Posted by: Feldman
Sorry this is getting posted so late, but at least I beat faceoff for each of tonight's games. Baby Feldy is being particularly uncooperative today. Apparently she doesn't appreciate me trying to get some work done. Who knew a 2-month-old has to eat so much? ;)
Three Rochester teams -- all but Century -- are in action tonight. The biggest game of those three, at least in terms of postseason implications, is up in Lakeville, at 7:30 p.m. Rochester Mayo travels there to face Lakeville North. Right now, those teams would most likely be sitting in the top three of the section, along with Lakeville South, for playoff seedimg purposes. A Mayo win could all but lock up that top-3 seed. The Spartans still have to play Century and Owatonna once more, but Mayo has already defeated them once each.
We'll break down the Section 1 seeding possibilities later this week, likely after Thursday's big game between Mayo and Owatonna. That game will not only impact the Section 1AA seedings. but it will also have a big say in who becomes the Big Nine Conference champion.
For now, though, a look at tonight's games:
MAYO at LAKEVILLE NORTH
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ames Arena, Lakeville.
Records: Mayo 12-6-0 overall; North 9-10-0.
Coaches: Mayo, Lorne Grosso; North, Trent Eigner.
Last meeting: North beat Mayo, 3-1, on Dec. 23, 2010, at Graham Arena.
Last game: Mayo won at Albert Lea, 4-2, on Saturday. North lost to Apple Valley, 6-5, on Saturday.
Game notes: Mayo is 6-2-0 in its past eight games. The Spartans have allowed a total of 15 goals in that span. ... Mayo is 6-1-0 against Section 1AA opponents so far this season. North is 2-0-0, including a victory against Lakeville South. ... North is led by forwards Blake Winiecki (19-20--39) and Evan Peterson (18-18--36).
SOUTH ST. PAUL at JOHN MARSHALL
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rochester Recreation Center
Records: SSP 7-9-2; JM 9-9-1.
Coaches: SSP, Jeff Lagoo; JM, Jay Ness.
Last meeting: SSP beat JM, 2-1, on Feb. 1, 2011, at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul. Adam Barlow's power play goal with 2:50 to go gave the Packers the victory.
Last game: SSP won at Rochester Mayo, 2-1 in OT, last Thursday; JM beat Mankato West, 1-0, on Saturday.
Game notes: South St. Paul is just 3-7-0 in its past 10 games, though the three wins have been within the past five games. ... JM is led in scoring by juniors Gavin Sandwick (11-16--27) and Hunter Heightland (9-13--22). ... SSP's leading scorer is Mick Grundtner (7-9--16).
No. 10-A LOURDES at MONTICELLO/ANNANDALE/MAPLE LAKE
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Moose Sherritt Arena
Records: Lourdes 12-6-0; Monticello 3-15-1
Coaches: Lourdes, Josh Spaniol; M/A/ML, Sheldon Weston
Last meeting: Lourdes beat M/A/ML, 4-1, on Feb. 1, 2011, at Graham Arena. Jason Samuelson had a goal and an assist for the Eagles.
Last game: Lourdes lost at Delano/Rockford, 3-2, on Saturday; Monticello lost to Cambridge-Isanti, 6-4, on Thursday.
Game notes: Monticello has lost eight consecutive games, two of them in overtime. The Moose have lost in OT three times this season. ... Monticello was 12-13-1 last season. ... The Moose have four players who have reached double digits in scoring, led by Soph. F Colton Jones (8-9--17). ... Lourdes juniors Alex Funk (21-18--39) and Jason Samuelson (16-23--39) are tied for the team lead in scoring.