Home-ice advantage was irrelevant for the Rochester Grizzlies and the Granite City Lumberjacks over the weekend.
The Grizzlies beat the Lumberjacks 4-2 on Friday at Sauk Rapids, and Granite City returned the favor on Saturday, beating the Grizzlies 3-1 at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Granite City took a 2-0 lead in the second period Saturday and held off a third-period charge by the Grizzlies. Joey Fodstad scored the lone Grizzlies goal 3:21 into the third to help Rochester pull within 2-1, but they couldn't score again, and Granite City added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Mathias Backstrom made 27 saves in the narrow defeat.
Rochester trailed Friday's game 1-0 after one period, but Lucas Newman and Matthew DeRosa scored in the second period for a 2-1 lead. The Lumberjacks tied the score 1:41 into the third, but Nic Leisen notched the game winner with 3:37 to play and Devin Hays added an empty-net goal.
Backstrom stopped 34 shots in the win.
The Grizzlies are off until Nov. 1-2, when they host Peoria and Milwaukee.
LUMBERJACKS 3, GRIZZLIES 1
Rochester: Joey Fodstad 1 goal; Porter Haney 1 assist; Devin Hays 1 assist. Goalie: Mathias Backstrom (L, 3-2-0; 27 saves-29 shots).
Granite City: Sean Davidson 1 goal; Cody Dias 1 goal; Nikolai Rajala 1 goal. Goalie: Nate Johnston (W, 4-0-0; 23 saves-24 shots).
GRIZZLIES 4, LUMBERJACKS 2
Granite City: Blake Spetz 1 goal; Carson Simon 1 goal, 1 assist; Bailey Sommers 2 assists. Goalie: Bailey Huber (L, 2-1-0; 26 saves-29 shots).
Rochester: Lucas Newman 1 goal; Zak Justice 1 assist; Matt DeRosa 1 goal; Peyton Hart 1 assist; Nic Leisen 1 goal; Jesper Hofling 1 assist; Devin Hays 1 goal; Joey Fodstad 1 assist. Goalie: Mathias Backstrom (W, 3-1-0; 34 saves-36 shots).
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BRUINS SWEPT BY BOBCATS
The Austin Bruins' offensive struggles continued over the weekend against NAHL Central Division rival Bismarck. The Bruins were swept in a two-game series, falling 5-2 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday.
Austin outshot Bismarck 40-27 on Saturday, but couldn't solve goalie Andrew Miller.
Bismarck scored all of its goals in the first period, all in a span of 4:45.
Jaxon Friedman and Tyler Shea split time in goal for the Bruins.
In Friday's game, Hugh Larkin and Carson Riddle scored 1:34 apart to give Austin a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. But Bismarck's Grant Johnson scored 57 seconds after Riddle to tie the score, then Daniel Chladek scored five minutes later to give the Bobcats a permanent lead.
The Bruins have three games this week, at home at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday against the Minnesota Wilderness, then two games at Minot on Friday and Saturday.