Boys Hockey: Haskins' highlight-reel goals lift Mayo past Century
Logan Haskins' second goal Saturday had nearly every jaw in the Rochester Recreation Center drooping.
That included some of his Rochester Mayo teammates, who were still shaking their heads after a 7-1 victory against crosstown rival Rochester Century in a Big Nine Conference boys hockey game.
"I was shocked … unbelievable," Mayo junior forward Tommy Hanson said. "He has great poise with the puck. He does that in practice, but to see him do it in a game…"
Haskins skated deep into the Century zone along the boards, worked his way around a defender at the goal line and put the puck between his legs. Century goalie Eric Rohleder was able to make a poke-check, but Haskins corralled the puck as he cut in front of the crease and managed to shoot it into the open side of the goal as he fell to the ice.
The goal gave Mayo (11-4-0 overall, 6-0-0 Big Nine) a 5-0 lead midway through the second period and all but ended Century's hopes of a comeback.
Haskins and fellow sophomore linemates Ethan Moore and Nick Newman are in their first season as varsity players, but they have given the Spartans valuable ice time and depth as a third line.
"It took a little while to adjust (to the varsity game)," Haskins said. "The speed of the game and strength of the players (were the biggest differences). It's a lot more physical at this level."
Haskins opened the scoring 4:29 into the game when he converted a short-handed breakaway after forcing a turnover at the defensive blue line.
Century played a solid first 16 minutes, clogging up passing lanes and not allowing Mayo many good scoring chances. But Adam Alcott and Tommy Hanson scored in the final 45 seconds of the period for a 3-0 lead.
"That gave us a lot of momentum," Hanson said. "The second and third goals really helped. It put more pressure on them and got us fired up right before the second period."
Alcott and Haskins each scored again in the second to make it 5-0. Hayden Ashworth scored Century's lone goal on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, but Ryan Martin and Will Holtan added insurance goals for Mayo in the final six minutes.
"These kids just don't stop skating, they don't stop playing until the very last second," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said. "It's a team that hates to lose and they executed really well."
Century (2-12-0, 1-6-0) received a boost earlier in the week when standout sophomore defenseman Riese Zmolek returned to the lineup. Zmolek, who suffered an ankle injury and had surgery before the season, played in his second game of the year on Saturday. His return was nearly three weeks ahead of schedule.
"He'll keep getting stronger and stronger," Klingfus said. "He played a lot for not having skated since September. We're pleased with where he's at. It was Riese's hard work and will to get back that put him ahead of schedule."
NOTES: The Century Goal Line Club honored former Panthers head coach Bruce Frutiger after the first period for his years of dedication to the program. Frutiger, the first head coach in school history, won 197 games and coached three state-tournament teams during his 13 seasons.
Mayo 7, Century 1
First period— 1. M, Logan Haskins 2 (Nick Newman 3) 4:29 (sh). 2. M, Adam Alcott 6 (Tommy Fjelsted 10) 16:15. 3. M, Tommy Hanson 8 (Will Holtan 7) 16:45. Second period— 4. M, Alcott 7 (Hanson 5, Nolan Edwards 6) 4:54. 5. M, Haskins 3 (Newman 4) 8:57. Third period— 6. C, Hayden Ashworth 5 (Carter Scrimshaw 2) 4:37 (sh). 7. M, Ryan Martin 9 (Alcott 12) 11:25 (pp). 8. M, Holtan 3 (unassisted) 16:32 (pp).
Shots on goal— M 16-10-17—43; C 7-8-4—19. Goalies— M, Case Hansen (W, 11-4-0; 18 saves); C, Eric Rohleder (L, 2-12-0; 36 saves). Penalties— M, 4-8 minutes; C, 5-10 minutes.