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Spartans storm back to swamp Winona

Winona scored first, at 1:46 of the first period, but Rochester Mayo then reeled off five straight goals en route to an 11-4 win Saturday in a Big Nine boys hockey game.

The Spartans fired 63 shots on goal, to 13 for Winona.

Nick Canzanello, Ben Gerlesberger and Jeff Brown each had two goals for Mayo. Scoring single goals were Tom Sackett, Torin McCormack, Kyle Swenson, Sam Leof, and Josh Alexander.

"We used all four lines and six defensemen," said co-coach Jeff Whitney.

The Spartans are off this week with tests at school and will be back in action Saturday against Century.

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"Century will be a big test for us," said Whitney.

The Spartans are 8-9-1 overall and 5-3 in the Big Nine Conference.

Albert Lea handles John Marshall: First-place Albert Lea kept its spot in the Big Nine standings with a 6-3 win over Rochester John Marshall Saturday.

The Tigers broke free from a 3-3 tie after two periods and scored three times in the third for the win.

Jared Skovbroten scored twice for the Rockets and RIck McCoy had one goal. Albert Lea led 3-2 after the first period before Skovbroten's second goal tied the game.

"We played, from defense to forwards, we played well," said JM coach Aaron Neurer. He said John Marshall had a 37-35 edge in shots on goal, but is "still struggling in the net right now."

He said Albert Lea showed a lot of energy and scored a big power-play goal in the third period to take the lead.

"We had several opportunities to put the puck in on power plays and we didn't get that accomplished," said Neurer.

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Mike Bryan took the loss in the net. JM is off until Friday, when the Rockets host South St. Paul. The team is 9-7-1 overall and in third place in the Big Nine with a record of 6-3.

Century notches conference win: Rochester Century got past Austin 4-1 to move into second place in the Big Nine standings. The Panthers are undefeated at 8-0 in conference play, and are 13-2-3 overall.

Darin Holland had a natural hat trick for Century, getting all three goals in the second period. He has now scored 20 goals and has 11 assists to lead the team. Nick Curry had Century's other goal.

Century is off until Saturday's game against city rival Mayo. That game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

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