Posted by: Feldman
Before we get into tonight's boys games, how about a shout-out (do kids still say that? Just pretend and tell me they do) to the Century girls hockey team for upsetting JM/Lourdes 4-3 in OT in the Section 1AA quarterfinals last night.
JM/L had a nice season, sharing the Big 9 title with Red Wing and sticking in the Class AA state poll for much of the season.
Century won when Maddie Leqve scored on a shot from the point 2 minutes into OT. In other Section 1AA quarterfinals, Lakeville North beat Owatonna 3-0, Dodge County beat Farmington 6-0, and Lakeville South beat Rochester Mayo 11-0.
Saturday's section semifinals feature No. 4 seed Dodge County at No. 1 Lakeville South, and No. 6 Century at No. 2 Lakeville North.
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On the boys side, is there a big game going on in town tonight? Oh, yeah, that one at Graham Arena. Something about two Rochester teams playing each other for the 111th time. Rochester John Marshall and Rochester Mayo will meet for the second time this season, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Graham I.
A special note for this game: Mayo players will wear pink ribbons and use pink stick tape as they are dedicating tonight's game to Marisa Martin, the youngest daughter of Mayo coach Lorne Grosso and his wife, Joan. Marisa has been battling breast cancer since last spring. Proceeds from tonight's chuck-a-puck contest will be donated to Marisa and her family, and there will be a big benefit/silent auction at Wicked Moose on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. I'll have more in Friday's paper (plus a separate blog post about it), but there will be lots of great stuff to bid on (including tickets to a Wild game donated by Lorne's cousin, Lou Nanne, and signed jerseys by NHLers Ron Francis and Zach Parise), so bring your checkbooks on Sunday and support a great family! ... Oh, also, Joan Grosso informed me of one more item local hockey fans might love to bid on: A gourmet Italian dinner with Shjon and Sherry Podein, cooked by Lorne Grosso! (I'm told he's actually a great cook; he won't just go to the store and get some frozen lasagna).
Back to tonight's game ...
JM had been playing quite well, winning five consecutive games until falling 6-1 to St. Paul Academy -- the No. 7-ranked team in Class A -- last Saturday. Mayo has been a little more up-and-down in recent weeks. The Spartans beat a gritty Mankato East team on Tuesday, but as coach Lorne Grosso put it when we spoke yesterday, "East taught (Mayo) a good lesson about working hard for an entire game."
So, who knows what will happen tonight. Mayo has won nine consecutive meetings against JM and, last season, took the lead in the all-time series for the first time ever. Will JM snap Mayo's streak tonight? I've seen the Rockets when they're at their best and they're a good team. Will Mayo snap back and play its best tonight?
This game will have some big implications as far as home-ice advantage in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs. There's a good chance that two Rochester teams will meet each other in the section quarterfinals -- Mayo, JM and Century should be seeded 4, 5, and 6, though it's still to be determined what order they'll fall into those seeds. That means two will face each other and one will go to Farmington for a quarterfinal game.
A Mayo win tonight will go a long way toward the Spartans getting that No. 4 seed. Ditto for JM. Mayo still also has to face Century one more time and there is a chance that all of the Rochester teams could go 1-1 vs. each other this season. Tonight's outcome will clear up a little more just how the teams will likely be seeded.
But, y'know, this is a rivalry game, and the guys in the red and black sweaters, as well as the guys in the green and gold sweaters, need no more motivation than the bragging rights that go to tonight's winner.
It's a light load of games tonight, so let's take a look at them:
ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL at ROCHESTER MAYO
7:30 p.m., Graham Arena I
Records: JM 8-4-0 Big Nine, 11-10-0 overall; Mayo 10-4-0, 14-7-1.
Coaches: JM, Jay Ness; Mayo, Lorne Grosso.
Last meeting: Mayo defeated JM 6-2 on Dec. 13, 2014, at the Rec Center. Anthony Oliveto had two goals and an assist, and JT Rein had two goals for Mayo. Jake Dravis and Aaron Macken scored for JM.
Last game: Mayo beat Mankato East 7-5 on Tuesday; JM lost at St. Paul Academy 6-1 on Saturday.
Team leaders: JM -- So. F Cory Checco (12-16--28); Jr. F Brady Dahl (13-8--21); Jr. F Isaac Lamppa (6-11-17); Sr. F Jake Dravis (5-9--14); Jr. D Josh Frerks (4-8--12); Jr. G Brady Meyers (9-10-0, 3.15 GAA, .894). MAYO -- Sr. F Logan Haskins (16-23--39); So. F Anthony Oliveto (25-14--39); Sr. F Ethan Moore (10-19--29); Sr. F Austyn Renn (9-10--19); Jr. D Nick Norby (5-10--15); Sr. G Chris Wileman (14-7-1, 2.98, .870).
Notes: This is the 111th meeting between the teams all-time. Mayo leads the all-time series 56-53-1. ... Mayo has won nine consecutive meetings with JM. ... Mayo was 9-2-0 in November and December, and 5-5-1 since. ... Oliveto and Haskins are tied for the lead in scoring among Rochester players, both with 39 points. ... JM's Checco is on a seven-game point streak. ... JM has shut out its past two conference opponents. ... The Rockets' last victory against Mayo was on Dec. 10, 2011.
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AUSTIN at ROCHESTER CENTURY
7:30 p.m., Rochester Recreation Center
Records: Austin 0-13-1 Big Nine Conference, 3-17-1 overall; Century 8-5-0, 11-7-2
Coaches: Austin, Erik LaRock; Century, Josh Klingfus
Last meeting: Century beat Austin 7-3 on Dec. 9, 2014, at Riverside Arena in Austin. Century defensemen Riese Zmolek and Alex Ney scored twice each.
Last game: Austin lost to Red Wing 6-4 on Saturday; Century won at Albert Lea 4-3 on Saturday.
Team leaders: AUST -- Jr. F Dan Bolingberg (11-6--17); Jr. F Kenny Ree (6-10--16); Soph. F Isaac Arnold (7-7--14); Sr. G Jacob Johnson (2-16-1, 4.26 GAA, .861 save pct.). CENT -- Sr. F Jake Roth (16-15--31); Sr. D Riese Zmolek (14-15--29); Sr. D/F Ryan Sherden (4-12--16); Sr. D Alex Ney (10-5--15); Fr. G Cole Walter (6-2-0, 2.25, .891).
Notes: Roth topped the 100-career point mark a couple weeks ago; Zmolek is on the verge of reaching 100 career points. He has 91 entering tonight's game. ... Century has won two consecutive games and six of its past nine. ... Austin is on a seven-game losing streak, but four of those losses came by one goal and two others by two goals. ... Included in the Packers' seven-game losing streak are one-goal losses against the top two teams in the Big Nine, Mankato West (2-1 on Jan. 10) and Faribault (5-4 on Jan. 17).
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AROUND THE STATE
* No. 2-AA Edina (18-1-2) at No. 8-AA Wayzata (10-9-2), 7 p.m.: These state powers will meet for a third time this season; Edina has a win and a tie in their first two matchups. Edina's Garrett Wait had a hat trick in the most recent meeting, a 6-3 Hornets win on Jan. 17 at Edina.
* No. 1-AA Lakeville North (21-0-0) at No. 12 Prior Lake (14-6-1), 7 p.m.: North beat South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake 7-4 in their previous matchup, on Jan. 8, in Lakeville. Brothers Jack and Nick Poehling -- named as Mr. Hockey finalists today -- combined for four goals seven points in that game.
* No. 17-A New Prague (14-7-0) at No. 9-A Delano/Rockford (18-4-0), 7 p.m.: New Prague, the defending Section 1A champ, is just 4-3-0 in its past seven games and is coming off an 8-1 loss to Holy Family Catholic. The Trojans lost to Delano in their first matchup this season, 7-1, on Jan. 13 at New Prague.
* No. 5-AA Eden Prairie (14-8-0) at No. 13-AA Minnetonka (11-9-1), 7 p.m.: Eden Prairie has won four of its past five and is coming off a convincing 5-0 shutout against No. 10-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's on Tuesday.
* Hopkins (12-8-1) at No. 14-AA Holy Family Catholic (13-6-2), 7 p.m.: These teams are in a loaded Section 6AA, and despite the talent that each team possesses, this game is likely a battle for home-ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.
* Duluth East (10-9-3) at No. 7-AA Blaine (15-5-1), 7 p.m.: The perennial Section 7AA power East is down a bit this season, but it has lost just once in its past seven games, a stretch that includes a 1-1 tie against No. 6-AA Elk River.