Finally, it's time. After hours and hours of hogging the microfilm machine at the Rochester Public Library last summer and fall, as well as digging through the P-B's digital archives, it's time to get going with the series of articles, blog posts and tweets about the history of the JM-Mayo hockey rivalry.
Today, we begin our look at every game played between Mayo and JM. That's 102 games altogether, including the two meetings they've already played this season. On Jan. 20, the day prior to the 103rd meeting between these teams, I'll have several articles in the P-B print edition about the rivalry.
Here are recaps of the first 10 games in the rivalry, starting more than 45 years ago.
GAME 1 / Dec. 17, 1966 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Rockets earn slim win
In a game played at Mayo Civic Auditorium, it took just 3 minutes, 37 seconds for the first goal in a JM-Mayo game to be scored. That honor belongs to JM's Brian Radke, who beat Mayo goalie Mark Enblom early in the first period to give the Rockets the lead for good. Radke became the answer to another trivia question when he assisted on Mike Squires' power play, game winning goal 7 minutes later. Al Amundson scored Mayo's only goal, at 7:44 of the third. Enblom made 26 saves, while Andy Sutton made eight for JM. There was no trash-talking by the Rockets, though. At least none in front of the Post-Bulletin reporter. "Our defense was the key," JM coach Gene Sack said. "Mayo might use a few more lettermen, but I thought we had more experience on defense."
GAME 2 / Jan. 7, 1967 / JM 4, Mayo 3
Rockets sweep first year of rivalry
Mayo took a tripping penalty in the final minute of the second period and it carried over into the third period with the score tied 3-3. JM needed just 11 seconds at the start of the third to capitalize. Karl Ulrich fired a shot past Mayo goalie Mark Enblom for his second goal of the game, to give JM a 4-3 win and a sweep of its new rival. "We'll be ready for them next time," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said, looking ahead to a possible matchup in the Region 2 playoffs. The game took place in front of 700 fans at Mayo Civic Auditorium. "It's obvious the split (into two schools) was good for hockey," JM coach Gene Sack said. "Tonight's game was one of the best I've watched in some time." Al Amundson, Bill Carroll and Mark Stone scored for Mayo. Mike Squires and Todd Lampman also scored for JM.
GAME 3 / Dec. 16, 1967 / JM 7, Mayo 3
Rockets regain scoring touch
Mayo had scored more goals in its first two games of the season than JM had in four, coming into this early-season matchup. But JM scored three times in each the first and third periods to pull away and remain unbeaten, in front of more than 900 fans at Mayo Civic Auditorium. JM held a 4-2 lead entering the third, but Todd Lampman and Brian Radke delivered the back-breaking goals, each scoring in the first four minutes of the third for a 6-2 lead. Mayo's Mark Stone and JM's Ted Mayor traded goals over the final 11 minutes. "No lead is ever big enough against Mayo," JM coach Gene Sack said, referring to Mayo's ability to battle back. Freshman goalie Clark Powell made 20 saves for JM.
GAME 4 / Feb. 3, 1968 / Mayo 4, JM 3 (OT)
Spartans first win vs. JM comes in dramatic fashion
Mayo's first victory against JM came thanks to a goal from a player who had lived in Rochester for only a few months. Art Carpenter, a transfer from Fort Frances, Ontario, blasted a shot from the top of the circle past JM goalie Craig Vessey (13 saves) at 2:43 of OT to give the Spartans the victory in the first OT game between these teams. Mayo's sophomore goalie Jeff Papke was sensational, too. He made 34 saves, including 17 in the second period, in front of 1,200 fans at the Auditorium. Tim Burk, Bob Siekert and Steve Winkels also scored for Mayo. Todd Lampman, Karl Ulrich and Brian Radke scored for the Rockets. "I'm glad it's over. I thought I was going to get an ulcer," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso joked after the game. "I would've settled for a tie, but a victory, well, it's just great."
GAME 5 / Dec. 14, 1968 / Mayo 4, JM 3
Spartans hang on for close win
In the first game played between these teams at Graham Arena, Mayo's Art Carpenter scored a short-handed goal at 9:08 of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and lift Mayo to it second consecutive victory against JM. Carpenter's goal spoiled an upset bid by JM, which had no seniors on its roster. JM goalie Clark Powell didn't make it easy on Mayo, making 33 saves. Jim Radke, Kirk Gill and Steve Horeck scored for JM. Carpenter scored twice for Mayo, while Tom Buske and Mark Stone had one goal each. Jeff Papke made 22 saves for the Spartans. (Note: Graham Arena officially opened on Friday, Dec. 6, 1968. More than 800 fans saw a doubleheader in which Mayo beat Albert Lea, 2-1, and Owatonna beat JM, 2-0. According to a P-B report, the arena was built at a cost of $340,000.)
GAME 6 / Jan. 31, 1969 / Mayo 5, JM 0
Mayo's "best effort" results in shutout
Mayo coach Lorne Grosso called it his team's "best effort of the season," as goalie Jeff Papke stopped 24 shots to earn the first shutout in the Mayo-JM rivalry. "That was the first time this season we've done everything well," Grosso told the P-B about his 12-5 Spartans team. Clark Powell made 24 stops for the Rockets, who fell to 7-10. Mayo's top line accounted for four of its goals -- two by Art Carpenter, one each by Tom Leiferman and Mark Stone. Gordon Larson also scored for the Spartans.
GAME 7 / Dec. 19, 1969 / JM 4, Mayo 0
Second-period flurry lifts Rockets
In a game where penalties were nearly six times as common as goals (22-4), a 36-second outburst by JM was the difference. Jerry Graham ignited the Rockets at 11:57 of the second period, scoring the game-winning goal on a backhand shot. JM remained on a power play and Mark Wilkus scored on a hard slapshot from the point 29 seconds later for a 2-0 lead. Just 7 seconds after that, at even strength, Jim Radke scored from close range to make it 3-0. Scott Christopherson added a goal in the third. Brian Nordine made 20 saves for the Rockets, who earned their first-ever shutout against Mayo. Dennis Langevin stopped 22 shots for Mayo. The Spartans were called for 14 penalties, JM for 8. "There wasn't a penalty called that shouldn't have been called," JM coach Gene Sack said, "but we proved we have some balance."
GAME 8 / Jan. 15, 1970 / JM 3, Mayo 1
Second line sparks Rockets
John Marshall's second line accounted for all of its goals, including two by a defenseman converted to forward. Dick Ehrick scored twice, after moving from D to wing early in the season, and Jerry Graham scored the game winner, with 1:06 to go in the opening period. Rod Powell, the Rockets' third-line center, was out with an ankle injury, so JM coach Gene Sack rolled just two lines most of the game. Mayo held JM's top line -- Kirk Gill, Scott Christopherson and Jim Radke -- scoreless for the first time all season. But, Ehrick scored 1:42 into the game and JM never relinquished the lead. Dick Greene scored Mayo's goal, midway through the second period. Brian Nordine made 19 saves for JM, while Dennis Langevin stopped 26 shots for Mayo.
GAME 9 / Jan. 16, 1971 / JM 9, Mayo 1
Powell shines as JM wins for its coach
In front of more than 1,600 fans -- the largest crowd in the brief 3-year history of Graham Arena -- JM took it to rival Mayo, and did so without coach Gene Sack on the bench. The 46-year-old Sack was hospitalized at Saint Marys with a back issue and underwent some tests the day of the game. He listened to the game on the radio. Rod Powell was the star for JM. The sophomore center scored five goals (four unassisted), including two in the first period for a 3-0 Rockets lead after one. Pete Janes scored Mayo's only goal, in the third period. JM outshot the Spartans, 39-12.
GAME 10 / Feb. 6, 1971 / JM 5, Mayo 1
JM wraps up perfect SMHL season
John Marshall ran its winning streak against Mayo to four games and, at the same time, wrapped up the championship of Southern Minnesota Hockey League, in its first season of existence. JM finished a perfect 10-0-0 in the SMHL. The Rockets improved to 16-1-1 overall, but didn't take the lead until 6:49 remained in the third period. JM outshot Mayo, 40-7, but the score was tied at 1-1 with 7 minutes to go in regulation. JM erupted for four goals in the final 6:49. Tom Herzog scored the game winner, while Rod Powell, Jerry Graham and Wes DeVries added insurance goals. Mayo's Pete Janes and JM's Steve LeTourneau traded goals in the first period.
* Through 10 games: JM leads 7-3-0; JM has outscored Mayo, 40-23.