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