Posted by: Feldman
This is it. Game No. 103 between JM and Mayo will get underway at 3 p.m. today. It could be the rubber match between them this season, as they've already split two meetings, each team winning by a goal.
I hope everyone enjoyed the articles in Friday's paper on the history of the rivalry. It's been fun putting this together, and I look forward to reporting on many more JM-Mayo games in the coming years. I'm sure many of those games will be decided by one goal.
We wrap up our Rivalry Recaps today with Games 92-102, the most recent 11 games in the series.
Today's Recaps feature a big hat trick by a JM junior, the inaugural Hockey Day Rochester meeting between these teams, and a double dose of history made in a game played last season. So, here we go with the last Rivalry Recaps.
GAME 92 / Dec. 4, 2007 / Mayo 7, JM 2
Mayo's top dogs bite Rockets
JM's two-game winning streak against Mayo came to an end as the Spartans' top players had big games. Tom Alexander had a hat trick and an assist, and Charlie Thauwald had a goal and two assists at the Rec Center. Tony Lent gave JM a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game, but Alexander scored twice in the next 5:18 and Mayo never trailed again. Alex Whitney added three assists for Mayo, and defenseman Mitch Anderson had a goal and an assist.
GAME 93 / Jan. 24, 2008 / Mayo 5, JM 0
Spartans' second line shines
Mayo's second line, which included senior Garrett Powers and juniors Charlie Thauwald and Myles Flott, accounted for three of the Spartans' five goals as they beat the Rockets for a second consecutive meeting. Powers scored twice and assisted on another goal; Flott scored once and Thauwald had one assist. Mayo peppered JM goalie Travis Johnson, who made 31 saves through two periods and 42 in the game.
GAME 94 / Dec. 9, 2008 / Mayo 6, JM 3
Young Spartans play well
Mayo sophomores Spencer Lee and Jacob Sikkema each picked a good game in which to score their first varsity goals. The duo sparked the Spartans to their third consecutive victory against JM, at Graham Arena. Lee scored the game winner at 9:05 of the third period and Sikkema scored 1:11 later. Drew Block had a pair of goals for Mayo, which put 36 shots on goal. Block's second goal came with 22 seconds remaining, a short-handed, empty-net goal. JM goalie Bryan King made 30 saves. Brad Fisher and Alex Whitney also scored for the Spartans.
GAME 95 / Jan. 29, 2009 / Mayo 4, JM 0
Weber steps up in shutout
Mayo senior captain and defenseman Rick Weber shifted to forward and came through with assists on two goals at the Rec Center. He helped Mayo sweep the season series and outshoot the Rockets, 47-10. JM junior goalie Bryan King kept his team in the game, making 43 saves. Drew Block scored the game winner at 6:13 of the second period, a short-handed goal assisted by Ethan Hoppenworth. Myles Flott, Alex Whitney and Tom Alexander also scored for Mayo, while Jordan Yaggy made 20 saves to earn the shutout.
GAME 97 / Jan. 23, 2010 / JM 4, Mayo 2
A wet win for JM
In the inaugural Hockey Day Rochester, at Graham Park on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, JM and Mayo played for the 97th time, under perhaps the oddest circumstances they had ever experienced. A steady rain fell through most of the first two periods, and officials and coaches even discussed moving the game indoors to Graham Arena for the the third period. Ultimately, they decided to finish the game outside, as water pooled on the ice sheet. Despite the strange circumstances, JM's Reed Miller had a standout performance. He finished with a hat trick, scoring one goal at even strength, one short-handed and one on a power play. JM defenseman Matt Broman, who assisted on the game winner early in the second period, added an insurance goal with 3:20 to go in the second to cap the scoring. Bryan King made 17 saves for the Rockets to earn the victory. Alex VanGalder and Stefan Elde split time in goal for Mayo. Ben O'Reilly had given the Spartans a 1-0 lead just 2:35 into the game, but JM responded with Miller's first two goals at 11:56 and 15:56 of the first to take the lead for good.
GAME 98 / Dec. 9, 2010 / JM 5, Mayo 2
A hat trick for Mackey
JM controlled this one from the start, building a 3-1 lead in the opening period on two goals by Eric Mackey and one from Zach Johnson, who also had two assists. Mackey, a senior, completed his hat trick 7:06 into the second period to make it 5-1 JM. Johnson and Matt Broman also scored one goal each for the Rockets, while Tayler Sederquest and Derek McMasters scored for Mayo. JM outshot Mayo, 27-22, and Rockets sophomore goalie Jacob Garvey made 18 saves to earn the victory. Alex VanGalder made 22 saves for Mayo.
GAME 99 / Dec. 30, 2010 / JM 2, Mayo 1 (OT) / Kiwanis 7th place game
No normal 7th-place game
This tournament game in late December felt more like a tournament game in late February. Both teams received tremendous goalie play. Mayo's Alex VanGalder was outstanding, making 46 saves, while JM's Jacob Garvey made 27 stops. The intensity level and energy level was surprisingly high for a game that started at 11:30 a.m. and marked the third game in a 48-hour span for both teams. A total of 38 penalty minutes were handed out, including six to each team in overtime. JM actually had to survive a brief two-man disadvantage early in OT, but the game ended when JM sophomore Kyle Andrews jammed the puck past VanGalder with just 34.7 seconds to go in overtime. JM's Zach Johnson and Mayo's Max Whitney scored in regulation.
GAME 100 / Jan. 15, 2011 / Mayo 2, JM 1
A double dose of history
This game at Graham Arena was doubly historic. Not only was it the 100th meeting between these rivals, but the Spartans' 2-1 victory gave coach Lorne Grosso his 617th career victory, moving him past legendary Edina coach Willard Ikola for first place on the all-time coaching victories list in Minnesota. Typical to this rivalry, it was a close and well-played game. Mayo defenseman Jack Dingle scored with less than four minutes to go in regulation to win it. Mayo's Derek McMasters and JM's Jared Kristo traded goals in the second period to set up Dingle's winner. Alex VanGalder made 20 saves to earn the win, while Bryan King stopped 32 shots for the Rockets.
GAME 101 / Dec. 10, 2011 / JM 4, Mayo 3
Lovett delivers twice for Rockets
JM junior forward Alex Lovett came up big in a tight game between these long-time rivals. Lovett scored twice in the third period to lift the Rockets to a one-goal victory against the Spartans, the third consecutive game between these teams decided by one goal. JM goalie Jacob Garvey was outstanding in the victory, too, making 36 saves. The score was tied 2-2 after two periods, but Lovett put JM up 3-2 at the 8:53 mark of the third with assists from Hunter Heightland and Gavin Sandwick. Nolan Edwards' second goal of the game, on a power play at 12:07 of the third, tied the score, but Lovett scored with just 36 seconds to go, again set up by Heightland and Sandwick, to win it. The score was tied 1-1 after one, as the teams traded goals in a 41-second span late in the period. Alec McGinn made it 1-0 for JM at 13:25 with a power play tally, but Edwards answered for Mayo on the same penalty kill, just 41 seconds later with a short-handed goal. Mayo's Will Holtan and JM's Kyle Andrews traded goals in the second for a 2-2 game after two. This game also marked the first time since the 1987-88 season that long-time Mayo head coach Lorne Grosso was not on the bench for. Grosso had undergone quadruple bypass surgery just 12 days earlier. Case Hansen made 21 saves for Mayo.
GAME 102 / Dec. 30, 2011 / Mayo 3, JM 2
Another tight tourney game
For a second consecutive season, Mayo and JM met in the seventh place game of the Kiwanis Festival, at Graham Arena, though neither team played like a seventh-place team during the tournament. And, for a fourth consecutive meeting, the long-time rivals played to a one-goal game. Tommy Hanson and Max Whitney scored power play goals for Mayo in the opening period for a 2-0 lead. Jared Kristo of JM cut the Rockets deficit in half at 9:24 of the second, but Matt Rogers responded for Mayo 4:34 later to make it 3-1 Mayo after two. JM pulled within a goal again at 10:35 of the third, when Hunter Heightland scored, but the Rockets couldn't get the tying goal past Mayo goalie Michael DeBusman (17 saves). Jimmy Casazza played well in goal for JM, as well, stopping 30 of the 33 shots he faced.