The Milwaukee Power split the series with the Rochester Grizzles this weekend at Kettle Moraine Ice Center, dropping the opener 7-4 and battling back for a 3-0 victory Saturday.
The Power jumped out to an early lead on Friday night, but Rochester found life late in the game and the visitors walked away with the victory.
Patrick Toomey started the scoring with a short-handed goal at the 3:16 mark, his 19th goal of the season. Rochester tied it up at the 9:15 mark but the Power answer two more times in the period off goals from Bryce Garber and another from Patrick Toomey, assisted by Matthew Ebersole.
The only scoring in the second came with 2 seconds to go when Rochester was able to get one past Power goalie Brett Holmer.
The third was full of scoring as the visiting Grizzlies scored 2 quick goals in the first three minutes. Max Erstad tied it up at the 4:35 mark but the rest of the night belonged to Rochester, as they added 3 more goals to seal the 7-4 victory.
Power goalie Brett Holmer had 28 saves on the night.
Saturday proved to be a defensive battle as the game remained scoreless through two periods. Tyler Perkins tallied the first goal of the night 1:29 into the third period off assists from Max Mudge and Odin Klebba. DJ Gooley made it a 2 goal lead at the 6:03 mark off assists from Colin March and Odin Klebba. Rochester pulled goalie Chris Brown to provide an extra attacker and Matthew Ebersole netted the empty netter from long range at the 17:56 mark to seal the victory.
The Ally Three Stars of the game were DJ Gooley, Tyler Perkins and Adam Prokop. The Versifoam Hard Hat Player of the Game was awarded to Matthew Ebersole. The Kundinger Power Player of the Game goes to Adam Prokop with the 40 save shutout.
The Power travels to Blaine, MN for the NA3HL Showcase December 18-20. The Power will face the Danbury Hatricks on Sunday, December 18 at 5:15 pm, the Butte Cobras on Monday, December 19 at 12:15 and the New Ulm Steel on Tuesday, December 20 at 12:00. All games will be broadcast on HockeyTV.
The Power will not be on home ice again until January 14-15 when they take on the Wausau Cyclones at Kettle Moraine Ice Center. Game times are Saturday, January 14, 6:00 (Skate with the Power night) and Sunday afternoon, January 15, at 12:15.