The Uxbirdge Bruins and Port Perry MoJacks will both enter Friday night’s ‘Battle of North Durham’ riding a wave of positive momentum after resilient performances from both clubs over the weekend.
The Bruins battled back against Clarington to salvage a single point in a 5-4 overtime loss in Bowmanville on Thursday, Nov. 12. The following night, the Bruins mauled the North Kawartha Knights, skating to a 7-1 win at the Bear Den.
The MoJacks saw their lead evaporate twice in Little Britain on Saturday, Nov. 14. Returning home to Scugog Arena for a rematch with the Merchants on Sunday afternoon, the MoJacks snapped their recent six-game winless drought at home with a 5-4 overtime win.
In their match-up against the Eagles on Thursday night, the Bruins saw a 3-2 lead slip away in the third period before a late goal from Nick Sribny (his second of the night) forced overtime, before Clarington escaped with a 5-4 win. Daryl Thomson and Brady Baker also scored for Uxbridge, as the Bruins put forth a tremendous effort after ejections to Baker, Coby Gardner and Tom Sheedy left the team short staffed.
The Bruins were able to shake off the result the next night back at home in Uxbridge, as they dominated the North Kawartha Knights en route to a 7-1 win. Captain Marco Mastrangelo led the way with three goals and two assists, with Daryl Thomson adding a goal and two helpers. Adam Bartholomew, Shane Smith and Jordan Nesbitt rounded out the Uxbridge goal scorers.
“It was just one of those nights where everything seemed to be going my way,” Mastrangelo told The Standard. “Having Thomson back has given us a real boost, and we have great chemistry playing together.”
On Sunday afternoon, the MoJacks were able to survive a late push by Little Britain to snap out of a six-game winless streak at home. Outstanding performances from some of their top offensive threats led to a Port Perry win in the second half of a weekend home-and-home affair with the Merchants.
Konrad Piorkowski netted the game-winner on a breakaway just over two minutes into overtime, with Ethan Ramsden, Lucas Berkers, Todd McNair and Lucas Clark scoring during regulation play.
“This was a gritty effort and I was pleased to see us battle through some adversity. We needed a win at home and we have to find a way to win one-goal games to be successful in this league,” MoJacks head coach Clair Cornish told The Standard.
- On Saturday night, MoJacks forward Kyle Schweda became just the 44th player in the past 30 years to suit up for 100 regular season games for the team. Through 18 games this season, the 21-year-old Port Perry native has chipped in with 15 points (4 goals and 11 assists).
“In his time since moving up from the Port Perry Predators, Kyle has become one of the best penalty killers in the league. We rely on his leadership on and off the ice,” commented Cornish.
- The MoJacks will take part in the annual Predator Day celebrations at Scugog Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21, hosting the Georgina Ice at 2:25 p.m. Any Port Perry Minor Hockey Player wearing their jersey will get into the game free of charge if accompanied by an adult.
- Chris Polito, Graham Lamers and Berkers scored for the MoJacks in Little Britain.
- The Bruins trek to Keswick on Sunday, Nov. 22, for a 3:30 p.m. match-up against the Ice.
- Through Dec. 18, the Bruins will be collecting toys at all home games for the Uxbridge Toy Drive.