The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 31-40
After some long hours put in digging this information up over the summer and fall, it feels like we're burning through these Rivalry Recaps (yeah, that's what I'm going with now because I'm not clever enough to come up with something better) at a rapid rate. We're already to games 31-40, spanning December, 1980, through December, 1984.
Today's Rivalry Recaps include another tie, a good goaltending battle in a section playoff game, and a JM-Mayo game that was televised live in Rochester.
GAME 31 / Dec. 23, 1980 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Rockets "kill" Spartans hopes
JM played nearly half the game with a man in the penalty box, but the Rockets penalty killers were up to the task. Specialty teams were key to the outcome, asJM shut down Mayo on six power play opportunities. The Rockets converted on one of their three chances, as Craig Nelson dug the puck out of the corner and centered it to Derek Anderson. He beat Spartans goalie John McCally for a 1-0 lead at 8:14 of the first. Nelson put back a rebound at 5:05 of the third period, but Mayo answered 2:08 later, when Eric Osmundson poked a rebound past JM goalie Jeff Aikens. McCally was pulledfor an extra attackerwith 1:09 to go, but Mayo didn't get another shot on goal. Both goalies were sharp; McCallum made 33 saves and Aikens had 23.
GAME 32 / Jan. 15, 1981 / JM 5, Mayo 4
Rockets propelled by top line
JM received a goal and an assist each from Dirk Anderson, Craig Nelson and Sam Bakken, and goalie Jeff Aikens made 36 saves. JM (9-3-1 overall) remained unbeatne in Southern Minnesota Hockey League play (7-0-1). Bakken scored the game winner at 11:10 of the third. Mayo's only lead came 2:38 into the second, when Dave Jones put back the rebound of a shot by Todd Mattson. JM's Joe Reich and Nelson scored just minutes later for a 3-2 JM lead. Nelson scored after stealing the puck at his own blue line, out-racing Mayo defenseman Eric Chaapel and beating Spartans goalie John McCally over his left shoulder. Chaapel pulled Nelson to the ice as he scored and, in frustration, lifted Nelson's stick up and over the glass, resulting in a 10-minute misconduct. More scuffles broke out late in the second period, with four players sent to the box at the same time after Nelson went hard to the net and crashed into McCally. Mayo's Rick Smith scored with 26 seconds to go, but the Spartans couldn't get the tying goal.
GAME 33 / Dec. 12, 1981 / Mayo 4, JM 4
Mayo's perseverance leads to tie
For just the second -- and most recent -- time in rivalry history, Mayo and JM played to a draw. This one came in front of more than 1,600 fans at Graham Arena. The game started at the same time as the Vikings game at Detroit, but the fans who went to the hockey game made the right call -- the Vikings lost, 45-7, their fourth consecutive loss in a string of five in a row to end a 7-9 season. Mayo and JM put on a better show, tying on the scoreboard and in shots on goal (each team had 30). Mayo's perseverance was the story, though, as it rallied from a 3-1 deficit with less than 6 minutes to go to force OT. Dirk Anderson, John Dey and Mike Morben scored in a span of 4:43 in the second period for a 3-0 Rockets lead. Brad Johnson answered for Mayo to pull within 3-1 after two. Don Loehr started the Spartans late rally with 5:21 to go in the third. Jim Johannson scored 10 seconds later to tie it, then Johnson's second of the game made it 4-3 Mayo with 2:53 to go in the third. JM wasn't rattled, though, and Guy Gosselin's slapshot with 2:17 to go beat Mayo goalie John McCally to force OT. Mayo outshot JM, 5-4, in OT, but both teams left the rink with 0-2-1 records.
GAME 34 / Jan. 26, 1982 / Mayo 4, JM 1
Mayo strikes early, McCally does rest
Mayo scored three times on its first five shots, spanning the first 5:38, in front of a packed Graham Arena, and the Spartans defense did the rest. John McCally made 31 saves -- 26 through the first two periods -- including a total of 10 on two seperate JM power plays. Mayo sophomore Jim Grosso scored twice in the game-opening flurry, including one on the first shot of the game. "I know there have been times people don't have as much confidence in me as I do in myself," McCally said, "but I know, and I think coach Grosso knows, what I can do." JM coach Gene Sack said about McCally: "I've never seen him better." Chris Beck and John Siever also scored for Mayo, while Dave Ney scored for the Rockets. JM appeared to score on its first shot -- a blast from the point by Guy Gosselin -- but it was waved off because of a man in the crease.
GAME 35 / Dec. 10, 1982 / JM 3, Mayo 2
Rockets win on live TV
JM veteran Scott Schneider scored his first goal of the season to snap a 1-1 tie in the second period and give the Rockets a permanent lead. The game was televised live on KTTC with Glen Sonmor doing color commentary. Schneider was playing through pain, too. According to the Post-Bulletin report, he had to be taken to the hospital after the game because of a back injury. The injury occurred when he was flipped by a Mayo player's check just before the second period buzzer. JM's Jim Wentworth, a sophomore defenseman, scored the game winner at 5:14 of the third. Mayo's Joe Position scored three minutes later on a power play to make it a one-goal game. JM goalie John Paulson did the rest, stopping 28 shots. Mark Gauthier made 31 saves for Mayo.
GAME 36 / Jan. 29, 1983 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Aakre lifts JM, extends goal streak
JM senior forward Scott Aakre scored a power play goal late in the second period to lift JM to the victory. It was Aakre's seventh goal in five games after returning from a back injury. His goal came on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:46 to go in the second period, and it held up as the game winner. Junior defenseman Trace Ford gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead with a slapshot from just inside the blue line 4:38 into the game. Mayo defenseman Brad Glynn put back his own rebound 1:17 later to tie the score. JM goalie John Paulson stopped 26 shots to earn the win, while Matt Gauthier made 23 saves for Mayo.
GAME 37 / DEC. 8, 1983 / Mayo 5, JM 3
Spartans hold on through late flurry
Mayo built a 4-1 lead after two periods on two goals by Andy Newcomer and one each from Jim Grosso and Bob Osmundson. The Spartans still led 4-1 with three minutes to go, but JM's Don Week scored at with 2:36 remaining and Chad Whiting tallied with 1:40 to go, cutting Mayo's lead to 4-3. Mayo's Ross Johnson finally ended the threat with less than 30 seconds to go, scoring an empty netter for the win. "I don't think I would've ever lived that down if JM had come back to win," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso told the P-B.
GAME 38 / Jan. 28, 1984 / JM 7, Mayo 4
Strong debut for freshman goalie
Freshman goalie Dan Monnet stopped 18 shots for JM in his first varsity start and Joe Vesey scored twice for the Rockets, who outshot Mayo, 34-22. Eric Swanson, a JM co-captain, also had a big game with a goal and two assists. The Rockets led 3-0 after the first period and 5-3 after two. Doug Wieck and Ross Johnson each had a goal and an assist for Mayo.
GAME 39 / Feb. 25, 1984 / JM 2, Mayo 0
Rockets win, advance to section semifinals
JM's Chad Whiting had gone six games without a goal prior to the Section 1AA tournament. Guy Woodle had scored once in that span. Whiting broke out of his slump with a hat trick a few days earlier against Faribault in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs. Against Mayo, he and Woodle scored once each to lift the Rockets past the Spartans. Woodle scored unassisted at 8:09 of the second, and Whiting finished it at 13:46 of the third. Freshman Dan Monnet stood tall in goal, stopping 19 shots. Mayo was hampered by the loss of top scorer Doug Wieck (31-24—55), who left the game after three shifts because of a hip pointer suffered in Mayo's 13-1 first-round playoff win against New Prague. JM moved on to the section semifinals, where it lost to top-seeded Burnsville.
GAME 40 / Dec. 20, 1984 / JM 7, Mayo 4
Balanced Rockets earn 'W'
JM built a 6-3 lead through two periods, outshot Mayo 42-17 and picked up its third consecutive victory against Mayo. Seven players scored once each for the Rockets, including senior captain Guy Woodle. Andy Sterioff scored twice for the Spartans, his first goal pulling the Spartans within 4-3 at 10:02 of the second. But Woodle and Todd Siems each scored in the next 3:09 to push the JM lead to 6-
Through 40 games
• JM leads, 27-11-2
• JM has outscored Mayo, 164-104