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AUSTIN — Ben Almquist ended the drama Friday night after the Austin Bruins had extended their game against rival Aberdeen as far as it could go.

Almquist and the Bruins didn't wait quite so long on Saturday.

Almquist, a Victoria native and second-year Bruin, lifted Austin a 5-4 victory against the Wings on Friday by scoring on the final shot of a shootout.

Saturday, he gave the Bruins back-to-back wins against the defending North American Hockey League champions by setting up teammate Hugh Larkin's goal just 25 seconds into overtime that gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory against the Wings and a sweep of the weekend series.

The sweep helped Austin improve to 4-2-1 overall.

Jed Pietila also assisted on the OT winner on Saturday, a game in which Austin never trailed. Conner Tilmon gave the Bruins the early lead when he scored with 1:28 to go in the first period, with an assist from Carson Riddle.

Aberdeen tied the score 3:55 into the third on a Noah Etter goal, which is how the score remained until Larkin's OT tally. Zach Hansen recorded the win in goal for Austin.

Four Bruins scored once each in Friday's victory — Larkin, Riddle, Almquist and Tilmon — as Austin rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to force overtime, and eventually a shootout.

Tyler Shea earned the win in goal on Friday, making 18 saves.

The Bruins play a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Wilderness (Cloquet) this week, playing at Cloquet on Thursday and at Austin at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

GRIZZLIES EARN SPLIT

The Rochester Grizzlies bounced back from a loss Friday by beating NA3HL Central Division rival Coulee Region 5-2 on Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.

On the heels of a 3-2 loss Friday, the Grizzlies were sharp out of the gate on Saturday, scoring three first-period goals en route to a three-goal win in which they outshot the Chill 37-25.

Joey Fodstad, Garrett Smith and Devin Hays scored in the first 4:51 of the game. Fodstad added another goal in the second — his team-leading 10th of the season — and veteran Peyton Hart tacked on a short-handed goal in the third period with an assist from Smith.

Hart's tally made it 5-0 before the Chill rallied for two goals in the last half of the third period.

Shane Soderwall earned the win in goal for Rochester, improving to 4-0-0 as a starter this season for the 6-2-0 Grizzlies.

Rochester never led in Friday's game. Parker Severson scored with 2:18 left in the opening period to give the Chill the lead. Fodstad and Porter Haney scored for the Grizzlies.

Rochester is back on the road this week, with games at Peoria on Saturday (6:45 p.m.) and Sunday (1:15 p.m.). The Grizzlies return home Oct. 18 to face Granite City.

SATURDAY'S BOX SCORES

BRUINS 2, WINGS 1 (OT)

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Austin#1#0#0#1#—#2

Aberdeen: Noah Etter 1 goal; Jack Powell 1 assist; Clayton Cosentino 1 assist. Goalie: Henry Welsch (OTL, 0-1-2).

Austin: Conner Tilmon 1 goal; Carson Riddle 1 assist; Hugh Larkin 1 goal; Jed Pietila 1 assist; Ben Almquist 1 assist. Goalie: Zach Hansen (W, 1-0-0).

GRIZZLIES 5, CHILL 2

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Rochester#3#1#1#—#5

Coulee Region: Jacob Best 1 goal; Mason Manglitz 1 goal; Flavien Fondadouze 1 assist; Marco Escobar 1 assist; Gadel Khismatullin 1 assist. Goalie: Michael Janke (L, 1-1-0; 32 saves-37 shots).

Rochester: Joey Fodstad 2 goals, 1 assist; Garrett Smith 1 goal, 2 assists; Devin Hays 1 goal; Peyton Hart 1 goal; Clayton Shultz 1 assist; Porter Haney 1 assist; Logan Olson 1 assist; Matt DeRosa 1 assist; Ethan Noonan 1 assist. Goalie: Shane Soderwall (W, 4-0-0; 23 saves-25 shots).

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Jason has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter and columnist since 2004 and covers high school football, volleyball, softball, golf, hockey, junior hockey and auto racing. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota.