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Mayo goalie filling big shoes

Yaggy settles in, stymies Farmington

By Jason Feldman

jfeldman@postbulletin.com

Jordan Yaggy was worried he might be headed to the bench after giving up two goals in the first period Saturday.

The thought never crossed his coach’s mind.

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"I told him ‘the only time I’d pull you is at the end of the third period,’" Rochester Mayo boys hockey coach Lorne Grosso said.

Yaggy and his Spartans teammates turned things around midway through the first period. They kept visiting Farmington off the board for the final 45 minutes, 29 seconds in a non-conference game at Graham Arena and pulled away for a 6-2 victory.

It’s the second win of the year for Yaggy, whose only loss in three starts was a one-goal setback to unbeaten Owatonna last Tuesday.

Yaggy, a junior, and senior Matt Steinmetz have split starts so far for the 4-2-0 Spartans. The duo has big shoes to fill, as Mayo lost standout goalie Kevin Donohue to graduation. Yaggy said he feels comfortable now, with three varsity starts under his belt. He made 29 saves against Farmington, including 16 in the third period.

"There’s a lot less pressure now," he said. "(Varsity) is much more physical, the scrums in front of the net. Sometimes you have to push (guys) a little."

Donohue played all but four periods last season, but Yaggy and Steinmetz have played well, despite coming into the season with minimal varsity experience.

Yaggy made some critical saves in the second and third periods Saturday. With Mayo leading 5-2 just three minutes into the third, he robbed Farmington’s Jordan Hauschild with a glove save on Hauschild’s hard wrist shot from the left circle. Then, with just less than three minutes to go, Yaggy slid left to right through the crease to stop Greg Werner’s backhand attempt.

"He’s really on the puck; he has such good vision," Grosso said of Yaggy. "He works very hard in practice, too. He’s very conscientious. I think he knows he’s playing with the big boys now and he’s been up to every challenge."

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