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Century skaters pounded for loss

CORRECTION RAN FRIDAY (12/6/02)

Rochester John Marshall boys hockey coach Aaron Neurer said Rob Amundson was one of three JM players who played well in Tuesday's game against Robbinsdale Amstrong. The player's name was incorrect on Page 3D Wednesday.

----------------------------------------------------------- ROSEVILLE -- The Rochester Century boys hockey team lost for the first time this season with a 7-1 setback to Roseville on Tuesday night.

Roseville scored five power play goals as Century committed a total of 10 penalties on the night. It was 1-1 after the first period of play, but the plethora of whistles caught up with the Panthers in the second period.

Pete Zoller, off an assist from Cris Collins, scored the only Century goal of the game on the power play in the first period. Zoller tied the game up at the 7:14 mark of the first period.

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Roseville then broke the game open with a three goals in the second period. After incurring no penalties in the first period, the Panthers had five in each of the final two periods. Century had nine minors and one 10-minute misconduct penalty

"We just had way too many penalties," Century coach Bruce Frutiger said. "That meant our goalie, Alex Kangas, had to face a lot of shots with a man short on defense."

Kangas faced a total of 29 shots from Roseville, with 10 of those shots coming in the second period and 12 more in the third. By contrast, Century had only 18 total shots on the night.

"We spent most of our time killing penalties and never did get the offense going," Frutiger said.

Century (2-1) plays its Big Nine Conference opener against John Marshall on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Olmsted County Recreation Center.

JM bounces back, wins on late goal

After a slow start against Robbinsdale Armstrong, the Rochester John Marshall boys hockey team regrouped and came back to win 4-3 on Paul Girard's short-handed goal with 1:49 left in the game.

"They scored on their first shift," said John Marshall coach Aaron Neurer. "But our kids didn't panic. They battled and tied it up."

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Jake Hovick's goal, on assists from Rob Amundson and Ben Burns, tied it 1-1 in the first period. Then Hovick scored unassisted in the second period to give the Rockets a 2-1 lead.

Armstrong came back to tie it and then went ahead 3-2 late in the second period. Brad Wiitanen scored, on an assist from Jake Bosben to tie the game 3-3 at 6:11 of the third period.

The Rockets only had 10 shots on goal, but made good use of them.

"Hovick, Anderson and Girard really played well tonight," said Neurer. "Wiitanen had that big goal.

"We have a lot of guys who will chip in. We really hung together tonight and made a couple big plays at the end."

Goalie Josh Skinner faced 26 shots.

The Rockets improve to 2-1 as they prepare to face Rochester Century Thursday at the Rec Center.

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