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.
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.