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Ty Dellandrea was officially named to Team Canada Red this past week, as the Port Perry resident and former Uxbridge S.S. student prepares to compete alongside the top young hockey players from across the globe at the World Under-17 Challenge.
The action in the Under-17s kicks off from Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday, Oct. 30th, with Dellandrea’s Team Canada Red squad battling Finland at Noon. The tournament continues on the evening of the 31st, with a 7:30 p.m. match-up against Sweden. The round-robin portion of the tournament concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 1st, with Dellandrea and Canada Red in action against Russia at 4 p.m. The knockout portion begins on Thursday, with the bronze and gold medal games slated for Saturday, Nov. 5th.
The tournament features a trio of Canadian entries - Team Canada Red, White and Black - squaring off against the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
Dellandrea is currently in his rookie season with the Flint Firebirds, following his fifth overall selection in April. Through the Firebirds’ first 10 games of the season, Dellandrea has registered 8 points (4 goals and 4 assists).
Local fans should take note that on Friday, Nov. 25th, Dellandrea makes his return to Durham Region with the Firebirds, to tangle with the Oshawa Generals.
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A pair of weekend wins allowed the Port Perry MoJacks to extend their franchise-best start to a season. With victories over the Little Britain Merchants and Lakefield Chiefs, the MoJacks are now unbeaten in their first 11 Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) contests.
The back-to-back victories began on Saturday night (Oct. 22nd), with a trip to Little Britain, and a 6-2 win over the Merchants.
Goals from Konrad Piorkowski, Ben Sheremeta and Mitch Gustavsen pushed Port Perry to a 3-0 lead, early in the second period. It looked as though the MoJacks were going to carry that resounding margin into the third period, until Aidan Renouf got the Merchants on the scoreboard, with just 18 seconds left in the middle frame.
Runoff brought the Merchants to within a goal just 41 seconds into the third period, but that would be as close as Little Britain would get. After several close calls, the MoJacks rolled in the final eight minutes of the game, sending three pucks into the Merchants’ net, to skate away with a 6-2 win.
On Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena, there was little time for rest for the MoJacks, as they hosted the second-place Lakefield Chiefs, who were sitting just two points behind Port Perry in the PJHL Orr Division standings.
The MoJacks showed no signs of fatigue in the early portion of the match, roaring to a 4-0 advantage in the first 11 minutes of the game, led by a pair from Graham Lamers and singles from Bubba McCullough and Toby Cooper.
Lakefield would break up Jordan Lebel’s shutout bid early in the second period, but Chris Polito restored Port Perry’s four-goal lead late in the frame. The Chiefs noted another goal early in the third to round out the scoring in Port Perry’s 6-2 victory.
There was plenty of exciting PJHL action in Uxbridge on Friday night, with the Merchants visiting the Bear Den for the first time this season. Both sides were looking to get back on track following losses, providing for an intense match-up between the rivals. The two sides would battle back-and-forth throughout the evening, ultimately needing overtime to settle the Bruins’ 3-2 victory.
Coby Gardner gave the Bruins an early lead, scoring his second of the campaign just over a minute into the action. The lead would not last long however, with Mitch Brown taking advantage of extra time-and-space, as the Merchants enjoyed a powerplay, he finished off an excellent passing play between Jesse Craig and Billy Finney, to knot the game 1-1, through 20 minutes of play.
Both sides had great chances to score in the middle frame, but were stymied by outstanding goal-tending from Uxbridge’s Jake Joosten and his Merchant counterpart Chadd Callaghan.
Just over three minutes into the third period, Max Field notched his first career junior hockey goal to lift the Merchants to a 2-1 advantage. But, the lead would be short-lived, when Damien Heinle and Aiden Reilly overwhelmed the opposition with speed, leading to the tying goal just 36 seconds later.
Both goalies continued to make sensational saves down the stretch, keeping the game all square at 2-2 through the end of regulation, sending the game to overtime. It wouldn’t take long to settle on a winner, with both sides trading tremendous scoring chances, early in the extra frame. Adam Bartholomew’s breakaway goal, 47 seconds into overtime, gave the Bruins the two points, handing Uxbridge their third straight win on home ice.
Another chapter will be written in ‘The Battle of North Durham’, on Friday, Oct. 28th, with Port Perry heading east to tangle with the archival Bruins in Uxbridge, starting at 7:45 p.m.
The Merchants entertain the Clarington Eagles in Little Britain, at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday night.
The Bruins will be making a Saturday night visit to Apsley to take on the North Kawartha Knights, with the action getting underway at 7:25 p.m.
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LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies were finally able to win a big game, in a hard fought 3-1 victory over the East Division leading Whitby Fury.
The Fury came into the match having won seven straight, while the Muskies only had one win to show for the season.
Although the first period almost finished scoreless the Fury dominated the shot clock. At the 17:25 minute mark, of a period in which the Fury fired 17 shots at Sean Green, the Fury got on the board on a goal by Shane Bull. The assists went to Scot Kirton and Patrick Demaio. Despite being outshot 17-5, the Muskies found themselves only down by one after the first period.
In the second the Muskies were outshot again, but not outscored. Newly acquired Jake Dale, having come over from North York, playing in his first game as a Muskie, scored his first OJHL goal, from Noah Dollo and Brett Poulin, at 2:23. Muskies Captain, Cam Lamport, put the Fish up by two at 12:13, from Cole Robbins and Dayton Kent. Then just 17 seconds later Dollo slipped an unassisted marker past a shocked Logan Gauthier. The goal was Dolloès 3rd of the season.
The Muskies don’t have a lot of experience defending third period leads this year, and the task was made tougher, as they had to defend a long two man advantage for Whitby, early in the third. The puck didn’t seem to leave the Muskies zone for most of the period, but a solid performance from Green in goal kept the period scoreless, despite being outshot 17-7 in the period.
After the game I had a chance to speak to a few of the jubilant players. First year Captain Cam Lamport said the losing has been really tough, but the team has to just keep trying to win battles. “We had a big chat after last night’s game (an 8-3 loss in Kingston), and we know we can play with anybody if we work our hardest.” He also says he is enjoying his first year as Captain. “It’s fun to help the younger guys”, he said with a grin.
Jake Dale was also 'all smiles', after his first game as a Muskie produced his first OJHL goal. When asked about the goal he smiled and said, “the puck just kind of came to be and I banged home the rebound”. He says he feels being signed by the Muskies is a good thing. “I feel I will have more of a chance to contribute here”, said the Whitby native.
In addition, Sean Green was equally happy about the big game, and was quick to credit his defenders. “The guys kept it easy for me tonight, they kept the shots to the outside, and blocked a lot of shots”. When asked what he thought the team did differently tonight, he said they stuck to the game plan all night. “We’re not a finesse team, we just kept grinding”.
Head Coach Dan West looked relieved after the game. “It was a full team effort tonight, but Green was phenomenal. The kids just battled hard all night”.
The next match for the Muskies is Sunday afternoon, when they host the Pickering Panthers.
Immediately following the game, the team will host a free 'Skate With The Muskies', in which young and old alike are invited to join the team on the ice, for a chance meet their favourite players, and get an autograph or a picture.
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LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies missed an excellent opportunity to move up in the standings Sunday afternoon, falling to the Pickering Panthers by a score of 5-1.
The game was actually much closer than the score would indicate, as Pickering really put the game away with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
The game started off with a good flow each way. Sean Green in the Lindsay net was called upon to make the first big save, stopping Anthony Stavrou on a clear breakaway. The save turned out to be a big one, as soon after Ryan Smith scored his third of the year, from Braydon Leeking and Dayton Kent, at 9:37. Not long after though, the Panthers drew even on a power play, when Tiger McDonald picked off a clearing pass and fired it through a crowd past the Muskie net minder.
The second period featured scoring chances at both ends, and as the period wore on you got the feeling that the next goal would be big. It went to Pickering at the 19:33 mark of the period. It was scored by Russell Nowry, from Anthony Stavrou, and Davis Kuksis.
In the third period the Muskies pressed hard for the elusive tying goal, but Graham Schropp in the Panther goal was having none of it. The Muskies enjoyed a power play early in the period that generated some good pressure, but no goal. Green then made a huge pad save to give his team hope, then Brock Traill broke in alone on a short handed breakaway which was denied.
The back breaker came with only 2:39 left on the clock, when Nowry was set up for a tap in from Stavrou and Kuksis. The Muskies then pulled the goalie for an extra attacker, but the plan backfired, when Nowry completed his hat trick, at 18:08. Just to add insult to injury, Davis Teigen-Katsumi ripped a blast past Green, to make the final 5-1, at 18:17. Tempers flared over, with just over a minute left, as Braydon Leeking, Dayton Kent, Brendan Charlton, and Mitchell Degray were all involved in fights.
The next game for the Muskies is Friday night, when they host the Aurora Tigers.
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NORTH DURHAM: It was another thrilling edition of the ‘Battle of North Durham’ at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, Oct. 16th, as the Port Perry MoJacks staged a dramatic comeback from a three goal deficit, to score a 5-4 victory against the rival Uxbridge Bruins, to extend their season-opening nine-game winning streak alive.
The Bruins struck early in Sunday’s matinee, with Jack Schnalzer, Brady Baker and Damien Heinle giving the visitors a three-goal lead less than ten minutes into the action, before a power play goal from Lucas Berkers got the MoJacks on the board.
The second period saw great chances from both sides, with Cole Murray drawing Port Perry to within one, with just over a minute remaining in the middle stanza.
The MoJacks continued to roll in the third period, tying the game on an early power play goal by Mitch Gustavsen. Almost four minutes after knotting the game, the MoJacks took their first lead, on Konrad Piorkowski’s 8th goal of the season.
However, the home side’s advantage would be short-lived, as Schnalzer fired home his second of the afternoon just 22 seconds later, setting up a furious finish to the action. After seven minutes of tense back-and-forth action, Murray netted his second goal of the game, to again lift the MoJacks into the lead, and would prove to be the winner as Jacob Lebel scored the win in goal for Port Perry, to extend their lead atop the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s (PJHL) Orr Division.
The weekend began on a brighter note for the Bruins, with Uxbridge scoring their second straight win, at the Bear Den on Friday, Oct. 14th, mauling the Clarington Eagles by a score of 3-1.
After falling behind 1-0 through 20 minutes of play, Uxbridge roared back to take the lead in the second period, after a power play strike from Derek Dolan, and Marshall Lockhart’s first goal of the season.
Jake Joosten continued his strong play in the third period for the Bruins, turning aside everything the Eagles through at him in the crease, making 37 saves over the course of the evening. Just over two minutes into the final frame, Jackson Evans’ first-career goal for his hometown Bruins provided Uxbridge with an insurance marker.
Despite high scores in both games over the weekend, the Little Britain Merchants were denied any points in the games against the Georgina Ice and Lakefield Chiefs.
The goals came early and often, in the Merchants’ 8-5 loss to the Ice in Keswick, on Friday night. Jordan Sharpe paced the Little Britain offence with a pair of goals, and singles were credited to Aiden Renouf, Ryan Shaw and Evan Wasylyk.
Back on home ice on Saturday night, the Merchants were done in, by three third-period-goals from Lakefield, as the Chiefs rallied to score a 6-4 victory, with the final goal fired into an empty net.
A pair of goals from Renouf gave Little Britain a two-goal lead, less than eight minutes into the action.
Mac West and Riley Young lit the lamp for the home side in the second, balancing out a pair of goals from Lakefield.
The third period belonged to the Chiefs, as the visitors scored three goals to claw their way back and shoplift two points from the Merchants.
- Both sides will be looking to get back on track, when the Merchants make their first trip of the season to the Bear Den on Friday night, tangling Uxbridge at 7:45 p.m.
- Little Britain will look to put the brakes on Port Perry’s unbeaten start to the PJHL season on Saturday night, with the MoJacks in Little Britain for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.
- The MoJacks will be back on home ice at Scugog Arena, for a 2:25 p.m. matinee against Lakefield.
- Uxbridge will host a rare Tuesday night match-up on Oct. 25, as the Bruins bring the heat against the Georgina Ice in a 7:45 p.m. match-up.
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SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Jim Walker has owned some good harness horses over the years, and one of the best is the two-year-old trotting colt, Mass Production, who won his $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final this past Saturday night, at Mohawk Racetrack.
Walker, who co-owns the talented colt with trainer/driver Rick Zeron, Bruno Dipoce and Rene Allard, admitted after the race he was quite anxious, because a few of the other starters in the race had lost their footing and made breaks.
“There was some stuff going on that makes you wince, and you’re hoping that your horse can stay out of the trouble, or not have anybody run into him or make a break; all those things are possible with two-year-old trotters,” Walker noted.
He didn’t need to worry. His colt was sure footed throughout the mile and won impressively, with more than eight lengths on his closest rival. The time of 1:54.4 set an all time OSS record.
“It was great, we enjoyed it all year. He won three of the five Golds (the highest level race in the OSS) and this, there’s nothing more you could ask for in an Ontario Sired horse; it’s a great program,” Walker added.
A son of Muscle Mass, Mass Production won a total of five of nine starts this year for earnings of $285,000 in the season. Not bad for a $32,000 investment last year, when the colt was a yearling.
The horse’s trainer and driver, veteran Rick Zeron, said after the race, they realized before Mass Production made his first start this year, he was a special horse, and they brought him along carefully. “We’re looking forward for big things with him next year,” he said.
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LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies hosted the Markham Royals, on Friday night in Lindsay, and when the dust settled the Royals skated away with a 5-1 victory.
The first period featured a few good chances, most of them going to the Royals, but it was the Muskies that enjoyed a 4 minute power play early in the game. The Muskies did not score on that opportunity. At 12:49, while short handed again, Markham found themselves on a 2 on 1 break that Rylee St. Onge converted into a 1-0 lead. The goal was set up by Sam Hu. Muskies defender Braeden Kublick nearly tied the match late in the period, beating Markham goalie Marcus Semiao, but not beating the goalpost.
The Royals increased their lead to 2-0 at 10:49, when a long point shot got through a crowd and beat Muskies starting goalie, Rock Boynton. Jonathan Tecce scored the goal with St. Onge, and Hu getting the assists. The Muskies finally got on the board, when a Kyle Diamond centering attempt found the back of the goal at 13:57. Cole Robbins, and Cam Lamport got the helpers, and moments later the Muskies very nearly tied the game, when a Brock Traill short handed attempt went just over the crossbar. Bad luck bit the Fish just before the end of the period. A Muskies break was stopped by Semiao, and he got the puck up to Douglas Carter, who broke in alone and scored at 19:24 to make it 3-1. In the last seconds of the period Boynton came up big, stopping another breakaway attempt.
At the 5:15 mark of the third, any hopes of a Muskie comeback were dashed, by a controversial goal off the skate of Josh Hardiman. One referee behind the goal signalled a good goal, but the second referee skated in right away to talk it over. After a short discussion the goal stood. Laine MacKay was awarded the lone assist. At 14;12 A Muskie turnover led to the last goal. Hudson Michaelis, from Lucas Condotta, and Brett Ouderkirk was the scoring play rounding out the 5-1 score.
Despite the team’s slow start to the season, rookie Noah Dollo has been off to a great start. The Minden native has picked up 2 goals, and 6 assists over the first 11 games, including a 4 point night last Friday against Pickering. Although he is off to a strong start he is feeling the frustration that the team is, early on. “Sometimes the room gets quiet after a loss. We just need to keep communicating out there and get some bounces”, said Dollo. Prior to joining the Muskies, he played AAA in Clarington, and high school hockey in Haliburton.
The Muskies don’t have much time to dwell on the loss, as they are right back at it Saturday night, in Georgetown.
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SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Ty Dellandrea will be representing Canada, against the top young hockey players in the world, at next week’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie.
Surviving through an extensive process that began in July, with 111 of the country’s top 16-year-old hockey players taking part in a week-long development camp, last week Dellandrea was announced as one of the 66 players chosen by Hockey Canada, to don the maple leaf at the upcoming competition, seen as a precursor for many, of the future stars of the the annual World Junior Hockey Championships.
“I’m honoured to be selected to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Challenge,” Dellandrea commented through social media.
This week, the Canadian contingent will be split into three squads; Team Canada White, Red and Black, which will square off against the top young players from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for gold.
“These are the 66 best players in the country who are, by-and-large, making their first appearance in international competition, as part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. They have been selected not only based on their current ability, but also on their potential to represent Canada at under-18 and junior competition in the coming years,” Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams for Hockey Canada, said in a press release. “This is a skilled group of high-performers with long-term international potential, and we look forward to working with them at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and in the future.”
Check next week’s Standard, for a full schedule of Dellandrea’s games at the competition.
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The Lindsay Muskies headed into the Tiger’s Den Sunday night, looking to build on Friday nights victory, but in the end the Tigers took a bite out of the Fish to the tune of 6-1.
It had been a long time since I’ve taken in a game at the Aurora Community Center, and I had forgotten just how small the ice surface is there. It seems like the players are always in a corner, but it does make for fast transitions and a fast end to end game.
Early on, the Muskies came out with a lot of pressure, and it paid off when Dayton Kent notched his 4th of the season, sliding one past Brayden Lachance, just 1:42 in. Brock Traill and Cam Lamport were awarded the assists on the play. It didn’t take long though for the Tigers to draw even, when Risvan Mansurov put one past Sean Green from in close, on a power play at 4:12. Lachance came up big moments later, stopping Kyle Diamond on a partial breakaway, and although the Tigers rang one off the post later. There was no more scoring in the first.
At 6:16 of the second, it appeared that a skating Noah Dollo was being held up from getting into the play, allowing Evan Spencer to make it 2-1 with Domenico Argento assisting. Next it was Green’s turn to come up big, stopping a Tiger breakaway, keeping his team in the game, but he didn’t have a chance at 9:03, when Eric Holland finished off a nice passing play, putting a backhand shot over Green’s glove. Mel Melconian got the helper on that one.
Throughout the period, each team continued to generate scoring chances, but hopes for a Muskie’s comeback were dealt a blow at 17:52, when Konner McMillan found himself all alone for a tap in, from Mansurov and Kyle Berry, making it 4-1 at the end of the second.
Mansurov’s second of the night, from Spencer and Louis Mahakis, made it 5-1 at 7:40 of the third. Then Spencer’s second of the game, from Argento and Berry, on a two man advantage, rounded out the scoring.
The Muskies are now off until Friday night, when they host the Markham Royals.
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The Central Ontario Wolves continue to sit in first place in the ETA East Division with a 5-2-2 record, but will be looking to get back to their winning ways following a 1-1-1 split in last week’s ETA action.
The Wolves opened a busy stretch a week ago, with a 5-2 victory over the North Central Predators, on home ice at Scugog Arena. Uxbridge's Troy Bowditch paced the Wolves with a pair of goals, with singles credited to Patrick Goan, James White and Justin Yakimishyn. Tyler Masternak made several sensational saves in net, when the Predators tried to claw their way back into the match-up.
In their next game, the Wolves settled for a 2-2 tie against the Ajax-Pickering Raiders, in a rare Thursday night game, at Scugog Arena.
The Wolves roared out of the gate, looking to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign, on home ice. First period goals by, Flint Firebirds’ draft choice, Owen Smith, and Bowditch, propelled Central Ontario to a two-goal lead, at the first intermission.
However, the Raiders would take advantage of opportunities, with goals in the second and third to tie the game. Despite Uxbridge's Darcy Haupt submitting sensational fore-checking, leading to some great chances late, the Wolves could not solve the Raiders goal-tending. And at the other end of the ice, Creed Jones continued his strong start to the season, with some timely stops to guarantee not a single point for the Wolves.
On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves wrapped up their Thanksgiving stretch with a trip to Markham, and a hard-luck 3-0 loss to the undefeated Waxers, who are jockeying for position atop the ETA’s West Division with the Raiders. Strong defensive play in the first, including some outstanding plays by Uxbridge's Ben Addison and Blackstock's Josh Anderson, coupled with outstanding saves from Masternak, kept the game scoreless through the first period. But that would be as close as Central Ontario would get, with Markham netting a single, early in the second and a pair of third period goals to take the two points, making it three to nothing.
Following the Tuesday, Oct. 11th match-up, against the Quinte Red Devils (after our deadline), the Wolves will have a brief break from ETA competition, returning to Scugog Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, when they take on the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs, at 7 p.m.
There are no gate fees for the Wolves' and they provide the most affordable family entertainment in North Durham, with the number-eight ranked team in the country, bringing elite 'AAA' to the community.
Bring the whole family and pack the barn on Oct. 25th!