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Mayo boosts itsBig Nine title hopes

Post-Bulletin staff

Rochester Mayo weathered Owatonna’s storm at the beginning of the third period, then rallied to enhance its chances of a Big Nine Conference championship and, more importantly, the No. 1 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs.

Tom Alexander scored the game-winning goal on a wraparound with 2:49 remaining in the third period. Drew Block added a nice-looking one-timer from Rick Weber in the final minute to lift Mayo past Owatonna 4-2 in a Big Nine boys hockey game at Graham Arena on Tuesday.

"This was a well-played game by both teams," said Lorne Grosso, who picked up his 598th victory as Mayo’s coach. "When we work hard, we play effectively."

Mayo (6-0-0 Big Nine, 14-7-0 overall) did that over the first two periods, keeping the Huskies (2-4-0, 10-9-1) off the scoreboard for the first 34 minutes.

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Brad Fisher scored a power-play goal in the first period and Alexander added one in the second for a 2-0 advantage. However, the Huskies responded with two goals in a span of 1:20 early in the third to tie the score.

Owatonna outshot Mayo 26-17, but Jordan Yaggy was strong again in goal for the Spartans.

"Yaggy played a great game," Grosso said, "and Weber has added some scoring punch to our forward lines."

Weber fed Block across the slot for the one-timer with 33 seconds to go in the game to cap the scoring. Weber had three assists in the game, while Alexander, Fisher, Kevin Oetliker and Myles Flott each had one.

Mayo is back in action Thursday at Faribault.

CENTURY 7, WINONA 2

Panthers perfect in Big 9

WINONA — Rochester Century kept its hopes of a perfect Big Nine Conference season alive and reached the .500 mark overall for the first time since Dec. 29.

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The Panthers scored four second period goals and held the momentum to beat Winona and improve to 5-0-0 in the Big Nine and 10-10-0 overall.

Century’s leading scorer, Cory Kautz, had a big night. Kautz had three assists, including one on the tying goal and one on the winning goal. He also scored twice in the third period to cap a five-point game.

Jordan Martini (two goals, one assist) and Drew Anderson (three assists) also had multiple-point games for the Panthers.

Joe Faupel, Connor Faupel and Thomas Lund added a goal each for Century, while Tyler Anderson had one assist.

Goalie Cam Sellnow stopped 21 shots to pick up the victory. Century outshot the Winhawks (2-4-0, 10-11-1), 30-23.

The Panthers are back in action Thursday against John Marshall in a conference game at the Rec Center.

ALBERT LEA 6, JM 2

Rockets play well in third

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Rochester John Marshall received goals from senior Alex Peterson and sophomore Zach Ewing, but the Rockets couldn’t recover from a four-goal deficit after two periods in a Big Nine Conference loss to Albert Lea at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Zach Johnson, Reed Miller, Darryn Liedl and Nate Polansky each had one assist for JM (2-5-0 Big Nine, 7-15-0 overall).

Defenseman Casey Marka had a hat trick for Albert Lea, which led 5-1 after two periods.

The Tigers (7-1-0, 16-7-0) outshot JM, 38-19. Rockets goalie Bryan King made 32 saves.

JM is back in action Thursday, when it faces Rochester Century in a Big Nine Conference game at 7:30 p.m. at the Rec Center.

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