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34 posts from January 2012

January 31, 2012

High School Hockey Tonight | Jan. 31, 2012

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). 
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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).
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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.

January 28, 2012

High School Hockey Today | Jan. 28, 2012

Posted by: Feldman
Three Rochester teams take the ice today, including two in games that could have a big impact on the Big Nine Conference standings. Century is the only team not playing tonight; the Panthers are off until Thursday.

TODAY'S GAMES

MAYO at ALBERT LEA
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Albert Lea City Arena
Records: Mayo, 8-1-0 Big Nine, 11-6-0 overall; Albert Lea, 7-4-0, 9-8-1.
Coaches: Mayo, Lorne Grosso; Albert Lea, Roy Nystrom.
Last meeting: Mayo beat Albert Lea, 6-2, on Dec. 22 at Graham Arena. Mayo scored four second-period goals. Matt Rogers and Adam Alcott had two goals each for the Spartans.
Last game: Mayo lost to South St. Paul, 2-1 in OT, on Thursday; Albert Lea lost to Owatonna, 6-1, on Thursday.
Game notes: A Mayo victory will give it sole possession of first place in the Big Nine. An Albert Lea win would move the Tigers into a second-place tie with Mayo, one point back of conference-leading Owatonna. … Grosso and Nystrom are among the top-five winningest coaches in Minnesota high school hockey history. They played on the same line at the University of Minnesota. … The Tigers are led in scoring by senior F Levi Hacker (17-16—33).

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MANKATO WEST at JOHN MARSHALL
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Rochester Recreation Center
Records: West, 6-5-0 Big Nine, 8-8-1 overall; JM, 7-4-0, 8-9-1.
Coaches: West, Curtis Doell; JM, Jay Ness.
Last meeting: West beat JM, 2-1, on Dec. 17 at Mankato. Derek Frentz scored the game winning goal with 5:35 to go in the third. Sam Broman scored for JM.
Last game: West beat Faribault, 4-3, on Jan. 19; JM lost to Mayo, 4-1, last Saturday.
Game notes: A win by JM would keep it within at least two points of first place in the Big Nine and essentially end West's slim hopes of winning the conference. … JM's leading scorer, junior F Gavin Sandwick (11-16—27) has 14 points in the past five games, including two five-point games.

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No. 10 LOURDES at No. 14 DELANO/ROCKFORD
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Delano Area Sports Arena.
Records: Lourdes 12-5-0 overall; Delano/Rockford 13-6-0.
Coaches: Lourdes, Josh Spaniol; D/R, Steve Brown.
Last meeting: Lourdes won at Delano, 5-1, on Jan. 22, 2011. The Eagles led 3-0 after one period. Rory Vesel scored twice, while Ryan Nicolay and Jason Samuelson had a goal and an assist for the Eagles.
Last game: Lourdes won at Chanhassen, 9-2, last Saturday; Delano/Rockford won at Waconia, 7-0, on Thursday.
Game notes: The Tigers are led in scoring by Dillon McLain, a senior F who has 9 goals, 22 assists, for 31 points. McLain only has one point in the past four games. … Lourdes is 7-3-0 in its past 10. It has scored 28 goals in its past four games. … Delano is 8-2-0 in its past 10, including three shutout victories.

January 27, 2012

One of college hockey's best brawls turns 30 (and involved a Rochester player)

Posted by: Feldman

I was 6 when The Water Bottle Game happened.

If you haven't heard of The Water Bottle Game, that's OK. It means you're not a fan of Wisconsin or North Dakota when it comes to college hockey. But, if you are a fan of either of those teams, and you're my age (36) or older, you had better remember TWBG.

Here's a link to a story in the Grand Forks Herald, which goes into great detail about the event. If you can't read the story (I believe you need to sign up with a username), we'll sum it up below.

Also, here's a YouTube video of the incident. I believe the action kicks in about 30 seconds into the clip.

The backstory: UND and Wisconsin were, and still are, heated rivals in the 1980s. The teams first played in 1968. UND won national championships in 1980 and 1982. Wisconsin won in 1981 and 1983.

In a regular season game at Dane County Coliseum in Madison, nearly 30 years ago today (it'll be 30 years on Monday), Wisconsin's John Newberry squired NoDak's Cary Eades (a current UND assistant coach) twice in the face with a water bottle as Eades skated by the Badgers' bench.

After the second squirt, Eades walked onto Wisconsin's bench and put his stick up near Newberry's throat. Wisconsin's Pat Ethier saw Eades confront Newberry, and Ethier ran down the bench and punched Eades. That punch set off the brawl.

The brawl spilled down the tunnel, into the beer gardens, and eventually involved fans and police.

A fact that I didn't know from that brawl appears in the Grand Forks Herald story: "At the end of the brawl, Wisconsin’s Todd Lecy started launching UND’s abandoned equipment — gloves and sticks — into the stands."

Yep, Todd Lecy, who won a state high school championship at JM four years before this brawl.

No surprise to anyone who watched college hockey back then, UND's Jim Archibald re-ignited the brawl, running back to the ice from the beer gardens and throwing a haymaker at a Wisconsin player that eventually earned him a five-game suspension.

Archibald is now the head hockey coach at Brainerd High School; his team won the Kiwanis Festival here in Rochester in 2009 and 2010. In passing, I mentioned The Water Bottle Game to Archibald last year, hoping he'd let the story flow from his perspective. He just smiled.

This isn't condoning fighting, certainly not condoning a bench-clearing brawl. It's just pointing out an incident that Wisconsin and UND fans still laugh about.

January 26, 2012

Poll time (a day late) and Dodge County note

Posted by: Feldman

Sorry, I'm late by a day with the polls. 

We'll get to them in a minute, but, first, here's a link to a short article in today's P-B on the state of the Dodge County boys hockey program. It's been a rough season for the Wildcats (2-14-0), but the future is brighter. They have more than a dozen players coming up from a good Bantam team next season and all three of their captains will be back. Here's a link to today's article; you can read the whole thing if you're a subscriber.

Now, onto this week's polls, from Let's Play Hockey magazine.

Lourdes remains No. 10 in the boys Class A poll, while the Red Wing girls fell one spot to No. 9 in Class A. The Mankato East girls held steady at No. 11. The Hermantown boys and Breck girls remain at No. 1 in the Class A polls.

In AA, the Minnetonka boys have moved into the top spot after dismantling the previous No. 1, Duluth East, last Saturday in a Hockey Day Minnesota game. East dropped to No. 2. Lakeville South, at No. 15, is the only Section 1 team in the poll. In the girls Class AA poll, Benilde-St. Margaret's is No. 1, while Section 1 teams Lakeville North (No. 8) and South (No. 10) are in the top 10.

All of this week's polls:

CLASS A
BOYS
1. Hermantown
2. St. Thomas Academy
3. Breck
4. Duluth Marshall
5. Thief River Falls
6. East Grand Forks
7. Totino-Grace
8. St. Cloud Cathedral
9. Mahtomedi
10. Rochester Lourdes
11. Blake
12. Warroad
13. Little Falls
14. Delano/Rockford
15. Hibbing/Chisholm
16. Rogers
17. Duluth Denfeld
18. Orono
19. Mound-Westonka
20. International Falls

GIRLS

1. Breck
2. Warroad
3. South St. Paul
4. Thief River Falls
5. Orono
6. Blake
7. Mound-Westonka
8. Chisago Lakes
9. Red Wing
10. Rogers
11. Mankato East
12. Crookston
13. Visitation
14. Hutchinson
15. Hibbing/Chisholm
16. Henry Sibley
17. Simley
18. East Grand Forks
19. Alexandria
20. International Falls
(tie). Mahtomedi 

* * * * *

CLASS AA
BOYS
1. Minnetonka
2. Duluth East
3. Maple Grove
4. Eagan
5. Edina
6. Benilde-St. Margaret's
7. Moorhead
8. Eden Prairie
9. Wayzata
10. Hill-Murray
11. Grand Rapids
12. Blaine
13. Burnsville
14. Andover
15. Lakeville South
16. Centennial
17. Elk River
18. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton
19. Roseau
20. Roseville Area
(tie). Brainerd 

GIRLS

1. Benilde-St. Margaret's
2. Anoka
3. Hill-Murray
4. Minnetonka
5. Roseville
6. Edina
7. Elk River
8. Lakeville North
9. Eagan
10. Lakeville South
11. White Bear Lake
12. Mounds View
13. Irondale
14. Stillwater
15. Andover
16. Hopkins
17. Chaska/Chanhassen
18. Centennial
19. North Wright County
20. Blaine

High School Hockey Tonight | Jan. 26, 2012

Posted by: Feldman

It's been a light week for sports events among Rochester teams, since the public schools were testing this week. A couple of boys hockey teams get back to game action tonight, including Century, which has been off for nine days since finishing a brutal stretch of seven games in a two-week span. Big Nine Conference-leading Mayo is also back in action, with a non-conference game at Graham Arena.

JM and Lourdes are off until Saturday.

TONIGHT'S GAMES

CENTURY at FARIBAULT
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Faribault Ice Arena
Records: Century 7-2-1 Big Nine, 11-5-2 overall; 2-7-0, 3-12-0
Coaches: Century, Josh Klingfus; Faribault, Brad Ryan
Last meeting: Century beat Faribault, 5-4, on Dec. 8 at the Rochester Rec Center. Century scored twice in the third period to rally from a 4-3 deficit. Senior Nick Jacobs led the way for the Panthers with two goals and two assists.
Last game: Century tied at Owatonna, 2-2, on Jan. 17;  Faribault lost to Owatonna, 5-0, on Saturday.
Game notes: Jacobs leads Century in scoring (9-15--24), but has just two points in the past seven games. ... Century is 1-2-1 in its past four games, after an eight-game winning streak. ... Faribault hasn't won more than one game in a row this season and has suffered a pair of five-game losing streaks. ... The Falcons have just one player who has reached double figures in scoring. Sr. F Caleb Sevier has 8-3--11.

SOUTH ST. PAUL at MAYO
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Graham Arena I.
Records: South St. Paul 6-9-1 overall; Mayo 11-5-0.
Coaches: SSP, Jeff Lagoo; Mayo, Lorne Grosso.
Last meeting: South St. Paul beat Mayo, 3-2, on Jan. 13, 2011. Mayo coach Lorne Grosso was seeking career win No. 617 that night, which would've moved him past Edina's Willard Ikola for first place on the all-time wins by a Minnesota coach list. 
Last game: South St. Paul lost to North St. Paul, 8-5, on Tuesday; Mayo beat John Marshall, 4-1, on Saturday. 
Game notes: SSP is led by senior F Mick Grundtner (7-8--15) and sophomore F Billy Brandecker (6-9--15). .. The Packers are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games, though that includes a narrow 1-0 loss to the No. 2-ranked team in Class A, St. Thomas Academy. ... Mayo has won five of its past six games. In the five victories, the Spartans have allowed a total of seven goals. ... After tonight, Mayo plays seven of its final eight games against Big Nine Conference opponents. 

January 24, 2012

High School Hockey | Breaking down the Big 9 race

Posted by: Feldman

While the boys hockey regular season is two-thirds complete, most Big Nine Conference teams are only halfway through their conference schedules. Still, to me, it's not too early to break down the race for the conference crown.

I know, teams are ultimately judged on what they do once the Section 1 tournament starts, but let's not discount the significance of the bragging rights, the banner and the great memories that come with winning a conference championship.

Austin and Mankato East are officially eliminated from winning the conference; Winona and Faribault are on the verge of elimination.

Mayo, Owatonna, Century, John Marshall and Albert Lea all still have realistic hopes of winning the Big Nine; Mankato West can still be considered a contender, too, though they'll need a little more help than others to win the conference.

So, here's where the contenders for the Big Nine title stand with about three weeks to go in the regular season:

ROCHESTER MAYO
Currently: 8-1-0 Big Nine, first place, 18 points
Conference loss: John Marshall 
Points remaining to play for: 16
Total possible points: 34
Notes: Mayo has the best-case scenario on its side. The Spartans get to use the cliche, they "control their own destiny." Indeed, if they win out, they win the Big Nine. They're the only one-loss team left, though they still have games left against four of the other five teams with hopes of winning the conference. The Spartans have avenged their only conference loss twice, beating JM at the Kiwanis Festival and again last Saturday.

OWATONNA
Currently: 7-3-1, second place, 17 points
Conference losses: Albert Lea, Century, Mayo.
Conference tie: Century
Points remaining to play for: 12
Total possible points: 29
Notes: The Huskies hold one-goal wins against JM and Mankato West, a tie and a one-goal loss against Century, and a one-goal loss against Mayo. In other words, they're a couple of bounces away from leading the conference right now. ... If the Huskies are going to capture the Big Nine crown, they'll have to be road warriors. They have road games remaining against Albert Lea, Mayo and Mankato West.

JOHN MARSHALL
Currently: 7-4-0, T-3rd place, 16 points
Conference losses: West, Century, Owatonna, Mayo
Points remaining to play for: 12
Total possible points: 28
Notes: JM holds victories against two of the Big Nine teams it lost to -- Mayo and Century. The Rockets can avenge their other two conference losses, with games against West (Thursday) and at Owatonna (Feb. 11) still to come. ... JM plays four of its final six conference games on the road.

ALBERT LEA
Currently: 7-3-0, T-3rd place, 16 points
Conference losses: Mayo, Century, JM
Points remaining to play for: 14
Total possible points: 30
Notes: The Tigers will have to find some consistency if they hope to challenge for the conference title into the final week. They had a five-game winning streak early in the season (Dec. 6-Dec. 20), but have not won two games in a row since then. 

CENTURY
Currently: 7-2-1, 5th place, 15 points
Conference losses: JM, Mayo
Conference tie: Owatonna
Points remaining to play for: 16
Total possible points: 31
Notes: Along with Mayo, Century has the most remaining points to play for. The Panthers have been battling some injury issues, particularly on defense, but it appears as though they may be getting healthy in time for the stretch run and the postseason. They also have two four-point games remaining -- at Austin and at Mankato East. Four of Century's six remaining conference games are on the road.

MANKATO WEST
Currently: 6-5-0, 6th place, 12 points
Conference losses: Albert Lea, Mayo, Century (x2), Owatonna.
Points remaining: 14
Total possible points: 26
Notes: The Scarlets need to win out and get a lot of help; they need Mayo to lose at least three more times, and need the other teams in front of them to lose at least once. West has games remaining against JM, Albert Lea, Mayo and Owatonna. Five of the Scarlets' final eight games are at home, including their last three.

High School Hockey | Lourdes hits tough home stretch

Posted by: Feldman

Rochester Lourdes has traditionally played a difficult schedule to prepare itself for the intensity of the section and -- if it happens to get so far -- state tournaments. This season is no exception.

The Eagles, ranked No. 10 in the latest Class A state poll, are two-thirds of the way through their schedule. They're 12-5-0 with eight games to go. While they're not the same type of team they were a year ago, they should be pleased with their record and ranking at this point of the season.

Consider: (1) Lourdes came into this season with question marks at goalie and on defense. Senior Jesse Neumann has improved in goal as the season's gone on, and he's played against enough top-end opponents now to be able to hold his own in the postseason, when the nerves and intensity are ratcheted up; and (2) the Eagles lost defensemen Rory Vesel, Alec Brandrup and Sam Slightam (as well as standout goalie Nick Heimer) to graduation. You put those three back in the rotation and Lourdes goalies are probably facing 6-8 less shots per game.

That said, the Eagles are doing what the coaching staff hoped for at the start of the season: They're developing some young defensemen as the season goes along and getting solid play and leadership out of the veterans they have on the blue line. That group is led by junior Karl Krecke, a third-year varsity regular, who is a solid two-way defenseman and has taken over nicely for Vesel, running the point on the power play.

Senior Justin Dewitz, who moved to D from forward at the start of the season, has given the Eagles more stability and point production on the blue line than I'm sure the coaching staff had dared to hope for when they asked him to make the transition. He's the team's fourth-leading scorer.

Senior Robby Campbell has been solid, too, and young d-men such as Lee Brandrup (junior), Lars Anderson (soph.) and Griff Slightam (freshman) are being counted on to play a good amount of ice time on a regular basis. They'll continue to be tested over the final three-plus weeks of the regular season.

Lourdes will face five ranked opponents over its final eight games, while also facing Section 1A rivals Albert Lea and New Prague. N.P. was ranked for several weeks in the state polls earlier this season. The only "breather" for Lourdes down the stretch appears to be Monticello (3-14), which the Eagles face next Tuesday.

Lourdes run against ranked foes begins Saturday at No. 13 Delano/Rockford. The Eagles also have games coming at No. 2 Breck (Feb. 4); at No. 11 Blake (Feb. 7); home vs. No. 15 Rogers (Feb. 9); and home against No. 7 Totino-Grace (Feb. 18), in the regular season finale.

While playing well against those ranked opponents would boost the Eagles confidence, if they can pull out wins against Albert Lea and New Prague, those would be more important at this stage. Those games matter greatly when it comes time to seed the Section 1A tournament, and Lourdes has shown that getting that No. 1 seed can matter greatly.

Lourdes has already beaten New Prague once this year, and, I'm not positive, but I think if the Eagles sweep the regular season meetings with the Trojans, then, thanks to wins against Red Wing, Northfield and Chanhassen, Lourdes is the Missota Conference champion. :-)  ...  take it easy Missota fans, I only kid.

January 21, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: The last edition, Games 92-102

Posted by: Feldman

This is it. Game No. 103 between JM and Mayo will get underway at 3 p.m. today. It could be the rubber match between them this season, as they've already split two meetings, each team winning by a goal.

I hope everyone enjoyed the articles in Friday's paper on the history of the rivalry. It's been fun putting this together, and I look forward to reporting on many more JM-Mayo games in the coming years. I'm sure many of those games will be decided by one goal.

We wrap up our Rivalry Recaps today with Games 92-102, the most recent 11 games in the series.

Today's Recaps feature a big hat trick by a JM junior, the inaugural Hockey Day Rochester meeting between these teams, and a double dose of history made in a game played last season. So, here we go with the last Rivalry Recaps.

GAME 92 / Dec. 4, 2007 / Mayo 7, JM 2
Mayo's top dogs bite Rockets
JM's two-game winning streak against Mayo came to an end as the Spartans' top players had big games. Tom Alexander had a hat trick and an assist, and Charlie Thauwald had a goal and two assists at the Rec Center. Tony Lent gave JM a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game, but Alexander scored twice in the next 5:18 and Mayo never trailed again. Alex Whitney added three assists for Mayo, and defenseman Mitch Anderson had a goal and an assist. 

GAME 93 / Jan. 24, 2008 / Mayo 5, JM 0
Spartans' second line shines
Mayo's second line, which included senior Garrett Powers and juniors Charlie Thauwald and Myles Flott, accounted for three of the Spartans' five goals as they beat the Rockets for a second consecutive meeting. Powers scored twice and assisted on another goal; Flott scored once and Thauwald had one assist. Mayo peppered JM goalie Travis Johnson, who made 31 saves through two periods and 42 in the game.

GAME 94 / Dec. 9, 2008 / Mayo 6, JM 3
Young Spartans play well
Mayo sophomores Spencer Lee and Jacob Sikkema each picked a good game in which to score their first varsity goals. The duo sparked the Spartans to their third consecutive victory against JM, at Graham Arena. Lee scored the game winner at 9:05 of the third period and Sikkema scored 1:11 later. Drew Block had a pair of goals for Mayo, which put 36 shots on goal. Block's second goal came with 22 seconds remaining, a short-handed, empty-net goal. JM goalie Bryan King made 30 saves. Brad Fisher and Alex Whitney also scored for the Spartans.

GAME 95 / Jan. 29, 2009 / Mayo 4, JM 0
Weber steps up in shutout
Mayo senior captain and defenseman Rick Weber shifted to forward and came through with assists on two goals at the Rec Center. He helped Mayo sweep the season series and outshoot the Rockets, 47-10. JM junior goalie Bryan King kept his team in the game, making 43 saves. Drew Block scored the game winner at 6:13 of the second period, a short-handed goal assisted by Ethan Hoppenworth. Myles Flott, Alex Whitney and Tom Alexander also scored for Mayo, while Jordan Yaggy made 20 saves to earn the shutout.

GAME 97 / Jan. 23, 2010 / JM 4, Mayo 2
A wet win for JM
In the inaugural Hockey Day Rochester, at Graham Park on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, JM and Mayo played for the 97th time, under perhaps the oddest circumstances they had ever experienced. A steady rain fell through most of the first two periods, and officials and coaches even discussed moving the game indoors to Graham Arena for the the third period. Ultimately, they decided to finish the game outside, as water pooled on the ice sheet. Despite the strange circumstances, JM's Reed Miller had a standout performance. He finished with a hat trick, scoring one goal at even strength, one short-handed and one on a power play. JM defenseman Matt Broman, who assisted on the game winner early in the second period, added an insurance goal with 3:20 to go in the second to cap the scoring. Bryan King made 17 saves for the Rockets to earn the victory. Alex VanGalder and Stefan Elde split time in goal for Mayo. Ben O'Reilly had given the Spartans a 1-0 lead just 2:35 into the game, but JM responded with Miller's first two goals at 11:56 and 15:56 of the first to take the lead for good.

GAME 98 / Dec. 9, 2010 / JM 5, Mayo 2
A hat trick for Mackey
JM controlled this one from the start, building a 3-1 lead in the opening period on two goals by Eric Mackey and one from Zach Johnson, who also had two assists. Mackey, a senior, completed his hat trick 7:06 into the second period to make it 5-1 JM. Johnson and Matt Broman also scored one goal each for the Rockets, while Tayler Sederquest and Derek McMasters scored for Mayo. JM outshot Mayo, 27-22, and Rockets sophomore goalie Jacob Garvey made 18 saves to earn the victory. Alex VanGalder made 22 saves for Mayo.

GAME 99 / Dec. 30, 2010 / JM 2, Mayo 1 (OT) / Kiwanis 7th place game
No normal 7th-place game
This tournament game in late December felt more like a tournament game in late February. Both teams received tremendous goalie play. Mayo's Alex VanGalder was outstanding, making 46 saves, while JM's Jacob Garvey made 27 stops. The intensity level and energy level was surprisingly high for a game that started at 11:30 a.m. and marked the third game in a 48-hour span for both teams. A total of 38 penalty minutes were handed out, including six to each team in overtime. JM actually had to survive a brief two-man disadvantage early in OT, but the game ended when JM sophomore Kyle Andrews jammed the puck past VanGalder with just 34.7 seconds to go in overtime. JM's Zach Johnson and Mayo's Max Whitney scored in regulation.

GAME 100 / Jan. 15, 2011 / Mayo 2, JM 1
A double dose of history
This game at Graham Arena was doubly historic. Not only was it the 100th meeting between these rivals, but the Spartans' 2-1 victory gave coach Lorne Grosso his 617th career victory, moving him past legendary Edina coach Willard Ikola for first place on the all-time coaching victories list in Minnesota. Typical to this rivalry, it was a close and well-played game. Mayo defenseman Jack Dingle scored with less than four minutes to go in regulation to win it. Mayo's Derek McMasters and JM's Jared Kristo traded goals in the second period to set up Dingle's winner. Alex VanGalder made 20 saves to earn the win, while Bryan King stopped 32 shots for the Rockets.

GAME 101 / Dec. 10, 2011 / JM 4, Mayo 3
Lovett delivers twice for Rockets
JM junior forward Alex Lovett came up big in a tight game between these long-time rivals. Lovett scored twice in the third period to lift the Rockets to a one-goal victory against the Spartans, the third consecutive game between these teams decided by one goal. JM goalie Jacob Garvey was outstanding in the victory, too, making 36 saves. The score was tied 2-2 after two periods, but Lovett put JM up 3-2 at the 8:53 mark of the third with assists from Hunter Heightland and Gavin Sandwick. Nolan Edwards' second goal of the game, on a power play at 12:07 of the third, tied the score, but Lovett scored with just 36 seconds to go, again set up by Heightland and Sandwick, to win it. The score was tied 1-1 after one, as the teams traded goals in a 41-second span late in the period. Alec McGinn made it 1-0 for JM at 13:25 with a power play tally, but Edwards answered for Mayo on the same penalty kill, just 41 seconds later with a short-handed goal. Mayo's Will Holtan and JM's Kyle Andrews traded goals in the second for a 2-2 game after two. This game also marked the first time since the 1987-88 season that long-time Mayo head coach Lorne Grosso was not on the bench for. Grosso had undergone quadruple bypass surgery just 12 days earlier. Case Hansen made 21 saves for Mayo.

GAME 102 / Dec. 30, 2011 / Mayo 3, JM 2
Another tight tourney game
For a second consecutive season, Mayo and JM met in the seventh place game of the Kiwanis Festival, at Graham Arena, though neither team played like a seventh-place team during the tournament. And, for a fourth consecutive meeting, the long-time rivals played to a one-goal game. Tommy Hanson and Max Whitney scored power play goals for Mayo in the opening period for a 2-0 lead. Jared Kristo of JM cut the Rockets deficit in half at 9:24 of the second, but Matt Rogers responded for Mayo 4:34 later to make it 3-1 Mayo after two. JM pulled within a goal again at 10:35 of the third, when Hunter Heightland scored, but the Rockets couldn't get the tying goal past Mayo goalie Michael DeBusman (17 saves). Jimmy Casazza played well in goal for JM, as well, stopping 30 of the 33 shots he faced.

January 20, 2012

Phersy and Fatis Show: Friday Night Ice

PHERSY: We're back!!! I wont' delay since this is going up so late ... but, bottom line, the Ice Hawks have a Nick07_thumb HUGE three-game weekend ahead. They're hosting the Lakers at 7:05 tonight. Then they have home-and-home with the league-leading Twin Cities Northern Lights. The Ice Hawks host the Lights at 7:05 tonight at the Rec Center, then the teams will meet up in Bloomington on Sunday.

So, leggo ... good show this week (a little long-winded, but coach talks about the bulk of the roster this week) ...

PhersyandFatisShow012012



The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 81-91

Posted by: Feldman

I'm keeping the intro short today because I just finished up everything for Friday's print edition and my brain is on JM-Mayo overload.
Pick up Friday's edition if, for no other reason, some of the pictures our photo staff dug up. There's one from 1971 in there. Check out the goalie's mask. Pretty sweet. I need one of those.

I'm throwing a little curveball at you today — 11 Rivalry Recaps instead of 10. I know, it's just a small curveball, but, then again, I never could throw a good curveball. Since there have been 102 games in the rivalry to date, I need to get those extra two in there somehow, so we'll go with 11 today and 11 Saturday. Then we're done. *sigh*

Here we go, Games 81-91, spanning Dec. 27, 2002 through Feb. 8, 2007.

GAME 81 / Dec. 27, 2002 / JM 6, Mayo 5
An early morning matchup
A 9:30 a.m. start to a rivalry game does not always make for a classic contest, at least not in the 2002 Kiwanis Festival. It took Mayo two periods to wake up; by the time the third period started, JM led 5-1. Scott Thauwald's second goal, with 10:16 to go in the third, cut JM's lead to 5-4. Jeremy Griffin gave JM some breathing room when he scored with 2:18 to go. Jeff Kothenbeutel scored twice and Paul Girard once in the second period to put the Rockets up 5-1 after two. Josh Brady and Ben Weise also scored in the third for Mayo, which was outshot 41-26 in the game and 28-10 through two periods.

GAME 82 / Jan. 4, 2003 / JM 6, Mayo 4
Balanced Rockets rally
Mayo built a 3-1 lead, but JM scored five of the final six goals — all in the final 25 minutes of the game — to pull out a victory. Kris Langlie scored the winner at 4:53 of the third period and the Rockets added an empty netter by Jake Bosben with 21 seconds to go. Jeff Kothenbeutel, Jared Skovbroten, Jeremy Griffin and Rob Amundson also scored for the Rockets, who outshot Mayo, 31-18. The Spartans received goals from Scott Thauwald, Ben Martini, Jeff Brady and Andy Roberts. "We came in pretty nervous in the first period," JM's Skovbroten said, "but this team never gives up. It has a lot of heart."

GAME 83 / Feb. 6, 2003 / JM 6, Mayo 1
JM sweeps season series
JM jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, then added three more in the third period for a 6-1 win and a sweep of the season series against Mayo. JM's top line accounted for five of its six goals, including a hat trick for Rob Amundson and two goals by Jake Hovick. Alex Suginaka scored JM's other goal. Josh Skinner made 21 saves to earn the win for the Rockets, while Justin Sokol stopped 33 shots for Mayo. Ben Martini scored Mayo's goal in the third period. "I couldn't be more proud of these kids," JM coach Aaron Neurer said. "This was an all-around team win, with solid goaltending and everybody stepping in."

GAME 84 / Jan. 10, 2004 / Mayo 5, JM 4 (OT)
Roberts is OT hero
Mayo's Andy Roberts ended up at the bottom of a pile of green and yellow jerseys after capping one of the best nights of his high school career. Roberts scored 4:05 into overtime to give Mayo a 5-4 win and complete his hat trick. The win came after Mayo blew a 4-1 lead and it came against a JM team that entered the game with a 10-1 record (Mayo entered at 7-5). Mayo co-coach Jeff Whitney said Roberts was fired up in the locker room before OT, shouting "we will NOT lose this game." P-B reporter Steve Webb asked Roberts after the game how it felt at the bottom of the pile. "It felt good," Roberts said. "It was a little claustrophobic under the pile, but it felt really good." Ben Weise and Jeff Claude also scored for Mayo. JM's goals came from Pete Moehnke, Jake Hovick, Alex Suginaka and Jake Bosben.

GAME 85 / Feb. 21, 2004 / JM 3, Mayo 1
A title-clincher for JM
In front of a packed Graham Arena, JM locked up its second consecutive Big Nine Conference championship by beating its oldest rival in the final game of the regular season. JM received two unassisted goals in the second period, by Pete Moehnke and Nate Dunfee. Moehnke scored on a breakaway, with a Mayo defender attempting to haul him down. Andy Roberts scored for Mayo and Brad Wiitanen added an empty-net goal for the Rockets. "That's what a championship game should be," JM coach Aaron Neurer said.

GAME 86 / Dec. 18, 2004 / JM 6, Mayo 4
A 6-point night for Moehnke
JM had two players collect hat tricks — senior Pete Moehnke and sophomore Eric Amundson — and the Rockets never trailed. Moehnke assisted on all three of Amundson's goals, giving him a six-point night, tying him for the second-best performance by an individual in a JM-Mayo game. Amundson had one assist, giving him a four-point game. Four players scored once each for Mayo — Tom Sackett, Tony Sackett, Dan Murray and Nick Canzanello.

GAME 87 / Feb. 3, 2005 / JM 2, Mayo 0
Bryan earns shutout
JM goalie Mike Bryan won yet another entertaining goalie's dual, stopping all 22 shots Mayo put on net. Mayo's Kevin Donohue was nearly equal to the task, stopping 28 of 29 shots he faced. JM senior Rick McCoy scored both goals for the Rockets, including the game winner at 9:12 of the first period and an empty-netter with 26 seconds to go in regulation.

GAME 88 / Jan. 12, 2006 / Mayo 6, JM 0
Canzanello controls game with five points
Mayo's Nick Canzanello had a hand in five goals — one of the best nights ever for a defenseman in this rivalry — with a hat trick and two assists. Kevin Donohue took care of the rest for the Spartans, stopping all 16 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Mayo outshot JM, 46-16. Matt Alexander, Kyle Pickel and Tony Sackett also scored for Mayo. Mayo led 1-0 after one period and 4-0 after two.

GAME 89 / Feb. 9, 2006 / Mayo 5, JM 4
Spartans put on stunning comeback
Mayo fell behind by two goals with 6:35 to go in the third period, but scored three times in the final five minutes to complete a stunning comeback. As the game appeared headed to OT, Matt Alexander capped the comeback by scoring the game winner with 19.5 seconds to go in the third period. Nick Canzanello scored twice for the Spartans, including the game-tying goal with 1:18 to go. Charlie Thauwald and Scott Gilbertson also scored once each for Mayo. JM's goals came from Jordan Herman and Scott Steege in the first period, and Nate Dunfee and Cody Hoksch in the third. Ben Pirius made 30 saves for JM, while Kevin Donohue stopped 30 shots for Mayo.

GAME 90 / Jan. 11, 2007 / JM 2, Mayo 1 (OT)
Hoksch is OT hero
Cody Hoksch made a hard-working play to score 5:36 into overtime to give JM the victory in a game controlled by the two goaltenders. Ben Pirius made 32 saves to earn the victory for the Rockets, while Kevin Donohue stopped 29 shots for Mayo. The game was scoreless until the third period. Adam Wiesner scored at 9:14 for JM, but Tom Alexander tied it for Mayo at 13:34. Charlie Thauwald appeared to score what could have been the game winner for Mayo with 3:08 to go in the third, but it was waved off when the officials ruled Mayo had too many men on the ice. That sent the game to OT, where Hoksch had a shot stopped by Donohue, but gathered his own rebound, skated behind the net and flipped a backhand shot over Donohue's shoulder.

GAME 91 / Feb. 8, 2007 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Wiesner wins it for Rockets
Mayo coach Lorne Grosso has seen almost every JM-Mayo game that has been played. He called this late-season nail-biter "one of the best JM-Mayo games I've seen." Goalies Ben Pirius of JM (31 saves) and Kevin Donohue of Mayo (31 saves) were outstanding. Adam Wiesner scored with 8:50 to go for the game winner. Brad Yetzer gave JM a 1-0 lead in the second, but Charlie Thauwald tied it for Mayo at 4:20 of the third. Four Mayo players — Thauwald, Matt Alexander, Rick Weber and Phil Hurley — had shots on goal in the final minute, but Pirius and JM's defense stopped and cleared them all.

SERIES STATS
Through 91 games
• JM leads the series, 48-41-2
• JM has outscored Mayo, 307-276