Century vs Mayo Boys Hockey

Rochester Century's Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth (40) takes a shot Rochester Mayo's Hayden Jones (10) defends during a Big Nine Conference boys hockey game on Saturday at Graham Arena I in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

As the penalties piled up, so did the goals.

The result was a powerful 7-2 victory for Rochester Century against rival Rochester Mayo in an early season Big Nine Conference boys hockey game Saturday night at Graham Arena I.

The Spartans and Panthers combined for 14 penalties for 46 minutes, and all of those penalty minutes yielded six total power-play goals. Century was whistled for eight penalties for 29 minutes, while Mayo was called for six penalties for 17 minutes.

Century scored four times on the man advantage to earn its seventh consecutive victory against Mayo.

The Panthers last loss to the Spartans came on Feb. 13, 2016, a 4-1 Mayo win. Since that night, Century has allowed Mayo a total of three goals during the seven-game streak.

Century now leads the all-time series 33-25-2 and is on the longest winning streak in the 21-year history of the rivalry.

The 60th meeting of the rivals also marked the earliest the teams have ever faced each other. It is their first-ever meeting in November; the previous earliest matchup between Mayo and Century came in the 2016-17 season, when they met on Dec. 3, 2016.

Saturday's game was close until midway through the second period.

Century senior forward Joey Malugani scored the lone goal of the first period — on a power play — 6:09 into the game.

Mayo answered with one of its two power-play goals, with Caleb Beavers scoring 2:46 into the second period.

That tie lasted just 62 seconds, though, as Century's Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth notched the first of his three points in the game, and his lone goal. Owen MacDonald scored another power-play goal for Century at the 6:04 mark, and Connor Olson added another man-advantage tally at the 8:33 mark for a 4-1 Panthers lead after two.

Olson, Malugani and Ty Trageser scored in the third for Century (2-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 Big Nine), while Will Weick added a power-play goal for Mayo (0-2-0, 0-1-0).

"It was a pretty typical Mayo-Century game," Spartans coach Todd Huyber said. "The team that keeps their emotions in check usually comes out on top. Obviously, special teams played a big role and we have some work to do on the (penalty kill).

"But give Century credit. They did a nice job of finding open guys and burying pucks."

Tim Pundt stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to earn the victory in goal, while Max Cothern made 33 saves for Mayo.

Century continues its five-game season-opening road trip next Saturday at Duluth Marshall, at 2 p.m.

Mayo returns to action Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at Mankato West.

CENTURY 7, MAYO 2

Century   1   3   3   —   7

Mayo       0   1   1   —   2

Century: Sam Williams 1 assist; Isaiah Huber 1 assist; Joey Malugani 2 goals; Connor Olson 2 goals; Gavin Gunderson 2 assists; Ty Trageser 1 goal; Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth 1 goal, 2 assists; Owen MacDonald 1 goal. Goalie: Tim Pundt 26 saves (28 shots).

Mayo: Ethan Norman 1 assist; Caleb Beavers 1 goal; Will Weick 1 goal; Javan Hodge 2 assists. Goalie: Max Cothern 33 saves (40 shots).

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