OREGON, Wis. — The Rochester Grizzlies made some lineup changes on Saturday after suffering their second consecutive loss on Friday night.
The changes got everyone's attention.
The Grizzlies scored the game's first four goals en route to a 5-1 North American 3 Hockey League victory against the Oregon Tradesmen. Rochester improved to 10-2-0 with the win.
Third-year Grizzlies Peyton Hart and Joey Fodstad scored in the second period to put their team up for good. Hunter Wilmes, Teejay Torgrimson and Thomas Kayner added third-period goals to help goalie Zach Wiese pick up his third victory of the season.
The lone Oregon goal was scored by a former Grizzlies defenseman, Luke McKinch, his first goal as a Tradesmen, in his fourth game with the team.
The Grizzlies are scheduled to play at Wausau on Friday, though the team's immediate future is uncertain. All rinks in Minnesota have been shut down until Dec. 18, and no official decision has been made as to whether the Grizzlies will continue to play out-of-state games over the next four weeks.
Rochester only has two home games scheduled between now and Dec. 18, but it will likely not be able to practice in Minnesota during that time.
GRIZZLIES 5, TRADESMEN 1
Rochester 0 2 3 — 5
Oregon 0 0 1 — 1
First period — no scoring. Second period — 1. ROC, Peyton Hart 6 (Garrett Smith 7) 5:00. 2. ROC, Joey Fodstad 2 (Smith 8) 7:28. Third period — 3. ROC, Hunter Wilmes 5 (unassisted) :29. 4. ROC, Teejay Torgrimson 1 (Marco Troje 1) 7:16. 5. ORE, Luke McKinch 1 (unassisted) 10:07. 6. ROC, Thomas Kayner 2 (Torgrimson 2) 17:28.
Shots on goal — not available. Goalies — ROC, Zach Wiese (W, 3-1-0; saves not available); ORE, Hunter Adams (L, 4-4-0; saves not available). Power-play opportunities — not available. Penalties — not available.