel at 7:05 p.m. Friday.