High School Hockey Tonight | Jan. 6, 2012
Posted by: Feldman
For a second consecutive night, there's just one boys hockey game on our local schedule, as Mayo makes its trip up north to face Hibbing, before playing at Virginia on Saturday. The Spartans haven't played a game in a week, since the final day of the Kiwanis Festival. This trip is always a good test for the Spartans as they prepare for 10 of their final 12 regular season games coming against Big Nine Conference opponents.
Mayo at Hibbing/Chisholm
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hibbing Memorial Arena
Records: Mayo 7-4-0; Hibbing 6-6-0
Coaches: Mayo, Todd Huyber, Bob Haskins, Jeff Whitney; Hibbing, Mark DeCenzo
Last meeting: Hibbing/Chisholm won, 6-5 in OT, at Graham Arena on Jan. 7, 2011. Mayo led 3-0 after one period and had a 4-2 lead in the third. Hibbing's Joe Anderson and Adam Johnson scored six seconds apart in the third for a 5-4 lead, but Mayo's Bill Norman scored with 5:55 to go in the third to force OT. Anderson scored 5:30 into OT to win it for Hibbing.
Last game: Mayo beat John Marshall, 3-2, on Dec. 30, in the seventh-place game of the Kiwanis Festival. Hibbing/Chisholm lost to Lakeville North, 6-5, on Dec. 29, in the North-South Challenge, at Hibbing.
Game notes: Mayo coach Lorne Grossowon't make the trip north this weekend. He and his doctors are still hesitant about allowing him to travel that far out of town after his quadruple bypass surgery in late November. ... Hibbing is led by junior F Adam Johnson, a University of Minnesota-Duluth recruit, who has 33 points through 12 games (18-15--33). Johnson has 21 points in the past five games. He was the breakout star of last year's Class A state tournament, when he had four goals and an assist in three games, including a hat trick in a state semifinal loss to Hermantown. ... Hibbing placed fourth in the state tournament last season. ... Mayo's leading scorer is junior F Adam Alcott, who has 16 points, including eight points in the past six games.