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Port Perry’s Bill Kennedy skipped his team of Roy Faulkner, John Malloy, and Bob Byers to win the seventh annual St.Andrew’s Battle of the Clans Senior Mens Bonspiel at the Port Perry Curling Club. Kennedy scored big in his first game taking all ends and then took five ends in his second game on his way to a convincing win. Bob Kochan from Oshawa Golf finished second while Uxbridge’s Murray Ferguson finished third. Thanks to the Trading Post Quality Foods for their sponsorship of the event.
Tim Hortons Scugog Cup hits the
ice this Weekend
The Port Perry Curling Club will be hosting sixteen mens competitive teams at the eighth annual Scugog Cup Cash Spiel. The organizers are very pleased to welcome Tim Hortons Durham Region aboard as the event’s new title sponsor.
For most teams, this Ontario Curling Tour event is the last spiel on their competitive schedules, so their last opportunity to fine-tune their shotmaking before play downs start in early December. The competition will be fierce, with many local teams competing, including Uxbridge’s Rob Houston, Port Perry’s Don Beaton and Glenn Evans. Teams from North Bay, Grimsby, and Listowel are also making the trip. All will be competing for their share of the $8,000 prize purse.
Play starts Friday night and runs all weekend. Event Finals will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks extended their recent winning streak to nine games over the weekend, surviving a scare from Little Britain at home on Sunday, Nov. 23.
The MoJacks were victorious by a score of 3-2 over the Merchants at Scugog Arena, following a 6-0 win over the North Kawartha Knights in Apsley the previous evening.
On Saturday night, two goals from Ryan Bernardes, and singles from Kyle Powell and Graham Lamers gave the MoJacks a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.
Evan Wasylyk and Cole Murray scored in the final frame to wrap up a 6-0 shutout for Port Perry netminder Jeff Julien, who stopped all 25 shots fired his way by the COJHL expansion entry. Murray ended the night with four points, picking up a goal and three assists as the MoJacks won their eighth game in-a-row.
Less than 24 hours later, the MoJacks were back on the ice, taking on the Little Britain Merchants at Scugog Arena. The Merchants were riding high coming into the game, having knocked off Lakefield by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday night, before dispatching the Clarington Eagles 3-2 in Little Britain on Saturday night.
For the second straight game, Bernardes opened the scoring, lighting the lamp just over three minutes into the action. Hayden Long took advantage of a scrambling MoJacks’ defence to even the score almost five minutes later.
Wasylyk restored a one-goal lead for the MoJacks with just under eight minutes to play in the first period after a great pass from Konrad Piorkowski found him in front to bang the puck past Merchants goalie Garrett Haden.
Merchants forward Brady Martin provided a shift in momentum with just under two minutes to play in the first when he delivered a hip check that sent Steve Sampson flipping in the air before crashing to the ice. A retaliatory slashing penalty followed for the MoJacks winger, although Port Perry was able to escape the ordeal unscathed on the scoreboard.
Due to sensational play between the pipes from Haden and Julien, the second period produced no scoring. Haden made an acrobatic pad save on a short handed breakaway by Bernardes late in the keep the Merchants within a goal.
A shot from the point by Merchants defenceman Jesse Beers provided the equalizer just over three minutes into the third period. On the powerplay near the middle of the third, MoJacks captain Lucas Berkers was active along the blue line keeping several pucks in the offensive zone, but the MoJacks could not solve Haden.
The intensity picked up down the stretch with both teams vying for the go-ahead goal, which came with just over four minutes left in regulation, and Lucas Clark charging down the ice. After entering the offensive zone, Clark dished the puck to Kyle Schweda who was rushing into his left, the 20-year-old Port Perry native blasted the puck low to give the MoJacks a 3-2 lead. Schweda’s tenth goal of the campaign would hold up as the winner, propelling the MoJacks their ninth consecutive victory.
Following the game, MoJacks Assistant Coach Ken Cain credited the players’ resolve in leading the team to their longest winning streak since 2008.
“Guys are really buying in and believing in themselves, and we seem to be getting different contributors every night,” Cain told The Standard. “It’s not just about the streak, it’s about how we’re playing as a group. If our players are doing the things they’ve been taught, they get rewarded and they know that.”
Assistant Coach Casey vanSchagen added that the team has benefitted from a positive environment and also noted the improvement in skill level in the league since his time with his hometown MoJacks in the late 1990s.
“The mentality in this league about where it is and where it’s going has really changed and every team has a lot of talented guys that you have to prepare for,” vanSchagen said. “We’ve been trying to create a good atmosphere and for their part, the guys are enjoying coming to the rink and having fun.”
Although his team fell just short of a win on the afternoon, Merchants Head Coach Rob Louttit noted that he was pleased with the effort put forth by his charges during a busy week for the Shopkeepers.
“I’d love to have won, but I’m really happy with our effort in this one. If every game was like today, I’d take it everytime,” the Merchants’ bench boss told The Standard following the game.
- Defenceman Liam Schweda is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks after suffering an upper body injury.
- On Dec. 14, the MoJacks will be hosting their annual ‘Wooly Toss’ when they take on the Lakefield Chiefs at Scugog Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring along winter clothing (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves etc.) in a plastic bag to be thrown on the ice when the MoJacks score their first goal. All donations collected will benefit Operation Scugog.
- This weekend, the MoJacks will be in Keswick on Friday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. to take on the Georgina Ice. On Sunday, Nov. 30, the MoJacks host the latest round in the Battle of North Durham when the arch rival Uxbridge Bruins visit Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. showdown. With all three games between the clubs this season going to extra time, this is one match-up local fans won’t want to miss.
The Uxbridge Bruins heated up this past weekend, melting the Georgina Ice in both games of a home-and-home series.
The Bruins rode the outstanding offence generated by the line of Jarett Smith, Marco Mastrangelo and Tyson Eastgate to a 7-3 win in Uxbridge on Friday, Nov. 21. And on Sunday, Nov. 23, downed the Ice in Sutton by a final score of 6-1.
Friday night’s encounter started with a hostile environment on the ice as both sides looked for a physical advantage early. As well, there were fantastic scoring chances at both ends of the ice, but neither side could find the back of the net through 20 minutes of play.
Mastrangelo got the Bruins on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal almost four minutes into the second period when he banked the puck in off of an Ice defenceman’s skate with a shot from behind the net.
However, almost four minutes later, the Ice would take advantage of heavy traffic in front of the Bruins’ net to equalize the match at 1-1.
Just 28 seconds later, excellent vision by Carter Vahey allowed the Bruins’ captain to thread the puck through the offensive zone and onto the stick of Mastrangelo at the corner of the net, and he would slip the puck into the net before Ice netminder Vincenzo D’Elia could slide across the crease.
A shorthanded goal from Tyson Eastgate, as well as a hat trick-finishing tally from Mastrangelo pushed Uxbridge to a three-goal lead before a late Georgina goal cut the Bruins’ advantage to 4-2 as the teams retired to the dressing room following the second period.
Eastgate scored again early in the third, followed by Mastrangelo’s fourth of the night to give Uxbridge a commanding 6-2 lead.
With just over two minutes to play, the Ice cut into the Bruins’ lead, but Eastgate fired a shorthanded empty net goal from near Leaskdale to round out the scoring, as Uxbridge cruised to a 7-3 victory, with goalie Branden Francey earning his eighth win of the season.
Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson was pleased with the effort put forth by his entire team, especially the trio of Jarett Smith, Mastrangelo and Eastgate.
“We did a little bit of line shuffling this week looking for something different up front,” Hodgkinson told The Standard. “We got really good production from Jarett Smith, Mastrangelo and Eastgate. As a staff, we thought they could use the grit that Eastgate brings, and I’d say it worked out tonight. We also got great contributions from a lot of other guys that opened up opportunities for us to be in a good position tonight.”
Sunday afternoon, the Bruins were looking to make it three wins in-a-row as they renewed hostilities with the Ice in Sutton.
A powerplay goal from former Bruin Brandon Basler gave the Ice an early edge. But, just two minutes later, Mastrangelo replied with a powerplay marker of his own to tie the game.
Just over five minutes into the second period, Eastgate scored to put the Bruins ahead. And, after another four minutes of action, Shane Smith scored, with assists credited to Alex Williamson and Dylan Locke. Jordan Nesbitt would follow with another goal just eight seconds later to swell the Bruins’ lead to 4-1.
Less than a minute into the third period, Daryl Thomson converted a pass from Vahey into his ninth goal of the season. And, with time winding down in the game, Robert Freckelton rounded out the scoring, assisted by Alex Siblock and Nesbitt to secure the 6-1 win for the Bruins. Jake Joosten stopped 22 of 23 shots for the win in net for Uxbridge.
Mastrangelo extended his point streak to 12 games over the weekend, including nine straight games with a goal. The 20-year-old Stouffville native explained that he has benefitted from excellent teammates and growth in his role with the team over the past three years leading up to his impressive recent stretch.
“For the most part, I just try and keep my game simple and stay consistent,” Mastrangelo said. “My teammates have done a great job of finding me the puck and it’s led to some great chances. I feel like I’ve always had this offensive ability, and tried to work hard at developing a better all-round game early in my Bruins’ career to allow me to contribute at both ends of the ice.”
- The Bruins swung a pair of deals last week. First, the team dealt defenceman Matt Pollard to the Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Junior ‘A’ Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for Liam Knoll, an Uxbridge product who had been toiling with the Wildcats.
The 18-year-old resident of Coppins Corners split last season between the Uxbridge S.S. Tigers and the Clarington Toros ‘AAA’ Midgets, as well as appearing in two games with the Bruins.
“I feel like I have a built-in chemistry with a lot of these guys playing in Uxbridge all these years. And being up north I feel made me a more responsible defender and now I’m more able to make a good first pass out of our zone and help to generate offence off defence,” Knoll told The Standard.
- In their other roster move of the weekend, the Bruins sent defenceman Kyle Molinnus to the Port Hope Panthers for future considerations.
- On Friday, Nov. 28, the Bruins will be hosting the Care-A-Van, and will be collected donations in support of the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank when they take on the North Kawartha Knights at 7:45 p.m.
- On Sunday, the Bruins head to Port Perry for the latest round in the Battle of North Durham, squaring off against the league-leading MoJacks at 2:25 p.m.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: A group of local children and their parents were given a life-changing opportunity this hockey season - the chance to take part and play hockey for the first time, complete with skating lessons and head-to-toe gear outfitting.
Thanks to The First Shift program, which is put on by Bauer and Hockey Canada, kids and their families can ease into the sport of hockey in a fun and friendly environment. The program begins with a Welcome Event, which offers information and fun activities that help build kids’ confidence, and make them more comfortable in the hockey environment.
For a one-time fee of $199, children are given six on ice sessions - one per week on the same day, at the same time to make it convenient for parents to schedule. The focus for the on-ice sessions is fun, teaching kids basic skating and fundamental hockey skills through play.
Part of a multi-year commitment from Bauer and Hockey Canada, The First Shift is a national plan, which will roll out across Canada. Beginning this fall, 32 minor hockey associations across Canada, such as the Port Perry Minor Hockey Association, have been selected to host The First Shift program for local youth. Based on demand, future programs are anticipated for hundreds of associations in the coming seasons.
This program brought smiles and bonding to the faces of the families who took part, and aimed to break down barriers of entry, by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun.
To learn more about The First Shift, visit: www.thefirstshift.ca. For program information, or to learn more about the Port Perry Minor Hockey Association, please contact Raymond Paton - VP Development for Port Perry Minor Hockey - by e-mail at vpdev@PortPerryMinorHockey.ca.
Scugog Township gathered on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 13 to pay tribute to its’ athletes and induct four new members into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame. Top left, Murray Parliament, GM of Port Perry MoJacks entered the builder category. Top right, the 72-73 OMHA Bantam ‘C’ Champs ‘The Big Red Machine’ entered the team category. Bottom left, Carol Jackson, multi-sport athlete and curling ace. Bottom right, Clair Cornish, hockey player and coach of the MoJacks, with family.
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TARA FREW Special to The Standard
The Blackstock Minor Hockey League had another exciting week at the rink, with great games across all divisions.
The action for the tyke division began with W.O. Insurance beating Canadian Tire 11-9. W.O. Insurance’s goals were by Oscian Seguin (10) and Charlotte Frew. Canadian Tire’s goal scorers were Brendan Potter (4), Harrison Probst (3) and Nolan Keith (2). Potter also added one assist.
Shagg’s slid in for a 9-8 win against Race Trac. Shagg’s goals came from Sammy Jackson (6), Maeve Hamill, Travis Jolicoeur and Jimmy Lee. Brock Joyce, Joanna Waller and Jackson earned assists. Race Trac’s goals were from Ryan Vernon (5), Brodie Bell (2) and Caleb Green. Assists were by Ryan Vernon and Logan Dalton.
The action continued with J.F. Construction beating Make-A-Wish 4-3 in the Novice division. J.F. Construction’s Adam Davies (3) and Isabella O’Donoghue scored. Cameron Cuzzilla (2) and Oscian Seguin scored, with Sully Vaughan adding two assists for Make-A-Wish.
ChrisMcAuley.ca won against Krown Rust 8-4. ChrisMcAuley.ca goals were from Jordan King (3), Adam Goble (2), Aidan Elvin (2) and Griffin McAuley, with assists by King (2), Tyler Malarczuk (2) and Spencer Park. Krown Rust’s Owen Chaikosky (2), Owen Belfry and Nicholas Ostafichuk scored. Matthew Seeney, Becca Bailey and Chaikosky earned assists.
In the Atom division, Eco Water won against Low & Low 6-5. Eco Water’s Brett Hanley (5) and Leah Seeney scored. Assists were from Seeney (2), James Shier and Hanley. Low & Low goal scorers were Connor Rogers (3), Jacob MacLennan and Zeke Bailey. Bailey (3), Owen Towpyma (2) and Evan Hussey had assists.
Port Perry Dental took Buck’s Construx for the win by a score of 7-4. Port Perry Dental’s Daymond Clark (5) and Jacob Buchanan (2) scored, with Buchanan adding an assist. Buck’s Construx goals were from Eric Byers (2), Alexander Johnstone and Cameron Yeo, with an assist from Joel Michel.
Practicar beat Urban Landscape 5-4 in the PeeWee/Bantam division. Practicar’s Karrah Mulligan (2), Kael Williams, Troy Larmer and Jesse Gaudet scored goals. Assists were credited to Mulligan, Larmer and Gaudet. Urban Landscape’s Owen Seguin scored all four goals, with two assists from Dylan Tobin.
Red Ribbon Restaurant and Cochrane Tree Service tied 5-5 in the other PeeWee/Bantam match-up. Red Ribbon Restaurant’s Shannon Arney (2), Jake LeClair, Nolan Savage and Jacob Buchanan scored. LeClair and Arney also made assists. Cochrane Tree Service’s Owen Silcock (2), Noah Michel, Mari McDowell and Emily Goble scored.
In the Midget division, Denault earned the win against Omnific Design by a score of 8-6. Denault’s Michael Grieve (3), Michael Bos (2) Caleb Bolsonello (2) and Carter Lamb scored. Bos (2), Grieve (2), Bolsonello and Lamb had assists. Omnific Design had goals by Eric Kerr (4), Travis Martin and Tyler Schillings. Assists came from Mikayla Tefertshofer, Jacob Lee and Kerr.
In a high-scoring Midget division game, All Flags Shell beat Luchka Float Service 11-10. All Flags Shell goals were from Michael Bos (4), Michael Grieve (4) and Cory Bray (3). Assisting were Bos (3), Ryan McCourt (2), and Bray. Luchka Float Service had goals by Alex Lalonde (7), Carter Lamb (2) and Lane Horton. Assisting were Sean Ashby (2), Lalonde (2), Lamb and Horton.
MoJacks goaltender Blake Shaw denies an attempt by Uxbridge’s Connor Evans during Port Perry’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Bruins on Friday, Nov. 14, in another thrilling game between the North Durham rivals.
Photo credit: Dynamic Designs Special to The Standard
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
Local hockey fans were treated to another thrilling chapter in the Battle of North Durham in Uxbridge on Friday, Nov. 14, as the Port Perry MoJacks skated to a 3-2 shootout victory over the rival Bruins.
The game began with an energetic pace, with great scoring chances turned aside at both ends of the ice, as Bruins goalie Branden Francey and his Port Perry counterpart Blake Shaw made several sensational saves to keep the score knotted at 0-0 through 20 minutes of play.
The Bruins took the lead just over six minutes into the second period, when a clearing attempt ended up on the stick of Marco Mastrangelo, and he fired a wrist shot high past Shaw.
Just over three minutes later, Todd Winder made a strong impression in his season debut with his hometown club, after his release from the Junior ‘A’ Aurora Tigers when jammed a loose puck past Shaw to double the Bruins’ lead.
The Bruins appeared primed to take a 2-0 lead into the dressing room, but with just two seconds left in the middle frame, Graham Lamers tipped in a point shot from Liam Schweda to bring the MoJacks to within a goal heading into the third period.
Port Perry would tie the game near the mid-point of the third period when, after a near-miss on a breakaway moments earlier, Lamers circled back to the front of the net, and redirected a pass from Lucas Clark past Francey to equalize the game at 2-2.
Despite remarkable opportunities down the stretch for both sides, as has been the case in all three meetings between the North Durham rivals this season, the game would need extra time to determine a winner.
With a powerplay to open overtime, Uxbridge controlled the action in the early portion of the extra frame, but could not solve Shaw.
Then, with Uxbridge serving a penalty near the midway point of the overtime period, Francey would use every available inch of the net in denying a scoring chance by Konrad Piorkowski.
After 65 minutes of play, the teams remained tied, sending the game to a shootout. MoJacks captain Lucas Berkers would net the lone goal of the shootout to earn Port Perry a 3-2 comeback win, as for the third time this season, the visitor skated to victory in the Battle of North Durham.
Following the game, MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish noted that the team had risen to the occasion when it counted against their North Durham rivals.
“We showed good character tonight and were able to fight back after we regained our form in the second period, and later we were able to capitalize on a powerplay situation” Cornish told The Standard.
On Sunday, Nov. 16, the MoJacks were back in action at Scugog Arena, with the Lakefield Chiefs in town.
The Chiefs would jump out to a 2-0 lead, before a powerplay goal from Lamers. The MoJacks’ offence would take charge in the second period, as the home side outscored the Chiefs 6-1 in the middle frame to take a 7-3 lead.
Piorkowski netted a hat trick to go along with singles from Lucas Clark, Ryan Bernardes and a successful penalty shot from Kyle Schweda. Cole Murray scored the lone goal of the third to push Port Perry to an 8-3 victory, with Shaw turning aside 22 shots to pick up his league-leading ninth win of the season.
Meanwhile, the Bruins wrapped up their weekend with a trip to Bowmanville on Sunday, Nov. 16 to tangle with the Clarington Eagles.
The Bruins would feast on the Eagles en route to a 5-1 victory, with Branden Francey stopping 36 shots to earn the win between the pipes for Uxbridge.
An unassisted goal by Marco Mastrangelo opened the scoring almost 13 minutes into the action, and a pair of second period goals by Tyson Eastgate pushed the Bruins to a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Eagles would break up Francey’s shutout bid in the third, but powerplay goals from Winder and Connor Evans rounded out the scoring as Uxbridge rolled to victory.
With two goals in his first two games with the club, Uxbridge native Winder is blending in well with his hometown club, and was excited about the opportunity when speaking with The Standard.
“It’s good to be back, there are 10 other guys from Uxbridge, and I was able to play a few games with the Bruins last year so there’s some good chemistry here for sure,” Winder said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to bring some skill to the lineup, and contribute playmaking and goal scoring.”
As well, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson was excited about the skill set that the 5’11” 155 lb. forward brings to the team.
“Our offence seemed to have dried up a bit over the past three weeks, and it was nice to have Todd and Shane Smith in our lineup, because we’re looking for a spark,” Hodgkinson told The Standard. “It’s crucial to try and find depth in this league, and bringing these guys back may push good players down to the fourth line, but it should allow us to play our fourth line more.”
- The Bruins will be holding a Teddy Bear Toss Night on Friday, Dec. 12, when they take on the Georgina Ice. The Bruins are also currently collecting new, unwrapped toys in support of the Uxbridge Community Toy Drive.
- Look for the Bruins in the Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 11 a.m.
- With a pair of goals over the weekend, Mastrangelo pushed his recent point streak to ten games, including goals in the past seven games played.
- This weekend, Port Perry looks to build on their seven-game winning streak when they travel to Apsley on Saturday, Nov. 22, for a 7:20 p.m. match-up against the North Kawartha Knights. On Sunday, Nov. 23, the MoJacks are back in action at Scugog Arena, when they take on the Little Britain Merchants at 2:25 p.m.
- The Bruins will be looking to melt the Georgina Ice in a weekend home-and-home. On Friday, Nov. 21, the two sides meet in Uxbridge at 7:45 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 23, will resume hostilities in Sutton at 3:20 p.m. Uxbridge wraps up a busy stretch on Tuesday, Nov. 25, travelling to Lakefield for a 7:30 p.m. encounter with the Chiefs.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins needed nearly every second of their match-up against the North Kawartha Knights on Saturday, Nov. 8 to come away with a win, as Daryl Thomson scored with just 15 seconds remaining to give the Bruins a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in Apsley.
The Bruins would fall behind 1-0 through the first period. But, Marco Mastrangelo would tie the game, with an assist credited to Korey Brand, almost eight minutes into the second period.
The teams would trade chances in the third period, and the game appeared headed for extra time before Thomson converted a pass from Connor Evans into the winning goal. Uxbridge product Jake Joosten earned his third victory of the season in goal for the Bruins.
The win on Saturday night came on the heels of a 3-1 loss at home against the Lakefield Chiefs on Friday, Nov. 7.
Mastrangelo had the Bruins’ lone goal, assisted by Evans and Jarett Smith.
- The Bruins will host the latest round in ‘The Battle of North Durham’ on Friday, Nov. 14, when the Port Perry MoJacks visit Uxrena at 7:45 p.m.
- On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Bruins will be travelling to Bowmanville for a 6:50 p.m. match-up against the Clarington Eagles.
- Starting on Friday night, the Bruins will be accepting donations for the annual Uxbridge Community Toy Drive, which runs throughout the Holiday Season.