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Blackstock Arena was filled with fast paced games and great teamwork over the weekend.
In the Tyke division, Race Trac took Canadian Tire for the win by a score of 9-1. Race Trac’s goals came from Ryan Vernon (4), Brodie Bell (4), and Lawson Dalton. Canadian Tire’s lone goal was from Brendan Potter.
W.O. Insurance earned the win against Shagg’s 4-0 in the other Tyke match-up. W.O. Insurance’s goals were by Oscian Seguin (3) and David MacInnes.
J.F. Construction beat ChrisMcAuley.ca 5-3 in the Novice division. J.F. Construction’s Brandon Parrott (2), Isabella O’Donoghue (2) and Adam Davies scored, while ChrisMcAuley.ca’s Jordan King (2) and Adam Goble scored.
In other Novice action, Make-A-Wish won against Krown Rust 7-2. Cameron Cuzzilla (3), Oscian Seguin (2), Christopher Thomas and Ian Barkey scored for Make-A-Wish. Krown Rust’s goals were by Callum LePage.
There were high scores in the Atom division as EcoWater beat Buck’s Construx 14-6. EcoWater’s goals were from Brett Hanley (4), Hayden Piney (4), Dylan Hopmans (3), Aaron Waters and Leah Seeney. Buck’s Construx’ Cameron Yeo (3), Alexander Johnstone (2) and Joel Mitchel scored.
The scoring continued in the other Atom game of the weekend, as Port Perry Dental took the win against Low & Low by a final score of 8-6. Port Perry Dental’s Jacob Buchanan (4), Daymond Clark, Brodie Holmes, Cole Stephens ad Alex Waller scored. Low & Low’s goals were by Zeke Bailey (2), Alex Newhook (2), Aidan Lazure, and Connor Rogers.
In the PeeWee/Bantam Division, Cochrane Tree Service won against Practicar 6-2. Cochrane Tree Service had goals from Cameron Barkey (2), Emily Goble, Mari McDowell, Noah Michel and Owen Silcock. Practicar’s goals came from Robbie Boadway and Karrah Mulligan.
There were goals aplenty as Red Ribbon Restaurant toppled Urban Landscape 14-5 in the other PeeWee/Bantam affair. Red Ribbon Restaurant’s goals were from Nolan Savage (4), Jake LeClair (4), Shannon Arney (2), Hannah Buchanan, Kyler Cavan, Bethanie Holmes and Dallas King. Urban Landscape had goals from Owen Seguin (2), Carson Nozdryn, Katie Brown and Aidan Braband.
Luchka Float Service won against Denault 12-3 in a high scoring Midget game. Alex LaLonde (4), Benjamin Partington (3), Clay Larmer (3), Seiji DeLuca-Whiteman, and Clark Keenan scored for Luchka. Denault’s goals were by Sierra Frew, Jake Denault and Caleb Bolsonello.
The weekend wrapped up with Omnific Design beating All Flags Shell 9-6 in the other Midget tilt. Omnific Design’s goals came from Eric Kerr (5), Justin Tobin, Kain McIver, Julie Martin and Jacob Lee. All Flags Shell had goals from Cory Bray (4) and Corbin Davis-Turnbull (2).
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
There is a logjam behind them, but the Uxbridge Bruins maintained their position at the top of the COJHL table over the weekend, with a split decision in their match-ups.
The weekend began with an 8-0 melting of the Georgina Ice at Uxrena on Friday, Dec. 12.
Just over five minutes into the action on Friday, Shane Smith picked up a loose puck and fired a wrist shot from the slot through the goalie’s legs to bring teddy bears raining down from the stands, as the Bruins collected more than 100 stuffed animals in support of the Uxbridge Community Toy Drive.
“I’ve always considered myself more a defensive guy, but everyone likes to score goals, and that was a great one to score,” Smith told The Standard following the game. “Being from Uxbridge, and seeing the great support we always get from this town, it was really something to see our fans give back to the community like that.”
The Ice would threaten to score several times as the first period wore on, but were denied continuously by netminder Jake Joosten, who was making his second straight start between the pipes for the Bruins after backstopping the team to a win last Sunday in Apsley against the North Kawartha Knights.
Late in the period, with Owen Scuralli, Robert Freckelton, Alex Siblock, Thomas Sheedy, Connor Evans and Joosten all on the ice, Uxbridge boasted a lineup composed entirely of Uxbridge-raised players. They did a masterful job of keeping the Ice pinned down in their own end, and when they did mount a threat, Sheedy raced back to assist Evans in taking away a scoring chance from Justin Wain, one of Georgina’s top offensive threats.
The floodgates opened for the Bruins’ offence in the second period, with Uxbridge lighting the lamp four times to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
A pair of goals from Todd Winder led the way, with Jarett Smith and Daryl Thomson chipping in singles.
With just under nine minutes to play in the third, call-up Scuralli made it 6-0 in favour of Uxbridge, and just 41 seconds later, Winder completed his hat trick with a powerplay goal.
A powerplay goal from Siblick rounded out the scoring as Uxbridge cruised to an 8-0 win with Joosten rarely tested in the final 40 minutes after a busy opening period that kept the Ice at bay offensively, making a total of 27 saves over the course of the game.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that Joosten is the back-up,” Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson said of the 18-year-old Uxbridge native, who split last season between the Midget ‘A’ Uxbridge Stars and the Uxbridge SS Tigers. “He’s been absolutely positive and has really tried to learn as much as he can and really push himself in practice and I think he’s a better player for it.”
On Sunday, Dec. 14, the Bruins came up short as the Clarington Eagles broke a seven-game win streak for Uxbridge with a 3-1 win. Uxbridge’s dominance over the Eagles dated back to last year’s playoffs when the Bruins rallied for a dramatic victory after trailing three-games-to-one in the COJHL semi-finals.
Clarington took the lead just over five minutes into the action, before Freckelton notched the equalizer near the mid-point of the second period, assisted by Evans and Alex Williamson.
A late period push gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead with goals in the last 32 seconds of the frame from Jake Carter and Brad Down, the latter came with just one second left on the clock.
In the third period, the Bruins were unable to find the back of the net, as the Eagles moved to within a point of the Bruins for first place in the COJHL table, and are now tied with Port Perry at 36 points in the runner-up position.
- The lone game for the Bruins this weekend pits them in a Battle of North Durham, as the Port Perry MoJacks visit Uxrena for the final time this regular season at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19.
- As part of the festivities on Dec. 19, the Bruins will be hosting Community Living Durham North at the game.
- As of press time, the Bruins sit atop the COJHL table with 37 points, one ahead of Port Perry and Clarington. Lakefield sits fourth with 35 points and Little Britain lurks in fifth with 31 points.
- Following the holiday break, the Bruins are back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 30, as they look to bankrupt the Little Britain Merchants in a rare mid-week match-up at Uxrena, with the action getting underway at 7:45 p.m.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks channeled their inner Taylor Swift over the weekend, shaking off a recent three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Lakefield Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 14.
Although the MoJacks would concede an early goal, putting them behind 1-0 less than two minutes into the contest, they quickly survived a strong push from Lakefield, behind timely saves by goalie Blake Shaw, and sound defensive zone coverage from Andrew Crichton, Owen Bateman and Eric MacDonald.
Tood McNair, Ryan Nichols and Jeff St. Pierre were all buzzing in the offensive zone midway through the first, as they frustrated the Chiefs’ defensive corps with punishing physical play.
With just under four minutes to play in the first, Kyle Schweda chipped the puck ahead to Konrad Piorkowski, sending him in on a breakaway, and after a fabulous deke, he beat Wainman low to knot the game, and send donations of winter clothing flying from the stands at Scugog Arena, as part of the MoJacks’ annual ‘Wooly Toss’ in support of Operation Scugog. Seconds later, Piorkowski nearly struck again, but his shot was deflected wide and after twenty minutes, the score sat equal at 1-1.
The second period featured even more dazzling play between the pipes from Shaw, including a sensational pad save on a shorthanded two-on-none scoring chance by the Chiefs.
The MoJacks were able to grab the lead just over a minute into the third period, when Poiorkowski tipped a point shot by Bateman into the Lakefield net, with Graham Lamers also assisting on the play.
Just 39 seconds later, Piorkowski was hauled down on a shorthanded breakaway, and he converted the ensuing penalty shot to put Port Perry ahead by a score of 3-1.
Shaw remained sharp down the stretch, surviving several scoring chances by Lakefield to earn the 18-year-old Brooklin native his 11th victory of the campaign as he turned aside 27 of the 28 shots fired his way during the match.
Following the game, MoJacks Head Coach offered praise to Piorkowski and Shaw for the impressive performances.
“Konrad stepped up and played in a different role than normal this afternoon and produced a good 200-foot game. And Blake was really sharp in net, making some great saves - especially in the second period - that put us in a good position to grab these two points. That’s what you need in this league, is for your top guys to be your top guys and we definitely had that today,” Cornish told The Standard.
On Friday, Dec. 12, the MoJacks’ weekend got off to a sluggish start as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Clarington Eagles in Bowmanville.
After falling behind 1-0, the MoJacks would take a 2-1 lead in the second period behind goals from Evan Wasylyk and Lucas Clark, with St. Pierre, Schweda and Lamers earning assists. However, a late second period goal from Brodie Myers would equalize the match 2-2 heading into the third period.
Three goals for the Eagles would dig a hole the MoJacks could not claw their way out of, with a late unassisted powerplay goal from Schweda rounding out the scoring.
- On Friday, Dec. 19, the Battle of North Durham resumes with the MoJacks making their final appearance of the regular season in Uxbridge, as they tangle with the rival Bruins at 7:45 p.m. Currently, Port Perry holds a 3-1 advantage in the season series.
- The MoJacks will be without the services of fan favourite Lucas Clark for Friday night’s game in Uxbridge, after the 17-year-old forward was whistled for a misconduct penalty involving squirting an opponent with a water bottle on Friday night, resulting in a two-game suspension.
- Defenceman Liam Schweda continues to recover from an upper body injury, and is hopeful to return to the MoJacks’ lineup in the new year.
- Sunday afternoon, the MoJacks will be holding their annual Family Christmas game, with several prizes available for those in attendance when they take on the Georgina Ice at Scugog Arena, with the action getting underway at 2:25 p.m.
- Following the holiday break, the MoJacks will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 27, when they travel to Little Britain in the hopes of closing down the Merchants in a 7:30 p.m. tilt.
- On Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2:25 p.m., the MoJacks will host the North Kawartha Knights at Scugog Arena.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks fought valiantly through a pair of short-staffed contests last week, but couldn’t muster a win.
The MoJacks were looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday, Dec. 7, when they hosted the Clarington Eagles after dropping a 1-0 decision to the Chiefs in Lakefield, on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Through a scoreless first period against the Eagles, Port Perry benefitted from strong two-way performances by Kyle Schweda, Matt Doucette and Kyle Powell, but couldn’t provide goal scoring for netminder Jeff Julien.
Just past the mid-point of the second, a powerplay goal gave Clarington a 1-0 advantage. Luck was not on the MoJacks’ side just over three minutes later, when referees Matt Arbour and Matt Fergenbaum both missed that the net had been knocked off its moorings as the Eagles “scored” to take a 2-0 lead.
However, with just over three minutes to play in the second, Graham Lamers took advantage of superior puck movement between Powell and Ryan Nichols as he fired a wrist shot past Eagles goalie Tyler Caruna to draw the MoJacks to within a goal at the close of the middle frame.
There was an added sense of urgency for the MoJacks in the third period, with Schweda, Lucas Clark, Jeff St. Pierre, Nichols and Ryan Bernades all throwing their weight around in the offensive zone seeking the equalizer.
However, the offensive push would come up just short, and with under a minute left on the clock, former MoJack Brodie Myers netted an empty net goal to lift Clarington to a 3-1 win.
Following the game, MoJacks bench boss Clair Cornish noted that there had been bright spots during the match-up with the Eagles, but the team needed a more consistent effort to take home the win.
“We had spurts tonight where we played like the Mojacks, but there were also spurts where we watching them,” Cornish told The Standard. “The key is our guys need to continue to grow as a team and above all, working hard and skating for 60 minutes every game.”
- The MoJacks will be looking for revenge on Friday, Dec. 12, when they travel to Bowmanville to face-off with the Eagles at 8:20 p.m.
- On Sunday, Dec. 14, the MoJacks will be holding their annual ‘Wooly Toss’ collection of winter clothing (wrapped in a plastic bag) when they score their first goal of the game against the Lakefield Chiefs at Scugog Arena, with the action getting underway at 2:25 p.m.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
A pair of weekend wins have pushed the Uxbridge Bruins into first place in the COJHL standings, taking a one-point lead over the Port Perry MoJacks.
The Bruins entered their clash at Uxrena on Friday, Dec. 5 against the Clarington Eagles looking to get back on track after a 2-1 setback in Port Perry against the MoJacks the previous Sunday, that ended a run of five straight victories.
Almost three minutes into the second period, on Friday night Shane Smith picked up a loose puck following a near-miss by Todd Winder and circled through the offensive zone into the slot, where he beat Tyler Caruna high to give Uxbridge a 1-0 advantage. After several acrobatic saves by Francey, the Eagles finally notched the equalizer on the powerplay with just over five minutes to play in the middle stanza.
Early in the third period, Uxbridge had several sensational powerplay scoring chances turned aside, and shortly afterwards Francey made a dazzling save on Eagles forward Blane Gaudon to keep the game deadlocked. Despite a frantic finish to regulation time, both sides failed to find the back of the net, and overtime would be needed to determine a winner.
Less than two minutes into the extra frame, Marco Mastrangelo and Daryl Thomson combined for a great scoring chance, but couldn’t convert. Less than a minute later, Francey robbed Brodie Myers of a near-certain game winning goal.
With less than a minute left on the clock, and the game appearing to be set to go to a shootout, Jarett Smith powered into the offensive zone and had his shot turned aside, only to be picked up by Winder, who turned and found Connor Evans on the blue line. Smith would fight his way through heavy traffic to the front of the net to redirect Evans’ point shot past Caruna to lit Uxbridge to a hard fought 2-1 victory.
With the Eagles outshooting the Bruins by a margin of 50-29, there was little doubt in the mind of Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson that Francey had proved the difference in Uxbridge soaring over the Eagles.
“Francey was on fire tonight, seeing everything,” Hodgkinson told The Standard. “The benefit of having a veteran like him back there is that he knows what we need, when we need it, and it’s a great help to have his maturity and control back there.”
As well, with the Bruins’ defensive corps short-staffed with Jordan Nesbitt signing with the Tier II Junior ‘A’ Stouffville Spirit earlier in the week, coupled with the absence of Carter Vahey and Adam Bartholomew due to other commitments, the Bruins got great contributions from their blueliners throughout Friday night’s match-up.
Patrick Bolahood moved back after spending the first 21 games of the season at forward, and was a force down the stretch, blocking four shots and adding three takeaways during the third period.
“Bolahood came to us and said that he’d played defence at times in minor hockey and really stepped up for us. He showed a lot of great character in doing a job that he doesn’t normally do, and was a big part of this win tonight,” added Hodgkinson.
On Sunday, Dec. 7, the Bruins wrapped up the weekend with a trek to Apsley for an encounter with the expansion North Kawartha Knights, who sit at the foot of the COJHL table with just seven points on the season.
First period goals from Mastrangelo and Shane Smith pushed the Bruins to a 2-0 lead, with assists credited to Jarett Smith, Jason Simmonds, Bartholomew and Winder.
Thomson and Winder struck early in the second to put Uxbridge ahead 4-0 before a shorthanded goal from the Knights broke up Jake Joosten’s shutout bid. Mastrangelo would score his second of the night with less than a minute left in the middle frame to give Uxbridge a four-goal lead after 40 minutes.
North Kawartha netted the lone goal of the third period as Uxbridge rolled to a 5-2 victory.
- This Friday (Dec. 13) the Bruins will be holding their first-ever Teddy Bear toss in support of the Uxbridge Community Toy Drive when they take on the Georgina Ice at Uxrena, starting at 7:45 p.m. Bring a stuffed animal wrapped in a plastic bag, and when the Bruins score their first goal, fans are encouraged to toss their bears onto the ice in support of less-fortunate families in the community this holiday season.
- The Bruins will wrap up this coming weekend with a trip to Bowmanville on Sunday, Dec. 14, for a 6:50 p.m. tilt with the Eagles.
TARA FREW The Standard
SCUGOG: There were lively fans and great teamwork in the Blackstock arena this week. In the Tyke division, Race Trac beat W.O. Insurance 6-3. Race Trac’s Brodie Bell (3), Lawson Dalton (2) and Ryan Vernon scored. Bell also made one assist. Oscian Seguin (3) scored the W.O. Insurance goals with an assist by Myles Prusinski.
Shagg’s took Canadian Tire for the win 6-2. Sam Jackson (5) and Jimmy Lee scored the Shagg’s goals. Canadian Tire’s goals came from Brendan Potter and Harrison Probst.
The action continued with the Novice division as Krown Rust tied J.F. Construction 7-7. Krown Rust had goals by Kailyn Seguin (5) and Matthew Seeney (2). Assists were by Owen Belfry (2), Heidi Kileen, Callum LePage, Matthew Seeney and Kailyn Seguin. J F Construction’s goals were by Brandon Parrott (3), Isabella O’Donoghue and Kaine Richardson. Adam Davies (2) and Declan Morgan assisted. Chris McAuley.ca won against Make-A-Wish 7-1. Chris McAuley.ca’s goals came from Jordan King (3), Adam Goble (2), Aidan Elvin and Griffin McAuley. Cameron Cuzzilla was the goal scorer for Make-A-Wish.
It was a big win for Buck’s Construx in the Novice division as they beat Low & Low 11-1. Buck’s Construx’s goal scorers were Eric Byers (3), Cameron Yeo (3), Alexander Johnstone (2), Lucas Bradband (2), and Sam Byers. Assisting were Jamy Leslie Vernon (2), Cole Smith (2), Lucas Braband (2), Eric Byers, Sam Byers, Alexander Johnstone, and Hadley Malcolm. Low & Low’s goal was by Jacob MacLennan and assisted by Maya Malhotra.
Eco Water slide in for a win against Port Perry Dental 6-5. Eco Water had goals from Brett Hanley (3), Aaron Waters (2) and Hayden Piney. Piney (2) and Ginny Lee made assists. Port Perry Dental’s points were by Jacob Buchanan (2), Daymond Clark (2) and Brodie Holmes. Buchanan also made an assist.
Urban Landscape won against Cochrane Tree Service 3-1 in the Peewee /Bantam division. Urban Landscape’s Owen Seguin (2) and Katie Brown scored with assists by Kadin Martin and Carson Nozdryn. Cochrane Tree Service’s goal was unassisted from Cameron Barkey. Practicar took Red Ribbon Restaurant for the win 9-4. Practicar’s goals were from Troy Larmer (3), Karrah Mulligan (2), Tye Crouter (2), and Robbie Boadway (2). The assists were by Quinlan Cowie, Alex Cuzzilla, Jack Kehler, and Larmer. Red Ribbon Restaurant’s Jake LeClair (2) and Shannon Arney (2) scored with two assists from Hannah Buchanan.
Scores were close in both Midget games this week. Luchka Float Service won against Omnific Design 5-2. Alex Lalonde (2), Carter Lamb, Lane Horton and Sean Ashby scored for Luchka Float Service. Assists were by Clay Larmer and Lane Horton. Omnific Design’s goals were by Eric Kerr (2) with an assist from Travis Martin.
Denault beat All Flags Shell 5-3. Denault’s goals scorers were Michael Grieve (2), Jake Denault (2) and Caleb Bolsonello. Assisting were Taryn Duivesteyn, Sierra Frew and Benjamin Sargent. Tieson Wright (2) and Cory Bray scored for All Flags Shell. Making assists were Bray (2), Michael Bos, and Amber Nolet.
SHAWN LACKIE The Standard
SCUGOG: Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Georgina Ice defeated the Port Perry Mojacks in a shootout 5-4 (2-1 SO).
The shootout featured six attempts between both teams. Port Perry’s shootout goal was scored by Lucas Berkers. Georgina also got a shootout goal from Brett Theissen.
The Ice saw a two-goal lead disappear, but was able to secure the win in a shootout. Georgina made the score 5-3 on a goal by Justin Wainat 11:08 in the third period. The Mojacks evened things up at 3-3 on a goal by Matt McIntyre APM at 6:45 in the second period.
With three goals and one assist between them, McIntyre APM and Theissen teamed up to power the Ice’s offense. McIntyre APM racked up two goals and one assist and Theissen also added two goals.
Georgina forced Port Perry goalie Blake Shaw to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. The Ice bested their season scoring average. Georgina averages 2.8 goals per game.
Georgina also got points from Wain, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. More assists for Georgina came via Brett Thomson, Ryan Kernohan, and Derek Risebrough, who each chipped in one.
The Mojacks put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Ice to score on any of their five power plays. Port Perry’s offense rang up 37 shots on Georgina’s net.
The Mojacks were led by Jeff St. Pierre, who finished with two goals. St. Pierre scored the first of his two goals at 15:37 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Port Perry. Berkers provided the assist. St. Pierre’s next tally made the score 5-4 Georgina with 25 seconds left in the third period. Alex Carnevale assisted on the tally. Others who scored for Port Perry included Cole Murray and Lucas Clark, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Port Perry were Kyle Powell, Eric MacDonald, Ryan Bernardes, and Graham Lamers, who contributed one each.
The Ice’s Vincenzo Delia stopped 33 shots out of the 37 that he faced. Georgina incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Blake Shaw made 28 saves for Port Perry on 32 shots. The Mojacks incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. For Port Perry, Bernardes was ejected from the game.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks snapped a recent five-game winning streak for the Uxbridge Bruins with a 2-1 victory in the latest round of the Battle of North Durham at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Nov. 30.
The MoJacks’ win came just two days after their own recent nine-game winning streak was halted by the Georgina Ice in Keswick on Friday night in a 5-4 shootout loss.
The Bruins meanwhile, came into Sunday’s clash with their arch rivals from Port Perry just three points behind the league-leading MoJacks, and riding a five-game win streak following a 4-2 triumph over the North Kawartha Knights in Uxbridge on Friday, Nov. 28.
In the three prior meetings between the North Durham rivals this season, extra time was needed to determine a winner and Sunday’s meeting proved close right from the opening face off. Both sides matched each other step for step in the opening 20 minutes of Sunday’s match, with neither team able to find the back of the net.
The Bruins’ offence was dealt a blow with just over six minutes to play in the first period, when leading scorer Marco Mastrangelo was ejected after being whistled for checking from behind. This ended a 14-game streak in which the 20-year-old Stouffville native had registered a point, including 11-in-a-row with a goal.
A powerplay goal from Cole Murray gave Port Perry a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the second period, with Kyle Powell and Graham Lamers picking up assists on the play.
However, just past the midpoint of the second, the MoJacks lost a player due to a checking from behind penalty, when Konrad Piorkowski was shown the gate, ending the afternoon for Port Perry’s second leading scorer.
Uxbridge would equalize the match 1-1 on the ensuing powerplay when Carter Vahey beat MoJacks netminder Blake Shaw, assisted by Adam Bartholomew and Daryl Thomson.
Just over four minutes later though, Kyle Schweda would put the MoJacks back on top, when he parlayed a pass from fellow Port Perry native Lucas Clark past Uxbridge goalie Branden Francey.
There were numerous tense moments for the crowd of more than 200 on hand during the third period, with both sides submitting sensational scoring chances that were matched by equally impressive goaltending. Schweda second period score would hold up as the winner, as Port Perry took a three-games-to-one leading in the season series of the Battle of North Durham.
The MoJacks’ weekend began with the team needing last minute heroics from Jeff St. Pierre to salvage a point in Keswick against the Georgina Ice on Friday, Nov. 28.
First period goals from Murray, Clark and St. Pierre gave Port Perry a 3-1 advantage through the opening 20 minutes of action.
Georgina would cut the MoJacks’ lead to a single goal almost six minutes into the middle frame. Then , less than a minute later, Shaw stopped a penalty shot attempt by Matt McIntyre to keep Port Perry ahead. The lead would not last though, as the Ice tied knotted the game 3-3 with just over four minutes to play in the second, setting the stage for an entertaining third period.
An Ice goal with just under nine minutes to play gave the home side their first lead of the evening. However, the MoJacks continued to attack, and with just 25 seconds left on the clock, St. Pierre converted a pass from Alex Carnevale to send the game to overtime.
Both goaltenders denied scoring opportunities throughout the extra frame, sending the game to a shootout to determine a winner. Two Georgina shooters scored, while only Lucas Berkers could convert for the MoJacks, giving the Ice a 5-4 victory.
Meanwhile, in Uxbridge on Friday night, the Bruins were doing battle with the North Kawartha Knights.
After a scoreless first period, Alex Siblock gave the Bruins the lead with a perfectly placed wrist shot after getting a great pass out of the defensive zone from Jordan Nesbitt. Just 26 seconds later, Tyson Eastgate doubled Uxbridge’s lead, with Siblock and Mastrangelo notching assists.
With just 10 seconds remaining in the second and the Bruins on the powerplay, Vahey took advantage of the extra time and space as he found Mastrangelo down low, and he shoveled the puck over the goal line to put Uxbridge ahead by a score of 3-0.
The Bruins continued to control the play in the third period, until the Knights notched a powerplay goal with four-and-a-half minutes to play. Just over two minutes later, North Kawartha struck again, cutting Uxbridge’s lead to a single goal with just over two minutes left in regulation.
After several saves by Bruins goalie Jake Joosten in a frantic finish, Alex Williamson cleared the puck to Shane Smith, who outpaced a pair of defencemen before calmly depositing the puck into the empty net to seal a 4-2 victory for Uxbridge.
Following the game , Bruins bench boss Geoff Hodgkinson praised the play of the expansion Knights, in particular goalie James Hack who bore the brunt of the Uxbridge offence, as the Bruins outshot North Kawartha 51-21.
“They definitely caused us havoc at points tonight. I think they’ve found something in their goaltending and Hack is a special talent who’s given us a lot of trouble this year,” Hodgkinson told The Standard. “Possession wise, I thought that we controlled the play for most of the play tonight. When you’re in the driver’s seat in this league, you have to keep your foot on the pedal and I thought we let off a bit tonight and they were able to almost make us pay for it.
Bruins captain Vahey credited the team’s strong play of late to an influx of new talent, which was needed on Friday night, as Jarett Smith was helped off the ice in the first period after sliding awkwardly into the boards.
“We’ve had a few games so far this year when key guys were out, and younger guys have really stepped up with great contributions. They’re a hungry bunch that really want to play hockey and prove themselves at this level, and that enthusiasm rubs off on the veterans too.”
- The Bruins would like to thank all of the fans who donated to the Loaves and Fishes food bank through the Care-A-Van om Friday night.
- On Friday, Dec. 12, the Bruins will be holding a Teddy Bear Toss when they host the Georgina Ice.
- The MoJacks will be holding their annual Wooly Toss on Sunday, Dec. 14, when the Lakefield Chiefs visit Scugog Arena.
- It will be a quiet weekend for the MoJacks after a visit to Lakefield on Tuesday, Dec. 2 (after The Standard’s press deadline). In their lone game of the weekend, Port Perry plays host to the Clarington Eagles on Sunday, Dec. 7, with the action getting underway at 2:25 p.m.
- This weekend, the Bruins will entertain the Eagles in Uxbridge on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:45 p.m. They’ll hit the road on Sunday, Dec. 7, traveling to Apsley for 7:20 p.m. tilt with the Knights.