DAN CEARNS The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks defeated an alumni team from the Scugog Men’s Hockey League alumni by a score of 9-2 on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Scugog Arena was packed at the 5th annual fundraiser in support of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation and Operation Scugog. The event was the original idea of Stephen Connors, a local businessman as well as a former member of the MoJacks.
The MoJacks were looking for revenge, as they had dropped last year’s game to the alumni team by a close score of 4-3.
Following the contest, there was a dance held at the Community Centre, headlined by local band 3 Sheets to the Wind.
“It was another great night, and luckily we came out of the game without any injuries,” MoJacks head coach Clair Cornish told The Standard. “This game has always had great support from the community, and it’s a privilege for the MoJacks to be able to give back to these local causes.”
Through its first five years, the event has been quite successful, raising more than $20,000.
With files from Darryl Knight
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
With just two weeks remaining in the COJHL regular season, Friday night’s ‘Battle of North Durham’ in Uxbridge will take on even greater importance than a typical MoJacks vs. Bruins clash, with the MoJacks leapfrogging their North Durham rivals for second place in the standings after posting back-to-back wins over the North Kawartha Knights this past weekend.
“It’s never just another game when we play Uxbridge, let’s be honest,” commented head coach Clair Cornish. “We’ve put ourselves into a position where we’re able to control some of our own destiny if we can keep winning.”
Friday night’s 7:45 p.m. clash in Uxbridge is part of an action-packed weekend for the local Junior ‘C’ hockey club. On Saturday night, at 7 p.m. the team will take on an alumni squad from the Scugog Hockey League for the 5th annual charity game in support of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation and Operation Scugog.
The game was the brainchild of local businessman and former MoJack Stephen Connors, and to date, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the local hospital foundation.
"This event started out as a one-time fun game to raise some money for a good cause. It has really been popular with the players and the community, so we have continued with it. I am proud that we can donate some money to the Foundation in hopes that Lakeridge Health sees the community support we have with our local Hospital,” said Mr. Connors.
Admission to the game is $10, and as an added bonus this year, a dance will be held at the Community Centre following the game, with live entertainment provided by the band Three Sheets To The Wind.
This past weekend, the MoJacks swept a home-and-home encounter with the North Kawartha Knights.
On Saturday night, the team showcased its balanced attack on the road in Apsley, with eight different scorers finding the back of the net in an 8-0 win. Goaltender Blake Shaw picked up his first shutout of the season, with goals by Ryan Bernardes, Ben Sheremeta, Graham Lamers, Jeff St. Pierre, Konrad Piorkowski, Liam Schweda, Jordan McCullough and Ethan Ramsden.
Sunday afternoon, Lucas Clark led the way with two goals as the MoJacks scored a 6-3 win over the Knights at Scugog Arena. Brett Chandler turned aside 35 shots between the pipes, with Ramsden, Lamers, St. Pierre and Berkers rounding out the scoring.
- The MoJacks cap off a busy weekend on Sunday, Jan. 24, with the Georgina Ice visiting Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. tilt.
- Defenceman Andrew Pickering returned to the lineup over the weekend after being sidelined with an upper-body injury since November.
CRAIG SCHROTER Special to The Standard
The game at the Lindsay Rec Complex on Friday, Jan. 8 had all the makings of a blowout with two teams seemingly going in opposite directions, but what the fans got was an exciting game with lots of goals in an 8-5 Burlington win over the Lindsay Muskies.
Coming into the game the Cougars had won six in a row, while the Muskies only have eight wins all season.
Getting the start tonight for Lindsay was net minder Graham Dynes who hadn’t seen action in a long time. Although he did make a couple of big saves early on David Thompson snapped a shot between Dyne’s legs to open the scoring just over two minutes into the action. Burlington would add another before Cam Robinson’s second goal of the season got Lindsay on the board just past the halfway mark of the first period.
However, the Cougars would respond with two more goals to take a 4-1 lead at the first intermission.
The next goal would be critical, and the Muskies got it, starting an avalanche of eight second period goals between the teams. Cam Lamport netted a pair for Lindsay, with James Allen and Kyle Diamond chipping in with singles. After the eight goal outburst in the second, there was no more scoring in the third period.
Speaking with Muskies forward Cam Lamport after the game he was pretty pumped after his first two-goal game as a Muskie. The Cannington native came to the team via a trade earlier in the season.
“We started pretty slow, (the team was outshot 18-6 in the first), but we really came on pretty good in the second,” commented Lamport.
Despite the team’s record, Assistant Coach Jon Campbell sees a lot of positives with the team. “We are one of the youngest teams, with three 16-year-olds, who are very good hockey players.”
He also spoke very highly of Dynes who despite giving up eight goals against Burlington has shown that he does have a lot of potential as a 17-year-old. “We only have one player aging out this year (Captain Stuart Fierheller, who was subsequently dealt to the Brockville Braves over the weekend). Next year we should have a good young core coming back next year with one more year experience.”
The Muskies fortunes would not improve the following night on the road in Aurora, as they dropped an 8-1 decision to the Tigers.
It’s a busy weekend for the Muskies this weekend, with Stouffville in town for a 7:30 p.m. match-up at the Rec Complex on Friday, Jan. 15. On Saturday and Sunday, the league hosts its North-East Conference Showcase in Trenton, with the Muskies facing Aurora at 4 p.m. on Saturday and looking to dethrone the Markham Royals at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry Predators Minor Atom ‘AA’ team continued their strong campaign recently, as they captured the 2015-16 Stratford International Silver Stick Regional Championship.
After splitting the round robin portion of the tournament with a 1-1-1 record, Port Perry defeated the Caledon Hawks 5-4 in sudden death overtime to advance to the championship game.
This would set-up a rematch between the Port Perry Predators and the Dundas Blues in the tournament Finals. In the round robin portion, the Blues, another ‘A’ centre competing at the ‘AA’ level, scored a 7-2 victory. The Predators were determined to avenge the loss in the championship match, as the players noted in an interview with The Standard after being honoured by the Port Perry MoJacks in a special ceremony on Jan. 4.
“We felt like we had a bad game the first time we played, and we knew we were better than that. Before the finals, we said that this one is our game and we weren’t going to lose twice to the same team,” Nathan Stapleton said.
Nolan Laird added that the team was focused on a single goal in the Finals.
“No one was going home with that trophy except us, and we got back to playing our usual type of game with everyone working really hard and supporting each other” he said.
The Predators came out determined and would score a short-handed goal with just 27 seconds left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.
Dundas would respond less than two minutes into the second period to tie the game at 1-1. But, the Predators would counter by scoring a power-play goal with one second left in the second period.
Less than four minutes into the third period the Predators took a 3-1 lead at before the Blues scored late to cut the lead to one. However, the Predators showed great determination down the stretch to fend off the Blues and hang on for a 3-2 victory to capture the championship.
“We played a lot better as the tournament went on, and after a slow start we’re playing a lot better lately, especially on defence. And, that showed when we were able to hold them off to win the championship,” goalie CJ Tonna explained.
The Predators will now square off against the top teams from across North America at the International Finals in Newmarket from Feb. 14 to 17.
“This will be great to play against tough teams right before the playoffs. We know that if we play smart, we can win against anybody,” Noah Smith added.