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The Junior Jay Varsity beat the Burke Bulldogs 19-8 at Leahy Stadium on Saturday April 20th. This was the first time that the team has played on Easter Weekend in a while. We were missing a few, key players and that added a bit of concern to see who would step up. And boy did a few players step up!
The Junior Jays struck first barely 30 seconds into the game for Max King’s first goal of the game on a nifty feed from Ethan Yale. Mark Mausbach slipped a shot into the goal roughly 30 seconds later to take a 2-0 lead. Burke responded for 2-1 and Mausbach pushed the lead back to 3-1 a few minutes later. Burke scored again to make it 3-2. Tommy Barrett scored his first goal of the year to end the first quarter with Prep in the lead 4-2.
The second quarter belonged to Prep as we stretched our lead to 9-2 on goals by Mac Nelson, King, King, Yale, King (yes 4 by half). Burke snuck a goal with 18 seconds left to make it 9-3 at half time.
Third quarter started with more goals by King and Mausbach to start pulling away at 11-3 within the first minute of the quarter. Burke scored to make it 11-4. Prep then watched Mausbach and King (2 more) add to the lead to 14-4 with only four minutes gone in the 3rd quarter. Mike Walsh scored his first varsity goal of the season by proving that any shot on goal can go into the net. Mike was hit as he shot the ball. You can see the ball bounce high into the air and get lost in the shuffle of bodies; then watch the ball take a small bounce into the goal. I am not sure if Mike saw the goal from under the Burke defense. Congrats Mike! Burke scored once more to make it 15-5 and Mausbach notched one more goal to end the 3rd quarter 16-5.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Max King scored his 8th goal of the game and then took a seat on the bench. Burke showed that its not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog a ripped off three goals in less than 2 minutes to make the game interesting at 17-8. Coach Haney took a time out to settle down the non-starters and during a penalty kill Max King scored his 9th goal and Ben Jones grabbed the last goal of the game to put Prep up 19-8.
Several story lines emerged from the game. With the Holiday weekend taking three of the top four face-off guys out of town, Mac Nelson was left taking all of the face offs. “With Mac doing the faceoffs and being a line one middie for our offense, I was worried that Mac was going to get too worn down” remarked Coach Haney. “ I asked around who would be interested in taking some face offs and Max Sikora raised his hand”. Max then stepped in to win 8 of 14 face offs, grab four ground balls, and assist on a fast break goal. Most excellent work! Another great story was with Ben Newell out of town, Cory Callahan stepped into his second start of the season. Cory was everywhere, breaking up passes and running down ground balls (8 ground balls for the day). Max King stole the show on offense with an 11 point game (9 goals and 2 assists). Coach Haney states that nine goals in a game is a team record and Max passes Bill Hoy’s eight goal game against Papio from 2014. “The two assists were a bit of icing on the cake mentioned Haney.
Sad news is the season ending injury to freshman Peter Grosskurth. Peter injured his leg on a face off that he won. Peter was carted off the field and taken to the hospital. Peter is scheduled to have surgery on his patella on Friday April 26th. Please keep Peter and his family in your prayers so that Peter can have a speedy recovery.
The Junior Jay scorers were led by Max King (9 goals and 2 assists), Mark Mausbach (5 goals), Ethan Yale (1 goal and 1 assist), Mike Walsh (1 goal and 1 assist). Tommy Barrett, Mac Nelson, and Ben Jones each added a goal. Players adding an assist were John Kubat, Trent Hollis, Will Wharton, Nolan Gosch, and Max Sikora. Jack Abt added six saves to his overall save total for the first three quarters and Javier Macias recorded 2 saves for the fourth quarter.
Next up for the Junior Jays is the annual Iowa Road Trip to Ankeny and West Des Moines on the bus for an early morning start on April 27th. CP will play two varsity and two JV games on the road trip.