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January 14, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 21-30

Posted by: Feldman

No time to mess around today. Right back to the JM-Mayo rivalry. Here we go, games 21-30 (January of 1976 through January of 1980):

GAME 21 / Jan. 17, 1976 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Rockets win a nail-biter
A capacity crowd of more than 2,000 at Graham Arena watched what P-B reporter Bob Abbott called "the finest all-around hockey game in Rochester this season." JM sophomore Bruce Aikens scored the decisive goal early in the third period. JM outshout Mayo, 33-13, but Mayo goalie Cliff White made 26 saves through two periods and 31 in the game. Eric Strobel put Mayo up, 1-0, at 1:47 of the second period. JM waited until the final minute of the second to answer, as freshman winger Todd Lecy made it 1-1 with a slapshot from the point that sailed over White's left shoulder. Aikens then beat White five-hole, 1:43 into the third for the game winner. (Note: About a month after this game, on Feb. 14, 1976, Lecy scored five goals in the third period of a 6-2 win against Burnsville in the championship game of the Southern Minnesota Hockey League, played at Owatonna).

GAME 22 / Jan. 15, 1977 / JM 7, Mayo 3
Power play goals boost Rockets in rough game
JM scored three power play goals and built a 6-0 lead before Mayo even got on the board. Scott Lecy and Bruce Aikens took care of all the scoring for the Rockets. Lecy scored four goals and Aikens had three. Lecy made it 1-0, with a power play goal just 1:39 into the game. Mayo took another penalty on the next shift and Aikens cashed in, making it 2-0 at the 3:05 mark. Even the game officials called it an overly-rough game. Al Gramentz and Russ Meister of St. Paul reffed a Rockets-Spartans game for a seventh consecutive season. "It looked like both teams came to run at one another," Meister told the P-B. "I've never seen it this bad ... there was a definite lack of discipline out there." Both teams were called for 13 penalties. Mayo scored all of its goals in the third -- by Dale Roseboom, Jim Fisher and Steve Dorschner.

GAME 23 / Feb. 19, 1977 / JM 5, Mayo 2
Rockets' "D" does the job
JM's high-flying, high-scoring team showed it can play some defense, too. Junior defenseman Paul Brandrup returned to the lineup after missing several games with an ankle injury. He helped the Rockets limit Mayo to just 13 shots on goal. Scott Lecy staked JM to a 2-0 lead in the first, then completed a hat trick with an empty-net goal with 27 seconds remaining. Doug Letourneau and Tom Taylor also scored for JM. Mayo's goals came from Jim Alexander and John Johannson.

GAME 24 / Feb. 7, 1977 / JM 11, Mayo 2
Lecy has record night as Rockets roll to section semis
Scott Lecy had dozens of impressive performances during his time in a JM uniform. None were quite as eye-popping as the last high school game he played in Rochester, a Section 1 quarterfinal game against the Rockets biggest rival. Lecy scored four goals and assisted on four others, for an eight-point game, the best individual performance ever in a JM-Mayo game. The victory lifted JM into a Section 1 semifinal game against Burnsville (of course, the Rockets won and went on to win the only state hockey title a Rochester team has ever captured). Lecy's linemate, Bruce Aikens, had a very good game, too, with three goals and two assists. Jeff Teal scored twice, while Paul Brandrup and Bill Michael scored once each. JM outshot Mayo, 36-17, and scored three short-handed goals in the game. "I've never had a player who can score in so many different ways," JM coach Gene Sack said of Lecy.

GAME 25 / Dec. 17, 1977 / JM 4, Mayo 0
Rockets strike early, roll past Spartans
Todd Lecy scored 15 seconds into the game and the Rockets rolled from there, shutting out Mayo for the fourth time ever. "I thought we played a pretty good game," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said, "but they just had too much for us to handle. They're the (defending) state champions and they looked like it." Lecy scored again in the second period, and Jeff Teal also scored twice for JM. Paul Brandrup and Dan Erickson each had two assists, while Paul Butters stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Brad Churchward made 28 saves for Mayo.

GAME 26 / Jan. 19, 1978 / JM 8, Mayo 2
JM takes charge in the first period
JM stormed to six goals in the first period, winning its ninth consecutive game against Mayo and 12th consecutive of the season. Todd Lecy and Doug Letourneau each scored twice in the first for the Rockets, while Scott Monsrud and Todd Kothenbeutel scored once each. Jeff Teal and Bruce Aikens added a goal each. Jim Alexander and John Johannson had Mayo's goals. While the outcome was determined early, some notable scouts stuck around until the end. University of Minnesota coach Herb Brooks, Wisconsin's Bob Johnson and scouts from Michigan Tech were on hand.

GAME 27 / Dec. 23, 1978 / Mayo 5, JM 2
Spartans solve Butters, snap skid
There was a lot of relief and a lot of joy in the post-game Mayo locker room. The Spartans shook several monkeys from their backs by topping JM. The win snapped JM's nine-game winning streak in the series -- dating to the 1974-75 season. It also marked the first time Mayo had beaten JM standout goalie Paul Butters, who won all five of his previous starts against the Spartans. John Johannson's goal at 2:05 of the second period gave Mayo a 1-0 lead, the first time Mayo ever held a lead against Butters. Todd Lecy answered for JM late in the second, making it a 1-1 game after two. But Mayo scored three consecutive goals -- by Johannson, Ricky Smith and Paul Osmundson -- in a span of 6:59 in the third to make it 4-1. Butters finished with 23 saves, while Scott Heins made 22 for Mayo.

GAME 28 / Jan. 18, 1979 / JM 5, Mayo 1
Letourneau, Lecy lift Rockets
Todd Lecy had a goal and an assist to lift JM to a victory against a Mayo team that had beaten it by three goals just a month earlier. Mayo, however, held onto a slim lead in the Southern Division of the Southern Minnesota Hockey League. Mayo dropped to 5-1-1, while JM improved to 4-1-1. Lecy was hampered by a leg injury during the first JM-Mayo game of the season, then missed six games after that. His goal tied it 1-1 late in the first, then he assisted on Jay Anderson's goal that made it 3-1. "Lecy's a sparkplug," JM coach Gene Sack said. "He just gets those guys going." Jim Fisher scored Mayo's only goal, at 6:28 of the first period. It was the only shot to get past Paul Butters (23 saves). Doug Letourneau scored twice for JM, including the game winner at 4:18 of the second period. Rick Ruesink added a power play goal for the Rockets in the third. Scott Heins made 17 saves for Mayo.

GAME 29 / Dec. 22, 1979 / Mayo 4, JM 3
Favored Spartans survive
Mayo outshot JM, 40-23, but Rockets goalie Jeff Aikens made 36 saves to keep the outcome in doubt until the final buzzer. Mayo, heavily favored, improved to 5-0. JM dropped to 1-4. "I've been trying to tell people that you can't take anyone in the (Southern Minnesota Hockey) League for granted," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said. "The rivalry is too great. The emotions are too high." JM led 2-1 after one on goals by Craig Nelson and Mike Keefe. Mayo's Jeff Whitney scored in between. The Spartans controlled the second, building a 4-2 lead on goals by Whitney, John Johannson and Eric Osmundson. Keefe scored again for JM with 54 seconds to go, but Mayo goalie Scott Heins stood tall down the stretch. He had 20 saves in the game. Heins robbed Nelson with a stick save on a breakaway with 7:28 to in the game and he stopped Pete Segar from point-blank range with 5:39 to go.

GAME 30 / Jan. 17, 1980 / JM 5, Mayo 2
JM dominates play in upset victory
Mayo came in as the No. 5-ranked team in the state, but JM left little doubt from the opening shift who the better team was on this night. Mayo struck first, midway through the first, when Pat Kennedy beat JM goalie Jeff Aikens, but the Rockets' confidence was never shaken. They responded a couple of minutes later when Jay Anderson tied it at 1-1. Then with 20 seconds to go in the first, Chuck Paulson's slapshot gave JM a permanent lead. Mayo had its chances. The Spartans had three straight power plays in the second -- all in an eight-minute span -- but Aikens (22 saves) and the Rockets smothered them all. John Reveleand, Sam Bakken and Anderson all scored in the third as the Rockets pulled away. Only four penalties were called until a fight erupted after time expired, resulting in game disqualifications for Mayo's Bill Watson and JM's Joe Reich and Guy Gosselin. All three players had to sit out the next game.

SERIES STATS
Through 30 games
* JM leads 20-9-1
* JM has outscored Mayo, 128-75

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