MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: It was another weekend split for the Uxbridge Bruins, as the team remained unbeaten at home and winless on the road through the first two weeks of the PJHL season.
The Uxbridge Bruins scored early and often on Friday night at the Bear Den, shutting out the visiting Port Hope Panthers by a final score of 10-0. On Sunday night, they dropped a hard fought game to a Tod Division foe, losing 2-1 in Napanee against the Raiders.
On Friday night, Toby Cooper made a strong first impression after coming to the team earlier in the week after a trade with the Port Perry Mojacks, giving Uxbridge the lead just over 3 minutes into the action.
Shortly afterwards, Jackson Savery and Daniel Giorgio scored shortly afterwards to extend the lead to 3-0 at the end of the first period.
The 2nd period saw the Uxbridge offence explode for 5 goals.
Justin Bennett continued his strong start to the season with a pair of goals, with Cameron Moffitt, Stefan Palatsidis and Giorgio chipping in singles.
The third period saw the Bruins add to their lead with the second goals of the night for Savery and Palatsidis rounding out the scoring as the team scored in double digits for the first time since a 10-1 win over Georgina on January 3, 2016.
Ryan McConkey turned aside all 15 shots fired by the Panthers to earn his first shutout of the 2018-19 season for Uxbridge.
It was an intense atmosphere on Sunday night at the Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee, with the Bruins in town to take on a Raiders squad with the sights firmly set on a Tod Division title this season.
The game was a back-and-forth, physical affair with more than 100 penalty minutes doled out as the teams traded scoring chances and outstanding defensive zone coverage.
The score stood tied 0-0 in the third period when the Raiders finally lit up the scoreboard almost three minutes into the third period.
The Bruins would strike right back less than a minute later however, with Cole Bremner blasting a shot past the Raiders goalie on an assist from Moffitt.
The teams would battle to break the tie for more than 10 minutes before the Raiders found the back of the net to go ahead by a score of 2-1. The final moments saw a frantic finish to the action, but the Bruins offence was stymied in their efforts.
- The Bruins are back in action at The Den on Friday night, as they close out their season series with the Tod Division’s Gananoque Islanders. Uxbridge will be looking to avenge last week’s setback when the action gets underway at 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 28.
- Sunday night will see the Bruins headed back to the Greater Kingston Area with a match-up against the Amherstview Jets.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Ty Dellandrea took another step towards the NHL last week, signing an Entry Level Contract with the Dallas Stars.
The Stars made the announcement last week that they had signed the centre to a three-year deal after selecting the former Uxbridge S.S. student and standout with the Central Ontario Wolves with the 13th overall selection in the Draft this past June.
The 18-year-old Dellandrea agreed to terms with Dallas after playing in his first NHL pre-season game with the Stars on Tuesday, Sept. 18 against the St. Louis Blues. Centring a line with two other top prospects in the Dallas system - Nick Caamano and Jason Robertson - Dellandrea logged 9:42 of ice time with one shot on goal against the Blues at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
After signing, Dellandrea was returned to the Flint Firebirds of the OHL where he is expected to take another step forward in his development this season, his third with the team after being taken 5th overall in 2016 from the Central Ontario Wolves Minor Midget team.
In 2018, Dellandrea had 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists) in 67 games with Flint, leading the team in goals and ranking second in points and assists, helping lead the team to its first playoff appearance. He added one assist in five OHL playoff games.
This season, fans can catch Dellandrea in action close to home on Thursday, December 13th, when Flint visits the Peterborough Petes, as well as on Sunday, January 20th against the Oshawa Generals.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have won two of their first three games to start the 2018/2019 PJHL season.
The MoJacks dropped their first game of the season by a score of 4-3 against North Kawartha on Saturday, September 15th, but were able to get a win on Thursday, September 20th, against the Clarington Eagles, by the same score.
Kody Fruhner had a hat trick in that game in Clarington, and Derek Risebrough scored the other goal, to lead the MoJacks to their first win of the season.
Port Perry looked to carry the momentum from the win into their home opener game, on Sunday, September 23rd, against the Picton Pirates at Scugog arena.
The two teams met for their first regular season tilt, as the PJHL decided this season there will be an interlocking schedule between teams in the Orr and Tod divisions.
Less than two and a half minutes into the first period, Liam Schweda put a shot on net that was stopped, but Derek Risebrough found the rebound and put the puck in the back of the net to give the MoJacks an early lead.
However, a bit over five minutes later, the Pirates put a shot on which deflected off of a MoJack player and past goaltender Connor Latchford, tying the game 1-1.
The MoJacks would find themselves back on top though in the second period. A little under 10 minutes into the period, Carter Thornton found himself on a breakaway and fired the puck into the top corner of the net to give the MoJacks a one-goal lead.
That goal seemed to give the MoJacks’ players some energy.
Before the ten minute mark of the third period, the MoJacks struck twice more, with Thornton’s second goal of the game and a goal from Fruhner, giving them a 4-1 lead. Picton would score with less than five and a half minutes to go in the period, but the MoJacks sealed the victory with Thornton’s hat trick goal into an empty net goal late in the period, and won the game by a final score of 5-2. Latchford stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced in the game.
“We played a solid half of the game. There was a little bit in the middle there, where we were tired and [Picton] took it to us. Our goalie played pretty well, and gave us a chance to win,” MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb told The Standard after the game.
Despite sporting a roster with a number of rookies, Jobb said his expectations for the team remain the same as last season.
“We do have a younger team, but we expect to do well and compete for the top couple spots in the division,” he said.
The MoJacks will be looking to build off the last couple victories when they face the Georgina Ice, in Georgina, on Friday, September 28th. Puck drop for that game is at 7:30 p.m. The MoJacks’ next home game is Sunday, September 30th, at 2:25 p.m., against North Kawartha.
CRAIG SCHROTER The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies played an exciting opening game for their 2018/19 season Friday night, but a Brampton late empty net goal sealed their fate, in a 5-3 loss.
The Muskies, who had a total of eight players making their Junior A debut, seemed to be on their heels in the opening frame.
Muskies goaltender, Blake Curran, was steady, as he faced 19 shots in the first period alone.
Nicholas Giamou opened the scoring for the Admirals, at 8:39, when he capped a wild goal mouth scramble. The goal was unassisted.
Just seconds later, at 9:14, Ryan Herpy made it 2-0, finishing a 3 on 1 break, with the helpers going to Michael Hill and Sebastian Bulovs.
The Muskies were starting to gain some momentum on a late power play when suddenly the Admirals broke in for a glorious chance, thwarted by an incredible glove save by Curran.
In the second period the Fish began to come alive and generated some good chances early. They thought they had gotten on the scoreboard early on, but the goal was quickly, and correctly waived off by the official, after a high stick made contact.
The Muskies kept pressing but, at 15:35, Aaron Dickson snuck one past Curran, from Herpy, to make it 3-0.
The Muskies answered back though, and they came on like a tidal wave.
Ryan Callan scored his first OJHL goal, from Brennan Stapleton and Logan Maunder, at 16:04, to get the Fish on the board. Then, before the crowd had settled down, it was Chris Talman noting his first OJHL goal, at 16:27, to make it 3-2, from Brendan Tomilson and Callan.
At that point, the Admirals called a timeout to settle the troops, and the second period ended that way.
Early in the third period the Muskies completed the comeback, when Greg Arnburg fired a shot that seemed to handcuff Brampton goaltender Travis Smith. That goal came at the :40 second mark and was set up by Brandon Carr-Ansah.
It did not take long though for the Admirals to regain their one goal lead, when Maxwell Steeves fired a high shot from the slot over the shoulder of Curran, at 1:22. That goal, which turned out to be the game winner, was assisted by Justin Vernace and Herpy. With the Muskies pressing late in the game Curran was pulled for an extra attacker, but Steeves seond of the night, from Hudson Lambert, was all the insurance Brampton would need.
Callan and Talman were both disappointed in the loss, after the game, but happy to have picked up their first Junior A goals. “I just got kind of lucky, but my line mates hit me perfectly”. Said Talman.
Head Coach Dan West said he felt the game was sloppy at times. He went on to say, no matter how intensely you practice, nothing can compare to the speed of an actual game. While Lindsay were dressing eight players, making their OJHL debut, the Admirals were playing their fourth game of the young season.
In the end, Curran made 44 saves throughout the night, while Smith made 38 contributing to the win.
The next home game for the Muskies is next Friday night when they host Oakville.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A new season of Uxbridge Bruins hockey started with a win, at home on Friday night, downing the defending provincial champion Lakefield Chiefs by a score of 3-2.
The Bruins would complete the weekend with a trip to Gananoque, where despite a spirited effort, they would fall 2-1 to the Islanders.
More than 200 boisterous fans went home happy in the home opener, at the Bear Den on Friday night, September 14th, with the Bruins scoring three power play goals against the Chiefs.
“It feels great to be able to come out and get a win against a talented team like Lakefield,” Bruins Head Coach Andrew Langlands told The Standard following the game. “This reinforces a lot of what we have been working on, and is great to show we are willing to put in the work in practice, we will see these results in the game. I’m really proud of the effort these guys have put in since we started training camp.”
Jackson Savery opened the scoring almost eight minutes into the game, with assists credited to Matt Hunter and Stefan Palatsidis. Almost 10 minutes later, Uxbridge doubled its lead on a power play goal by Palatsidis, when he converted a great pass from Cole Bremner.
The Chiefs emerged from the dressing room more determined in the second period, and cut into the Uxbridge lead less than three minutes into the middle frame. They would continue to pressure the Bruins throughout the second period, but were stymied several times by goaltender Ryan McConkey. With just over five minutes to play in the second, the Chiefs caught a break and tied the game 2-2 heading into the third period.
The final frame saw the intensity ratchet up another notch, with the rival clubs both working hard to control the play. The Bruins would take command of the game for good, with just over five minutes to play, when Justin Bennett found the back of the net on the powerplay, assisted by Savery and Palatdisis.
On Sunday evening, the Bruins made the farthest trip to the east of the season, for a match-up with the Gananoque Islanders of the Tod Division, as part of the new Eastern Conference interlock schedule.
In an unfamiliar atmosphere, with an unknown foe, the Bruins wasted little time establishing the lead, with Bennett scoring a power play goal, just over two minutes into the game, assisted by Palatdisis and Hunter.
The Islanders would battle back in their home opener, however, scoring late in the first period and less than five minutes into the third period, to escape with a 2-1 victory over Uxbridge.
- The Bruins are back in action at the Bear Den, on Friday night, September 21st, with the Port Hope Panthers in town for a 7:45 p.m. tilt.
- On Sunday, the Bruins are once again headed eastbound on the 401, traveling to Napanee to square off against the Raiders. It is shaping up to be a tough test for the Bruins, with Napanee winning their opening two games by a combined score of 18-2.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Little Britain Merchants will drop the puck on their 40th anniversary season with renewed optimism, this weekend with a pair of road games.
After a premature end to the campaign last season, the team will be back in action with a revamped bench staff and roster that features only a handful of returnees.
The Merchants open the 2018-19 Provincial Junior Hockey League season in Bancroft, on Saturday night, September 22nd with a match-up against the North Kawartha Knights. This is one of three neutral site meetings between the clubs this year, with games slated to be played in Oakwood and Haliburton later this year.
On Sunday evening, the Merchants will head east to square off with the Tod Division’s Amherstview Jets, as part of the new Eastern Conference interlock schedule between the Orr and Tod Divisions. This year, Orr Division teams will square off five times, while hosting their neighbours to the east, Amherstview, Campbellford, Gananoque, Napanee, Picton and Port Hope, for a home-and-home encounter.
The Merchants have been busy on the recruiting trail this off-season, with new head coach Steve Trumbull, assistant Colin McCoy and general manager Randy West scouring the province, in hopes of turning around the fortunes of the franchise.
The team has brought back goaltender Brett Chandler, defenceman Riley Young and forwards Jacob Danforth, Max Field and Michael Cox.
Among the notable newcomers are Cannington’s Cameron Robinson who comes over after spending the past three seasons with the OJHL’s Lindsay Muskies. Lindsay’s Alex Nicholaides, along with twin brother Cameron, and Uxbridge’s Bennett Britton join the team, after a successful season with the Central Ontario Wolves ‘AAA’ Midget team. Hulking blue liner, Jacob Toland was part of a provincial championship-winning team at Brooklin HS last season.
The Merchants open the home portion of their schedule next Saturday night, September 28th, in Oakwood against the Knights.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The annual Tyler Hanson Memorial Street Hockey tournament is returning to the Vos’ Independent parking lot in Port Perry next weekend.
The event will be held on Saturday, September 29th, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday, September 30th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The tournament was started after Tyler Hanson, a local hockey player, passed away at the age of 12, after a tragic accident in 2015.
“It just gives us a nice point to keep Tyler’s memory alive, and it also gives an opportunity for us to give back to the community, and as a way for the kids Tyler’s age to come together and play together as a team,” Tyler’s mother Adrianna Hanson told The Standard.
To compete in the annual tournament, a donation of $150 per team is required.
BBBSND Executive Director Margaret Ayres encourages people to form and register a team.
“Even if they come out the day of [the tournament], we will fit them in,” she said, adding they are hoping for at least 25 teams.
All proceeds raised at the tournament will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham and Sick Kids Pediatric Acute Care Team.
“It’s just a great community fun family event,” Ms. Ayres said.
As well as games, there will also be a barbecue run by Community Living Durham North.
For more information, such as how to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out their Facebook page titled ‘Tyler Hanson Memorial Street Hockey Event.’
Vos’ Independent is located at 1893 Scugog St., in Port Perry.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: You could hear the gold medals clinking against each other, as Victoria McDonald went up to receive her certificate, from Mayor Pat Molloy, when she was recognized at the September 10th, city council meeting.
Ms. McDonald had swept up, at the National Summer Games, in the swimming category, with two medals for individual and three for team swims.
“It was crazy beating those other girls,” Ms. McDonald said. “We’re from a small town.”
Small town or not, Ms. McDonald has been swimming since she was little, and has wrapped up what Mayor Molloy described as an “amazing swimming year.”
The National Summer Games celebrated their 50th anniversary, which only added to the honour of winning the medals, for Ms. McDonald.
The games took place in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Overall, there are nine sports in the games, including basketball, golf, softball, and swimming.
“I think that’s just amazing,” Regional Chair and former mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said. “Because I could drown in a bathtub.”
Leading up to the games, Ms. McDonald was doing four days a week of training in the pool, with one day on land, doing track training.
“Anyone who could achieve what you have done, deserves to be congratulated,” Regional Chair O’Connor said. “High representation for Ontario.”
“Victoria, you are a rock star,” Mayor Molloy said.
Now with five gold medals under her belt, in only three years of competing in swimming, Ms. McDonald has her eyes on Worlds Games.
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Charlie McDonald has been coordinating this event for the last thirty years in Lindsay, and is proud to state that over this time $458,000.00 has been raised for the fight against Cancer.
Next year Charlie will be handing over the reins of this event to friend Mario Mazziotti. Mario said, “I feel strongly [about] fighting against cancer and I want this run to stay in Lindsay. I also like the fact that Charlie's kids where my kids' age when he started. In some ways, it is a passing of the torch from Charlie and the McDonald family to me, and the Mazziotti family.”
The run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lindsay Recreation Complex, and Charlie and Mario are hoping for a good turnout. “We usually get about 100 runners per year,” said Mario. Participants can walk, run, jog, or bike the course. Mario concluded by saying, “Charlie has done an amazing job over the past 30 years and I have big shoes to fill. Charlie is a role model to me and I will work very hard to make this event last for many years to come. Thank you Charlie for your hard work with the Terry Fox run over the past 30 years, I will do my best to make you proud.”
The Terry Fox run has been held in Lindsay for the last 34 years, and will be held again this year on Sunday, September 16th.
All those who wish to participate and would like to get sponsor sheets and tips on finding sponsors, may go to the following contacts: website - Terryfox.org, or contact the Lindsay branch of the CIBC - 56 Kent Street, phone 705-878-2361, The Grand Experience Restaurant-171 Kent St. West, phone 705-878-2361, or at the Lindsay Recreation Complex at 133 Adelaide St. South.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Across the country, on Sunday, September 16th, people will be out participating in the annual Terry Fox Run and it will be no different in Port Perry and Uxbridge.
Participants can choose to walk, run or bike in any edition of the fundraiser.
The Port Perry run will begin at the fairgrounds, at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and then the event will begin at 9 a.m. Participants can choose either a 1, 5 or 10 kilometre course. A barbecue will follow.
Run organizer Elizabeth McArthur said the annual community run is not only “an opportunity to raise funds for cancer research” but also for people to “support their friends and family who have been diagnosed” and to “honour the people we’ve lost to cancer.”
“They’re all really important reasons people keep coming out each year,” Ms. McArthur said.
She also stressed the importance of people continuing to support the community run every year.
“This is the 25th consecutive Terry Fox Run in Scugog. I think it would be easy to become complacent, but we need to look at it from a different perspective and see that gains are being made all the time [in cancer research].”
Ms. McArthur’s fundraising goal remains the same as in past years, $1 from every resident in Scugog Township. She also said the importance of this event, to the community, is what keeps her continuing to organize it every year.
In Uxbridge, the run will begin at the bandshell in Elgin Park. People taking part in this local run can choose a 2.5, 5 or 10 km course. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the run will begin at 9 a.m.
“All money raised goes directly to cancer research,” organizer Maggie Ferraro told The Standard. “You know exactly where your money goes.”
She added that the annual run is a “great family event.”
Last year, the Uxbridge community run raised a total of $24,381.
“We are looking to match that or improve on that,” Ms. Ferraro said.
For more information, or to find a run, visit www.terryfox.org.