OREGON, Wis. — The Rochester Grizzlies battled back from two goals down on Friday night, but they couldn't complete the comeback.
The Oregon Tradesmen scored twice in the final 1:22 to pull out a 4-2 North American 3 Hockey League victory against the Grizzlies. The loss is the second in a row for Rochester (9-2-0) after opening the season on a nine-game winning streak.
Oregon, which was swept by the Grizzlies in a two-game series two weeks ago in the first-ever meetings between the teams, scored twice in the first 17 minutes of the second period to go up 2-0.
Rochester's Dylan Schneider got his team on the board with 59 seconds to play in the second with his sixth goal of the season. Another Grizzlies veteran, Matt DeRosa, scored 2:58 into the third period — his fourth goal of the season — to tie the score.
But the Tradesmen (6-4-0) pushed late in the third and scored 1:22 remaining, a goal by Sam VanderHoeven that held up as the game winner. Brent Edmondson added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to go.
Like it did in its first loss of the season, Rochester outshot its opponent, yet suffered the loss. The Grizzlies outshot Oregon 40-33 on Friday.
Tradesmen goalie Hunter Adams made 38 saves in the win, while Shane Soderwall made 29 saves in his first loss of the season.
The teams are scheduled to meet again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Oregon.
TRADESMEN 4, GRIZZLIES 2
Rochester 0 1 1 — 2
Oregon 0 2 2 — 4
First period — no scoring. Second period — 1. ORE, Abe Laggis 1 (Dylan Dent 4, Parker Severson 6) 1:30. 2. ORE, Leo Renlund 1 (Sam VanderHoeven 8) 16:47. 3. ROC, Dylan Schneider 6 (Matt DeRosa 2, Tyler Huffer 6) 19:01 (pp). Third period — 4. ROC, DeRosa 4 (Peyton Hart 4, Schneider 3) 2:58 (pp). 5. ORE, VanderHoeven 6 (Danny Reis 1, Brent Edmondson 3) 18:38. 6. ORE, Edmondson 3 (Gunnar Schiffmann 4) 19:15 (en).
Shots on goal — ROC 14-15-11—40; ORE 13-8-12—33. Goalies — ROC, Shane Soderwall (L, 5-1-0; 29 saves-32 shots); ORE, Hunter Adams (W, 4-3-0; 38 saves-40 shots). Power-play opportunities — ROC 2-for-3; ORE 0-for-4. Penalties — ROC, 4-8 minutes; ORE 3-6 minutes.
Attendance — 100. Time of game — 2:14.