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The 12th annual Scugog Hall of Fame Induction ceremony was, by all accounts, a wild success. Over 200 people attended the event that featured headline speaker Joe Bowen. The timing for Mr. Bowen’s appearance was perfect, as he is a Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee for 2018, and his own induction is on Monday, November 12th.
Mr. Bowen had the crowd laughing with some of his best Leaf stories, but also had a message for parents with children involved in sport. The message is “Let them have fun.” Joe has 4 sons, who have all played minor hockey, and he has been supportive of them all along, but never crossed the line.
The 2018 inductees all gave inspiring speeches about how they got to this point.
The 2018 Young Guns were recognized first. Ashley Adams, Madeline Laird, Brooklynn Feasby and Shauna Kuebeck were all presented pins for their achievements to date.
The 1980/81 Malmont Farms Atom team was inducted as OMHA CC Champs.
Larissa D’Alleva was acknowledged for her stellar wrestling career.
The 1979/80 Colin Ball Midgets were inducted for their OMHA Midget C title win.
In the Builders Category Jill Baranowski, Rose McNally, Angie Churchill and Debbie Tarbotten were inducted for their incredible work, in making a dream become reality, for the Scugog Women’s Hockey League.
Master of Ceremonies Jordan Mercier kept the program running smoothly and did his usual professional job. He’s becoming an old hand at this.
Hall of Fame Induction Committee Chairperson Leanne Ashbridge said it best. “I know this is going to sound like a broken record, but every year we feel we have put on a better event than the previous year. This year is no exception. From Mr. Bowen’s outstanding talk, to the stirring speeches of all of the inductees, this evening was an un-qualified success. And again, we can’t wait until next year”, offered Ms. Ashbridge.
She added, “In order to keep this going, we will need help from the public. We would love to see more nominations for future inductees. The Scugog area has a rich sporting tradition and we would love to be able to recognize more of the sports people that have had an impact.”
Do you know someone you feel would be worthy of a nomination for the Scugog Hall of Fame? Now is the time to forward your nomination for con-sideration. This Hall is for the fine people of Scugog, and showcases all of the outstanding contributions to the world of local, regional, national, and international sport, by Scugog residents. If you know someone who would qualify, NOW is the time to get your nominations in for the next induction ceremony, coming up next November. Just go to http://www.scugog.ca/en/index.aspx to find the nomination form. Please ensure you fill it out completely, to give the Induction Committee the best look at your candidate.
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For the second straight game, the Lindsay Muskies came up just short against the Whitby Fury, falling by a score of 2-1 in Whitby, Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period, the Muskies got into some penalty trouble and it cost them.
Greg Smith got Whitby on the board on a power play, at 7:55 of the second period. The assists on the goal went to Patrick Demaio and Shane Bull. Later in the period, the Muskies were enjoying a power play of their own, when two Muskie players were called for separate penalties on the same play while in the offensive zone. With players going off for hooking and crosschecking, suddenly the the Fury had a long 4 on 3, which had just turned into a 5 on 3 when Jacob DiDanieli scored at 13:23, from Amendeo Mastrangeli and Christian Stevens, to make it 2-0.
Just as Dean Buchholz did on Friday night, Blake Curran continued to battle hard in the Muskies net and kept his team in the game, with a total of 35 saves on the afternoon. At the 4:28 mark of the third period, Nick Lund scored his team leading 11th goal of the season, beating Oliver Troop on a wrap around, from Brendan Tomilson, to get Lindsay to within one. With a minute and a half left in the game, the Muskies were able to get Curran to the bench for an extra attacker, and despite some good chances, they could not get another one past Troop.
The next game for Lindsay is a rare Friday night road game, as they head to Trenton to take on the Golden Hawks.
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UXBRIDGE: In one of the most thrilling PJHL games of the season, the Uxbridge Bruins took down the defending Clarence Schmalz Cup provincial champion Lakefield Chiefs in overtime, at the Bear Den, on Friday, November 9th, extending Uxbridge's season-opening home ice win streak to 9 games.
The rival sides had split the season series coming into the game. In their home opener in September, Uxbridge scored a 3-2 overtime victory. On October 30th, in Lakefield, the Chiefs shut out the Bruins, by a score of 4-0.
Tensions were running high through a scoreless first period that saw several spectacular saves at both ends of the ice, with the Bruins holding a 15-9 advantage in shots on goal.
The Chiefs took the lead early in the second period, before timely goals by Toby Cooper and Justin Bennett put Uxbridge ahead 2-1. However, the lead would not last, and at the end of the middle frame, the Bruins were trailing 3-2.
An unassisted goal by Daniel Wu, early in the third period, knotted the game once more, before the Chiefs took back the lead with slightly more than 10 minutes to play in regulation.
The Bruins continued to try and claw their way back, using their superior size to create space in the offensive zone.
A pair of late penalties put the Bruins' resilience to the test, but a pair of veterans proved to be more than up to the task, as captain Aiden Reilly found Robert Freckelton for a dramatic shorthanded goal that trickled over the goal line, with just over one minute remaining on the clock, to force overtime.
There was a blistering pace to the 4-on-4 overtime period, begining 4-on-3, with a spectacular effort from the Uxbridge penalty killing unit. 1:34 into the extra frame, Justin Bennett capitalized on a Lakefield turnover, finding Jackson Savery charging to the net for the game winning goal, as the boisterous Uxbridge crowd erupted in cheers.
The Bruins will be back in action Friday night, at the Bear Den, with another tough test, as the Tod Division-leading Napanee Raiders visit, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up.
On Saturday, November 17th, the Bruins will visit Port Hope, for a 7:30 showdown with the Panthers.
The Bruins and Panthers completed a trade last week, with Uxbridge dealing 20-year-old left winger Jake Dale to the Panthers. In 11 games with the Bruins, the Whitby native scored one goal and added three assists.
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Mathieu Hebert had a pair of goals, including the winner, in a big third period, as the Lindsay Muskies came back to defeat the Kingston Voyageurs by a score of 5-1, in Kingston, Thursday night.
The two teams played exciting back and forth hockey, for the first period and a half, with both goaltenders, Dean Buchholz for Lindsay and Alexie Masanko for Kingston, making a number of big stops when called upon.
The game didn’t see a goal until the 16:49 mark of the second period, when Adam Kim was able to put the hometown Vees up on a power play, from Brendan D’Agostino and Owen Ramsay. The lead would not last long though, as Muskies defenceman Mathieu Hebert would score his 2nd of the season at 19:14, to tie the game, from Ethan Ramsden and Noah Vandevinne.
The Muskies came out hard in the third period, and were rewarded when Vandervinne picked up his 75th of the year, to put the Fish on top, with the assists going to Joey Campbell and Ramsden. The Vees then enjoyed a power play but the Muskies were able to kill it off.
The Vees thought, at one point, they had tied the match but play continued. At the next whistle the officials got together to discuss the previous play but it was ruled the puck had not entered the goal. Moments later, at 14:11, Hebert fired a shot through traffic, to give the Fish some insurance with a two goal lead. Jake Rauch had the lone assist.
The Muskies continued to press, and just over three minutes later, Kalvyn Watson snapped a nice shot over the shoulder of Masanko, for his 5th of the season, from Braydon Leeking. Brendan Tomilson rounded out the scoring, at 18:29, scoring his 4th of the year, from Logan Maunder.
Suddenly, the Muskies are back in the race for the last playoff spot in the East Division, having won 4 of their last nine games, and having picked up single points in two of those five losses. After a slow start, the team’s record now stands at 6 wins, 10 regulation losses, and 2 overtime losses, which leaves them just 4 points back of Kingston, for the last spot in the East with a game in hand.
SCUGOG: It was a weekend to remember for the Port Perry MoJacks, as they found a way to win back-to-back games.
The MoJacks were involved in a high scoring game against the Amherstview Jets, on Saturday, November 10th, eventually winning the contest 11-6.
The two teams were deadlocked at 3-3 after the first 20 minutes of play. MoJack goal scorers in that period were Tye Stewart, Derek Risebrough and Noah Donaghy.
The MoJacks were able to score three times before the 10 minute mark of the second period to take a 6-3 lead. Two of those goals were scored by Carter Thornton and the other was Donaghy’s second of the game. However, the Jets scored twice, later in the period, and Port Perry had a slim 6-5 lead at the end of the period.
The MoJacks again found goals early in the third period, with Stewart and Risebrough each scoring their second goal of the game within the first three minutes, and Spencer Robinson adding a goal over seven and half minutes in. 21 seconds after that goal, the Jets were able to score again, but Liam Schweda put the puck in the net almost 11 minutes in, and Robinson later scored his second goal of the game. Port Perry held on to win 11-6.
The MoJacks then traveled home to Scugog Arena for a Remembrance Day matchup with the Clarington Eagles, on Sunday, November 11th.
The game started off well for Port Perry. A little under two minutes into the first frame, Owen Matthews received a nice pass from Brock Burrows and sniped the puck past Clarington’s goaltender, to give the MoJacks an early 1-0 lead. About five minutes later, Donaghy scored, extending Port Perry’s lead. The Eagles scored later in the period, and the MoJacks had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
However, the MoJacks would restore the multi goal lead in the second period. Almost eight minutes into that frame, Burrows put a shot on goal that deflected off the Clarington goalie’s back and into the back of the net for his first goal as a MoJack. Five minutes later, Owen Hurtibese added a goal, giving Port Perry a 4-1 lead, which they held after 40 minutes.
Over five and a half minutes into the third, the Eagles cut Port Perry’s lead to half with a goal, but Donaghy scored his second goal of the game into an empty net, late in the period, and Port Perry held on to win 5-2.
Corey Kuypers stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced in the game.
“[He was] solid. That’s why he’s our number one [goaltender]. He had a great game,” MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard after the game.
Boyle also talked about Burrows getting his first goal as a MoJack.
“It was nice for him to get his first. I thought he played a solid game all around. In the offensive zone he was cycling and working hard, and in the [defensive] zone he was doing the same,” he said.
The MoJacks will have a tough matchup, on Tuesday, November 13th, facing the first place team in the Orr Division, the Lakefield Chiefs, in Lakefield. Puck drop for that game is 7:25 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game at Scugog Arena is Sunday, November 18th, against Gananoque, at 2:25 p.m.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies were unable to sweep the weekend as they gave up an early goal and never really got back into the game falling to the Toronto Junior Canadiens by a score of 8-2 Sunday night in Toronto.
The Junior Canadiens got on the board at the 1:50 mark when Eric Ciccolina was able to tuck a backhander in past Blake Curran in the Lindsay goal from David Sherman and Stephen Calisti. The Muskies enjoyed a power play chance shortly after but failed to click. With Toronto on a power play at 13:34 Dustin Hutton made it 2-0 as he knocked a rebound into the goal after a shot from Sherman and Daniel Nardi. The Muskies had a late power play which generated a couple of great chances but Christian Mattiace slammed the door in the Toronto goal.
Right off the hop in the second the Muskies had a great chance on a power play at the side of the goal but Nick Lund was unable to complete the play. At 4:59 Jason Pineo made no mistake on Toronto power play making it 3-0 from Ciccolini and Nardi. The two teams continued to play fairly evenly but at 15:47 Sherman made it 4-0 on another Toronto power play when he put a wrist shot behind Curran. The assists on that one went to Ciccolini and Nardi again.
If the Muskies were looking for a good start to the third it did not happen. At the 1:00 minute mark Ciccolini scored his second of the game from Hutton and Sherman making it 5-0. At 4:26 with the Jr. Canadiens on a man advantage Hutton broke in alone to score his second of the match from Pineo and Chase Spencer. The Muskies got on the board while on a two man advantage at 8:12 when Joey Campbell scored his 4th of the season from Braydon Leeking and Brendan Tomilson, but the Toronto squad came right back when Sherman scored from Hutton and Ciccolini. That goal as well was a power play marker. The Junior Canadiens continued the pressure as Matthew Falls made a nice rush in around the goal feeding the puck back to Pineo who fired the puck home. Cameron Fulop picked up the second assist. Then it was the Muskies turn for another power play. On it Brandon Carr-Ansah fired a puck toward the goal that ricocheted into the air and past Mattiace at 13:51. The goal was Carr-Ansah’s 4th of the year and was assisted by Braydon Leeking and Patrick Goan.
The loss means the Muskies gained a split on the weekend which as of Sunday had them sitting just four points back of Kingston for the final playoff spot in the East. Kingston will be in Cobourg Monday night, and then the Muskies will head to the Limestone City on Thursday night for a big match with the Voyageurs.
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The Central Ontario Wolves Midget team has a lot to be optimistic about, as the competition ratchets up in the second half of the ETA season.
The Midget Wolves were a focal point of the very successful Pink in the Rink Day, in support of Hockey Conquers Cancer initiatives, on Saturday, Oct. 27th. The event raised more than $6,500 for three beneficiaries, including the King family, Hearth Place, and the founding donation of the Central Ontario Wolves Hockey Battles Cancer Trust Fund, which will be used to assist players and families within the organization in need of support.
Kicking off a busy November, the Wolves rolled to a 5-2 victory over Kingston, on the night of Saturday, Nov. 3rd, in Port Perry. As well, the team will trek to Windsor this weekend, for the Border Battle, before a trip to Moncton, New Brunswick, for the prestigious Monctonian AAA Challenge Tournament, from Nov. 15th to 18th.
The Wolves also recently announced, the RBC Canada Germany Showcase will return to Scugog Arena in 2019, after a remarkable event last year. On Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 7 p.m., the Wolves Midget AAA team will face under-18 Jungadler Mannheim. Tickets are expected to go on sale soon, so mark your calendar for some exciting international exhibition hockey!
“That game against Mannheim was a lot of fun to be a part of last season, the stands were packed. The whole team is thrilled to be able to bring it back this year,” explained team captain Alec Brown. “It was different worlds colliding, and they definitely played with a lot of skill, and we both put on a great show for the crowd. It showed us a different aspect to the game, and how it’s played differently, which helped a lot of us grow our games, as we move towards higher levels.”
Over the weekend, the Central Ontario Wolves continued their quest to claw their way back into the ETA playoff picture, with a 5-2 victory over the Greater Kingston Jr. Frontenacs, in a rare Saturday night home game, at Scugog Arena on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. The win was the team’s second in their past three home games.
First period goals, by Carson Whiston and Trevor Andrews, paced the Wolves to a 2-1 advantage.
The second period saw Whiston net his second of the evening, as well as a goal from Jacob Traynor, as the Wolves extended their lead to 4-2.
A shorthanded goal by Colin Elliott put the game away for Central Ontario, late in the third period.
The next home game for the Midget Wolves is Tuesday, Nov. 13th, with the rival Whitby Wildcats in town for a 7 p.m. match-up.
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SCUGOG: It was a tale of two games for the Port Perry MoJacks over the weekend.
The MoJacks’ offense exploded in a 9-2 victory in Campbellford, on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, but then they couldn’t find a goal in a 5-0 shutout loss to Napanee, on Sunday, Nov. 4th.
The MoJacks struck early in the Saturday game against the Campbellford Rebels.
Almost five minutes into the first period, Carter Thornton got the MoJacks on the board with a goal. Then, almost nine and a half minutes in, Noah Donaghy put the puck in the net, giving Port Perry a two-goal lead. The Rebels scored late in the period, and the MoJacks had a one-goal lead after 20 minutes of play.
But, the MoJacks got that two-goal lead back late in the second period with Donaghy’s second goal of the game, and led 3-1 after two periods.
Just 46 seconds into the third period the Rebels scored again, to trim Port Perry’s lead to 3-2. However, the MoJacks later scored six unanswered goals to win the game by a score of 9-2. Port Perry’s third period scorers were Donaghy with his hat trick goal, Thornton’s second goal of the game, Dan Harris, Kody Fruhner, Derek Risebrough and Ben Sheremeta.
But, Port Perry could not find a way to beat the Tod Division’s top team, the Napanee Raiders, at Scugog Arena the next day.
The Raiders struck twice in the first period on the power play, and carried a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. Napanee had a dominant period, outshooting Port Perry 23-3.
Port Perry fell further behind in the second period. Just 24 seconds in, Raiders player Evan Foley scored on a breakaway, extending their lead to 3-0.
The Raiders scored twice more in the third period, and took the game by a final score of 5-0. The MoJacks were heavily outshot in the game 53-19.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle explained that Port Perry simply faced a top team and came out on the losing side.
“Let’s give our competition a whole lot of credit, because that’s a good hockey team. They worked hard for 60 minutes. No excuses from our side, we played well, worked hard. I thought it was just a good hockey team that scored some power play goals and played hard for 60 minutes,” he said.
The MoJacks did not score a power play goal in six tries against the Raiders. Boyle said he is looking for the MoJacks to “keep it simple” on the power play.
“We’re just trying to get them to keep it simple and get more pucks on the net. We’re getting in there, we’ve got good possession, but we’re working it on the perimeter, instead of trying to generate [chances], and sometimes simple is better. Just simple plays, get it to the net and whack in a rebound,” he explained.
The MoJacks held a Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, at Scugog Arena before the game, with members of Port Perry Legion Branch 419 in attendance.
The MoJacks will be making a trip to Amherstview, for a game against the Jets, on Saturday, Nov. 10th. Puck drop for that game is 3:30 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game at Scugog Arena will be on Remembrance Day, Sunday, Nov. 11th, against Clarington, at 2:25 p.m.
As the seasons change, motorists must take steps to safeguard their vehicles, especially when the season changes from fall to winter. Each winter, many vehicles are subjected to sub-zero temperatures, snowfall and icy roads, and such conditions can take their toll on vehicles over time. Taking steps to prepare vehicles for winter weather is a vital step that can make cars and trucks safer for drivers and their passengers.
Battery - Old batteries should be replaced before winter begins. Without a strong, properly functioning battery, engines cannot turn over. Most batteries last between three and five years. However, extreme cold can compromise batteries, especially those that have been around awhile. Batteries are made up of acid and water, and cold temperatures can freeze the water, thereby affecting battery performance. According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 32 F, the average battery loses 35 percent of its strength.
Newer batteries can be protected by starting the vehicle each day to warm up and recharge the battery. Let the car run for at least 10 minutes if you cannot take an extended drive.
Exterior maintenance - Keeping a car waxed and sealed can help maintain a durable exterior finish. This includes not only the paint, but the rubber and vinyl parts of the car's exterior.
Winter is a good time to switch to a heavy-duty synthetic wax that can shield against water and road salts. High-quality sealants can be used on bumpers, trim and rubber door seals as added protection. Speak with an automotive retailer or even the car dealership if you are unsure which products will make your car's parts most durable for winter weather.
Do not stop washing your car just because the weather is cold. Slushy, wet roads and snow-melting salts can speed up the formation of rust or other decay on the undercarriage of the vehicle. These materials will need to be periodically cleaned off. Flush the underside of the vehicle whenever possible, taking advantage of any dry, slightly warmer days.
Tire pressure - According to the automotive retailer Pep Boys, vehicle tires lose a pound of air pressure for every 10-degree drop in temperature. Many modern cars will alert to changes in air pressure, and drivers should be diligent in maintaining the proper tire pressure. Fuel economy as well as handling ability can decline when tires are not inflated properly. Tires can be refilled at many gas stations for little cost.
Wipers - Visibility is key in hazardous weather conditions, and keeping the windshield clean is a priority. This means ensuring there is enough windshield wiper fluid in the car and that it is a product that will not freeze.
Wiper blades can freeze and crack in the winter. Older blades may be more susceptible to damage. It's a worthy investment to replace existing wiper blades at the start of each winter. When vehicles are parked, pull the wipers off of the windshield to safeguard them from sticking and cracking.
Cold weather requires drivers to amp up their vehicle maintenance routines. Consult with a mechanic or automotive retailer for more ideas and products that can help your vehicles operate safely and efficiently this winter.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: One of the most enjoyable aspects of my volunteer postion with the Lindsay Jr. A Muskies, is getting a chance to meet and get to know the players. Often, they come to the team as young men, in some cases away from home for the first time, many grow as people and players, while a part of our organization, and then graduate on to a higher level of hockey, an educational opportunity, or maybe both.
One of the things I do in my role with the team is to gather and write up some of the information that appears in the game night program, including the section we call the Player Profile. Head Coach Dan West hands out the profile questionnaires to the players during the preseason, and then he gives them back to me once they are completed. Sometimes, a lot of the answers are similar. The kids all seem to like pasta before a game, they enjoy working out and hanging with their friends, and in the future they hope to play hockey at the highest level they can, while getting an education. All great goals. But, last week as I was reading through that weeks profile sheet, I was struck by one that was very unique.
Meet Noah Vandervinne.
Noah came to the Muskies last year, as part of a trade with the Pickering Panthers. In his second year with the team, he is the current points leader on the squad.
He mentioned in his profile, his plans for the future included running a successful company that would help him to be able to provide for his family. He went on to say, his hobbies off the ice included running his own clothing company; not something you often hear from a Jr. A hockey player. I caught up to Noah, after a game one Friday night, as I wanted to ask him if he could elaborate at all. It didn’t take long to realize, this really is a passion for him, and although he too would like to continue his hockey career as long as he can, he is definitely getting plans in place for after it ends.
Vandervinne, who is a 19 year old Ajax, Ontario native, told me, later by email, the name of the company he runs is called Lifestyle Athletic Apparel. A quick visit to the website showed pictures of Vandervinne and others modelling the various items, from T-shirts, to hoodies, hats, shorts and many other items.
“It’s a clothing company that I started around a year and a half ago. I’ve always loved being active, and loved clothing and just thought to go about and put those two passions into an athletic clothing company”, he explained. “I do everything myself for the company, from designing products, taking measurements of all the clothing, talking to my supplier, marketing, and shooting and creating all the photos. I love being able to create my own products, wear them, getting compliments from people, and also seeing others wear it”.
Things seem to be going well with the company. He reports having shipped items all across Canada and the United States, but also to Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Asia, and Switzerland.
I was left to wonder how he finds time to do it all. On average the Muskies play three or sometimes four games a week, and there are a number of practices to fit in as well. He also went on, to let me know he works at the Real Canadian Superstore, the Ajax Community Center, and takes part time classes.
Muskies Head Coach Dan West had nothing but great things to say about Noah both on and off the ice.
“Vandy is having a great start to the season. We liked him 3 years ago when he tried out with us, he was one of our last cuts and had an opportunity in the CCHL”, said West. “He plays in every situation and can be relied upon, on and off the ice”.
Coach West also shared his thoughts on Noah on a more personal side.
“After getting to know him, it is easy to see how driven to succeed he is, he is mature beyond his years. He is calculated and passionate about his interests, and is always willing to learn and try new things.
No matter what he chooses to do, he will find a way to succeed. He is the kind of player we want more of in our association. We are extremely proud of him.”
From my point of view, I have had a great time getting to know him. It has been a pleasure both to watch Noah Vandervinne play hockey, and to learn about his business endeavours.
Please take a moment to visit his website, at this address: www.lifestyleathleticapparel.ca, or check him out on Instagram, at @lifestyleathleticapparel.