Cyclones Season Ends in Fraser Cup Playoffs

Friday night Rochester got on the board first at 2:20 with a goal by Logan Kroyman. The Grizzlies quickly made it 2-0 as Layten Liffrig scored his 15th of the year. Wausau battled back early in the second period to tie the game at two. The Cyclones got goals from Wesley Coquet (4:04) and Cj Zins (8:22) to quiet the crowd. Rochester regained the lead at 14:09 after Cole Gibson got one past Zach Dosan.Wausau, WI – The Wausau Cyclones took on the Rochester Grizzlies (38-6-2-1) in the division semifinals of the Fraser Cup Playoffs over the weekend. Wausau fell 5-3 in Game 1 in Rochester on Friday night and 5-1 in Game 2 Saturday night at Marathon Park in front of a sellout crowd, which eliminated Wausau from the postseason.

Rochester made it a 4-2 lead 25 seconds into the third after a goal from Kyle Bauer. Wausau forward Wesley Coquet scored a highlight reel goal at 8:09 to get the lead back down to just one goal. After a back and forth 10 minutes the Grizzlies put home an insurance goal at 18:35 to seal the Game 1 win. Zach Dosan took the loss in net after stopping 47 of 52 goals.

After coming up short in Game 1 the Cyclones were looking to bounce back in front of a capacity crowd on their home ice. The number one seed wouldn’t abide as they came out with 4 goals in the first period. The goals came from Luke Morrisette (4:12), Justin Wright (7:56), Kade Shea (12:48) and Logan Kroyman (14:42). Wausau got their lone goal of the evening from their team leading scorer in Gage Vierzba at 4:12 of the third period. Zach Dosan took the loss in net after stopping 37 of 42 shots.

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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]