J. WALLY NESBITT Special to The Standard
The final race date has been checked off of the calendar, and with 2018 now in the record books there are some local drivers who have a well-deserved reason to celebrate.
Coming from the Mini Stock and Late Model ranks of Peterborough Speedway, Blackstock’s Cory Horner made the leap into the ultra-competitive OSCAAR Modified open wheel division. This year, riding a record of two feature race victories, coupled with 11 heat race wins, Horner entered the season finale at the Autumn Colours Classic weekend in Peterborough, holding a slight point advantage over rival John Harper.
“It’s a little closer than I would like to see it,” admitted Horner. “The secret at the Colours is to survive and be in a position to push at the end.”
In the 50 lap Modified feature, Horner did indeed survive and finished in a close runner-up spot behind winner Kelly Balson, while Harper was forced to pit with a flat tire, with only eight laps remaining in the feature contest, effectively ruining his title hopes.
The second place finish was sufficient to earn Horner the 2018 OSCAAR Modified championship.
Another Blackstock-area driver had reason to celebrate following the 26th annual Autumn Colours Classic.
Over the course of a record-setting 2018 Peterborough Speedway season, Ryan Oosterholt managed to secure, not one, not two, but three class championships, claiming the crowns in the Renegade Truck, Mini Stock and Bone Stock divisions. To cap off the season, the 28-year-old also notched his first Autumn Colours victory, taking the checkered flag in the Bone Stock feature, at the wheel of the No. 57 Alma Mechanical/Denise Park-RBC/ Farm Bro Racing machine.
Staying on the oval track theme, for the third consecutive year, Greenbank’s Jody Bound dominated the Outlaw Midget field, winning nine of the 12 races on the calendar, to claim his third series championship in a row. At the Autumn Colours event, with his own Larry’s Small Engines/ Midas of Orangeville/ Weatherill Performance Parts car ‘tucked away for repairs”, Bound found a seat in Robin McLean’s No. 18 back-up mount and raced to a runner-up result, behind rookie Jordan Howse.
2018 marked a year of change for John Hansen, as the Uxbridge driver upped his game and modified his No. 30 RMP Competizione BMW, to compete in the T-1 class in the CASC-OR regional road racing GT Sprints series. Solid consistent finishes allowed Hansen to outscore drivers of more powerful cars in the final tally, as he earned his fourth GT class championship.
Although they only managed to claim one victory on the 13 date NASCAR Pinty’s Series tour this year, Stouffville’s Ed Hakonson Racing made a major impression with an NPS rookie driver. With Cole Powell at the wheel of the No. 3 Copp’s Buildall/ Kubota/ Choko Motorsports Chevy, the win came on the tight oval at Saskatoon, and this accomplishment, coupled with eight top five and 10 top 10 finishes, gave the team a fourth place finish in the final rankings. Third place in the order had been virtually assured, but was lost only due to DJ Kennington’s victory in the season finale.
While he may not have won any races this year, or had been a championship contender, note must be made of the achievements of Austin Riley.
Following up on our Wheels report from last month, Riley, who lives with Autism, returned to the track, for the Fall Classic at Circuit Mont Tremblant, and guided his No. 20, Racing with Autism/ Lincoln Electric Nissan Micra, to a pair of eighth place finishes. Despite missing the two races at Trois Rivieres, the 18-year-old Uxbridge resident ended the season in ninth place in the standings, outscoring many more experienced drivers.
These racers, along with their motorsport counterparts, will now have a chance to relax, reflect, and plan for next year, pondering what it will take to match or better this year’s performances. One can only hope we witness the same type of success when we compile the 2019 review.
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UXBRIDGE: In their lone game of the Thanksgiving weekend, on Friday night, October 5th, the Uxbridge Bruins rolled to a 10-1 victory over their Orr Division rivals, the Georgina Ice, to maintain a perfect start to the season at The Bear Den.
First period goals from Travis Buxcey, Matthew Hunter, Robert Freckelton and Aiden Reilly paced Uxbridge to a 4-0 lead.
The Uxbridge offence continued to roll in the second period, with Cameron Moffitt, Buxcey and Justin Bennett all lighting the lamp. The Ice would score their lone goal of the night in the second period, to make the score 7-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The third period saw Bennett score his second of the night, a pair of goals from our new team captain Reilly, as he sealed a hat trick.
In goal for the Bruins, Jacob Gordon turned aside 26 of 27 Georgina shots, to earn his second straight victory at The Bear Den.
Last week, the Bruins named veteran forward Aiden Reilly team captain for the 2018-19 PJHL season.
The Ajax native is heading into his fifth season with the team, after joining the Bruins prior to the 2014-15 campaign, following a season in the GTHL with the Toronto Titans 'AAA' Midgets, subsequent to graduating from the Ajax-Pickering Raiders.
"We had seen him early on, and liked his skill set and the way he attacked at both ends of the ice. We were confident that he could grow into a dynamic player at this level," Bruins head coach Andrew Langlands recalled. "He worked for everything he's got at this level, and we're thrilled to be able to reward him for all of his dedication to the program with the 'C' this season."
Over the course of his career, Reilly has taken his place among the Orr Division's premier two-way forwards, routinely bringing crowds at The Bear Den to its feet, with thunderous hits and highlight reel goals. He would lead Uxbridge in scoring, with a team-high 25 goals and 19 assists in 38 games played last year.
"This is a tremendous honour for me to be able to serve as captain this season. This program has had a lot of great players over the years and it's an unbelievable thrill to be able to know that I'm able to lead this team and its fans as the captain," Reilly said. "The fans in Uxbridge have treated me so well over the past five years, and hopefully we can pay that back this season with an exciting and successful year."
• Next Friday, October 12th, the Bruins are back in action at The Bear Den, with the Tod Division's Picton Pirates in town, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up.
• On Thursday night, the Bruins are in Bowmanville for the first time this year, taking on their Orr Division rivals the Clarington Eagles.
• On Sunday afternoon, October 14th, the Bruins make their first trip of the year across Reach Rd. to Scugog Arena, to square off in a 'Battle of North Durham', with the rival Port Perry MoJacks, at 2:25 p.m.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: It was a winning Thanksgiving weekend for the Port Perry MoJacks, as they were able to defeat the Little Britain Merchants and Port Hope Panthers.
It took the MoJacks until the last second of overtime to beat the Little Britain Merchants, in Little Britain, on Saturday, October 6th.
Port Perry got on the board first in that game. Almost 12 minutes into the first period, Simon Feig scored. However, in the second period, the Merchants struck twice to take the lead.
Almost eight minutes into the final frame, Derek Risebrough got the game tying goal and the game headed to overtime.
With only a second left on the board, MoJack captain Dan Harris scored the game winning goal, giving Port Perry their fourth win of the season.
The MoJacks then headed home to Scugog Arena to face the Panthers, on Sunday, October 7th, the first regular season battle of the Ports.
It didn’t take Port Perry long to get on the board. Under five minutes into the first period, Spencer Robinson made a nice move to maneuver the puck around the outstretched pad of the Port Hope goaltender and into the net. About nine and a half minutes later, Owen Hurtibese wired a wrist shot past Port Hope’s goalie, giving the MoJacks a two-goal lead. However, with less than two minutes remaining in the first frame, Port Hope scored to cut the MoJacks’ lead in half.
The MoJacks dominated the second period. A bit over four minutes in, a Carter Thornton shot came to Owen Matthews who tapped it into the back of the net squeaking it past the Panthers goalie. A bit over two minutes later, Tye Stewart scored a power play goal, giving the MoJacks a 4-1 lead. Then, just under 10 minutes in, Carter Thornton found himself on a breakaway and scored a short handed goal, further extending Port Perry’s lead. A little less than a minute and a half later, Erik Van Drunen scored, and Port Perry had a 6-1 lead. With 42 seconds left on the clock, Port Hope scored again, however Simon Feig scored before the period ending horn blew, and the MoJacks carried a 7-2 lead into the third period.
Carter Thornton scored twice in the third, giving him a hat trick, and Noah Donaghy also put the puck in the net, and the MoJacks won the game by a final score of 10-2.
After the game, MoJack head coach Tom Boyle said he felt the MoJacks played a solid game against Port Hope.
“I thought the boys played well for a full 60 [minutes] today. I thought our feet were moving, we made some good plays, good puck support all over the ice. They played probably one of the better games of our season. It was definitely a good full team effort,” he said.
Carter Thornton was named the MoJacks player of the game against Port Hope on Sunday
The MoJacks will be looking to defeat the North Kawartha Knights, for the first time this season, on Saturday, October 13th, after losing 4-3 and 3-2 against them earlier this season. The game will be in North Kawartha, at 7:25 p.m.
The MoJacks next home game at Scugog Arena is Sunday, October 14th, at 2:25 p.m., against their rival, the Uxbridge Bruins.
(NC) Nights are getting colder and the days are getting shorter, signaling the inevitable arrival of winter. When the temperature drops to 7°C consistently overnight it’s time to start winter car prep and brace for the snow, slush and ice.
For most drivers, this often means switching all-season tires for winters. But there is another option to consider as well — all-weather tires.
What is the difference? The primary differences between all season, all weather and winter tires are the rubber compounds used to build the tires, and the design of the biting edges and siping for traction, water and snow evacuation.
In Canada, a typical all-season tire performs optimally during the most temperate months of April-September, because when the average temperature hits 7°C point, the rubber compounds in all-season tires harden, reducing traction and braking ability.
All-weather tires are designed with a more flexible rubber compound and are marked with the universal three-peak mountain snowflake symbol like winter tires. In comparison to all-season tires, all-weathers offer increased traction and control in cold conditions. They can be used year-round with no changeover, offering the added benefit of not having to store an extra set. They are best for drivers in milder winter climates, and not recommended for those who drive in areas that experience considerably colder temperatures and snow squalls.
“Designed to handle driving conditions through all four seasons, all-weather tires are becoming increasingly popular, as their flexibility and design benefit a variety of drivers and driving preferences,” explains Darryl Croft, OK Tire automotive expert.
Winter tires are your best bet if you drive in an area that experiences frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall throughout the season, as they give you the most control on icy, snow-covered roads. They are designed with a special rubber compound that is formulated to stay soft and flexible in temperatures below 7°C. Furthermore, they have two to three times the number of sipes than conventional all-weather tires, providing hundreds of extra biting edges for better traction.
What to look for when shopping for the best tire for your driving habits, look for the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, which is located on the tire sidewall. This symbol means the tires meet Transport Canada specific snow traction performance requirements and are designed for use in snow and cold conditions.
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The Lindsay Muskies ran into a hot goaltender early on, they got a little sloppy in the third period, falling to the Toronto Patriots by a score of 4-2 Friday night in Lindsay.
Things started off well enough for the Fish. They dominated for long periods of time in the first period and built a 2-0 lead on the strength of two power play goals. Braydon Leeking scored his 3rd of the season by redirecting a Brendan Tomilson point shot past Jesse Hodgson, at 6:15, with the other assist going to Nick Lund. Noah Vadervinne scored a very similar goal, at 12:26, tipping in a Brandon Carr-Ansah shot, with the second assist going to Curtis Trolley.
The Patriots quickly answered back though, when Aleks Dimovski finished a nice three way passing play, by beating Dean Buchholz in the Lindsay goal, at 14:20. Evan Benwell and Kevin Weaver-Vitale were credited with the assists.
The Muskies finished the period strongly but were unable to get another on past Hodgson.
The same pattern carried on early in the second. The Muskies had at least two clear breakaways that they were not able to capitalize on. Then, Leeking connected perfectly, with a hard shot from just in front of the goal, only to be denied by the glove hand of Hodgson. After that point the Patriots seemed to gain some momentum, and, at 9:44, Nicholas Favaro tied the game at 2-2, after having taken advantage of Lindsay’s failure to clear a puck. Benwell grabbed his second assist of the night on that one.
It was anybody’s game heading into the third, Cole Burtch put the Patriots on top 3-2, at 2:38, from Dirk Stadig and Justin Nolet. In fact the Muskies didn’t register a shot for the first half of the third period, as Toronto tightened up their checking. When the Muskies did get chances, Hodgson shut the door. A penalty, with just under three minutes left to play, put the Muskies behind the eight ball. They almost had the penalty killed off but Dimovski’s second of the night, from Ty Gilberds, put the game on ice.
After the game, Head Coach Dan West said unfortunately the game was very similar to one week ago, when the Muskies had a good effort get away on them in the end. “We just had too many turnovers,” said West, reflecting after the game. “We started well, but just did not finish plays, when we could have put it away”.
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It was a bit of a shootout at the OK Corral Friday night between the Lindsay Muskies and the Mississauga Chargers, with the visitors coming out on top by a score of 6-5.
The game was a back and forth affair all night long. The Chargers grabbed the first goal at 10:40 on a power play when Devlin Shanahan poked home a bouncing puck. The Muskies would tie the game up though at 16:52 when Noah Pardy picked up his first OJHL goal from Brennan Stapleton.
The Chargers retook the lead early in the second period when Brandon Yeamans broke in alone and beat Blake Curran in the Lindsay goal with the helpers going to Kyle Lewis and Nicholas Aromatario at 1:06. The Muskies power play drew the team even again at the 5:00 mark when Noah Vandervinne scored with a two man advantage. That goal was Vandervinne’s 2nd of the season and was assisted by Nick Lund. Just 1:34 later Braydon Leeking put the Muskies ahead in his first game back with the team with Kalvyn Watson credited for setting up the goal. The Charger’s power play struck again though at 11:55 to tie the game at 3-3 when Paul Violo scored from Lewis, and Mathew Ceolin. Penalties and turnovers dogged the Muskies all night and the Chargers took advantage of another power play at 13:13 when Connor Cruickshank scored from Yeamans, and Lewis. The goals continued to come when Brandon Carr-Ansah floated a shot from the point that got through a crowd and tied the game at 4-4 from Watson at 17:34. With a delayed penalty coming to Lindsay at 19:29, Yeamans made the Fish pay again when he put Mississauga up 5-4 from Ceolin, but incredibly the Muskies fought back one more time to tie the game at 5-5 when Nick Lund scored his team leading 4th goal of the season from Curtis Trolley with just 8 seconds left in the period.
For all the scoring that took place in the second there was only one goal in the third and unfortunately, for the home fans, it was scored by Kyle Lewis from Yeamans at 7:03. The Muskies were never really able to mount much of an offense and eventually the clock just ran out on them.
Head Coach Dan West was not happy with his club’s effort at the end of the game, describing it as a sloppy match, and a big missed opportunity. The Muskies are off until Thursday night when they travel to Kingston.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Heading into her senior season at Robert Morris University, Blackstock’s Kirsten Welsh, will be part of history for the Colonials after recently being named one of three team captains.
The Robert Morris women's hockey team went in a different direction when choosing its captain for the 2018-19 season, under head coach Paul Colontino. Welsh, along with fellow defender Maggie LaGue and senior forward Amber Rennie have been named tri-captains. Collectively, the three upperclassmen are the eighth, ninth and tenth different captains of the Colontino era at RMU.
“We feel like we have such strong leadership from so many people on our team, particularly in our senior class," Colontino, who is entering his eighth season with the Colonials, said in a press release. "To be able to do something like this as a coach is, honestly, a huge luxury. We think, having this setup will alleviate one single person from carrying a heavy load by having multiple people sharing the duties."
Welsh, a graduate of Port Perry High School, who also attended Cartwright High School, concluded her junior season as the program's all-time top scorer among defenders, with 28 goals, 50 assists and 78 points in 105 games with the Colonials, helping the team to a pair of conference championships.
A former team captain for the Port Perry H.S. Rebels, the 5'11" Port Perry Predators and Whitby Jr. Wolves product rung up 12 goals in 2017-18, setting a new Robert Morris mark for single-season tallies by a defender, and her 30 points over 32 games in '17-'18 put her in a fifth-place tie among all NCAA blue-liners.
This past weekend, Welsh helped the team to a dramatic first win of the 2018-19 season, scoring an overtime winner against St. Lawrence.
With that tally, the 29th of her career, she took sole possession of tenth place on the school's all-time goal-scoring list.
"I can't take credit for that play. That play was solely our team," Welsh said. "We just had strong passes and a good breakout, and we kept pressuring them. We were on them for a good two minutes. Jay got it to the point, and I ripped it, but honestly, that wouldn't even have been a goal without all our hard work.”
The Colonials are back in action this weekend with a road trip against Clarkson. The closest the team comes to the area is the CHA conference tournament in Buffalo, from March 6th to 8th, 2019.
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The Uxbridge Bruins improved their record to 4 wins and 2 losses early in the 2018-19 PJHL season, with weekend wins over the Gananoque Islanders and Amherstview Jets in a pair of Eastern Conference interlock match-ups
The Bruins continued their perfect record at the Bear Den, to start the 2018-19 PJHL season, on Friday night, Sept. 28th with a 6-4 victory over the Gananoque Islanders.
Goals by Jackson Savery and Justin Bennett gave Uxbridge a 2-1 lead at the end of the 1st period.
The second period saw Uxbridge's lead grow to 5-2, on goals from Cameron Moffitt, Daniel Giorgio and Savery.
The Islanders drew within a goal in the 3rd period, but timely saves by Jacob Gordon kept the Bruins ahead, as he picked up his first career PJHL win, with Savery completing his hat trick late in the game, to provide insurance for the Bruins.
On Sunday night, Uxbridge posted their first road win of the campaign, defeating the Amherstview Jets by a final score of 6-2.
Cameron Moffitt's powerplay goal gave the Bruins the lead, just past the midway point of the first period.
Second period goals by Matthew Hunter and Jackson Savery pushed Uxbridge's advantage to 3-0, through 40 minutes of play.
The Jets would draw within a goal, after scoring twice in the early stages of the third period. However, Uxbridge would not be denied on this night, rolling with three goals in the final 10 minutes, to seal the victory. Savery, recently acquired Jake Dale, and Robert Freckelton all lit the lamp for the Bruins in the final frame. Ryan McConkey was sharp between the pipes for Uxbridge, turning aside 33 shots fired his way by the Jets.
The Bruins added more experience to their line-up recently, bringing in forward Jake Dale. The 20-year-old veteran of the Junior ‘A’ ranks casts an imposing figure in front of the net, at 6’2” and 210 lbs. After graduating from the Central Ontario Wolves ‘AAA’ program, he has spent time with the North York Rangers, Lindsay Muskies and Whitby Fury. His addition gives the Bruins the maximum of four additions this season, with more than two-years experience at a higher level of junior hockey.
This coming weekend, the Bruins are back in action at The Bear Den on Friday night (Oct. 5th) when they host the Georgina Ice at 7:45 p.m.
After a break for Thanksgiving weekend, the Bruins are back in action next Thursday night in Bowmanville against the Clarington Eagles.
The Uxbridge organization would like to extend a melancholy happy trails to Port Perry’s John Harman, a longtime supporter of junior hockey in North Durham and MoJacks executive member who passed away recently. For decades, John was a regular attendee at games on the west side of Lake Ridge Rd. The club offers our compassionate thoughts to his family, he will be greatly missed by the local hockey community. A celebration of John’s life will take place this Saturday, Oct. 6th at the Prince Albert Hall, from 1 to 4 p.m.
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SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks earned a split in their most recent weekend games, downing the Georgina Ice before falling to the North Kawartha Knights.
The MoJacks blew out the Ice by a score of 10-2, at a game in Georgina, on Friday, September 28th.
Simon Feig and Noah Donaghy, both recently acquired from Uxbridge, had hat tricks in the game, and Carter Thornton had two goals. The other goal scorers were Owen Hurtibese and Owen Matthews. Goalie Corey Kuypers stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced.
That victory increased Port Perry’s win streak to three games. However, they did not have the same luck in a rematch of the season opener against the North Kawartha Knights on Sunday, Sept. 30th, at Scugog Arena.
The game was scoreless until late in the first period. With under three minutes remaining, Donaghy tipped in a shot from Liam Schweda, giving the MoJacks a 1-0 lead.
But, it didn’t take long for the Knights to take control of the game in the second period. Just under four minutes in, they scored a power play goal, tying the game 1-1. Late in the period, they scored two goals, 29 seconds apart, and led 3-1 after two periods of play.
Spencer Robinson scored a power play goal in the third period, but that was as close as the MoJacks would get, as they could not find the equalizer goal and lost by a score of 3-2.
“I thought we started slow in the first [period]. The first 15 minutes was definitely our worst of the season. [North Kawartha is] a good team. They played well today,” Patrick Jobb, the MoJacks assistant coach, told The Standard after the game.
One Timers: The Port Perry MoJacks will be busy again this weekend. They face the Little Britain Merchants on Saturday, Oct. 6th, at 7:30 p.m. in Little Britain, and then come home to Scugog Arena on Sunday, Oct. 7th, for a matchup against Port Hope at 2:25 p.m.
Former Port Perry MoJack Mitch Gustavsen was selected by the Toronto Rock in the sixth round of the 2018 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft last week.
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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.