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February 14, 2012

High School Hockey Tonight, Part I | Feb. 14, 2012

Posted by: Feldman

Is there a big game going on tonight at the Rec Center? We'll get to that one in a subsequent post, but Mayo and Century aren't the only Rochester teams in action tonight.

John Marshall plays its second-to-last game of the regular season at Albert Lea at 7:30 p.m. Both teams are out of the hunt for the Big Nine title, though JM could still finish as high as third in the standings. This isn't a matchup that will have implications in the section seeding process, but if JM can win its final two games, there might still be a chance for it to grab the No. 5 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs.

The Rockets are coming off a confidence-boosting victory at Owatonna on Saturday, the second consecutive game in which Rockets goalie Jacob Garvey recorded a shutout. We all know how big of a difference a hot goalie can make this time of year, and Garvey could help JM get on a roll at the right time. The Rockets will have to solve the issue that has plagued them throughout the season, though -- they put a lot of shots on goal, but they have trouble putting the puck in the net. JM outshot Owatonna, 35-14, on Saturday, but won just 2-0. Maybe the Rockets can turn that trend around tonight.

JM at ALBERT LEA
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Where: Albert Lea City Arena.
Records: JM 10-5-0 Big Nine, 11-10-2 overall; Albert Lea 8-7-0, 10-12-1.
Coaches: JM, Jay Ness; A.L., Roy Nystrom.
Last meeting: JM won, 4-1, on Jan. 19 at the Rochester Recreation Center. JM scored three times in the third period to pull away.Alex Lovett scored twice for the Rockets, including the game winner on a power play early in the third period.
Last game: Jacob Garvey made 14 saves to help JM to a 2-0 shutout win at Owatonna on Saturday; Albert Lea snapped a six-game losing streak -- the longest in program history under coach Nystrom -- with a 5-1 victory at Faribault on Saturday.

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