DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks extended their recent run of wins to five straight over the weekend, as they skated to wins over the Georgina Ice and Little Britain Merchants.
Ryan Nichols led the way for the MoJacks with a four goal performance on Friday, Jan. 2 in Keswick, as Port Perry won 8-3 over the Ice.
Although Georgina scored less than a minute into the action, the MoJacks would dominate the match, with Kyle Schweda tying the game, before Nichols netted the next three goals, giving the MoJacks a 4-1 edge in the final minute of the second period.
Konrad Piorkowski and Jeff St. Pierre would score just nine seconds apart in the final 30 seconds of the middle frame to give Port Perry a 6-1 advantage on the scoreboard through 40 minutes of action.
Both sides scored twice in the third period, with a shorthanded score from Ryan Bernades and a powerplay marker from Nichols rounding out Port Perry’s scoring.
Nichols has been on a tear as of late, with 10 goals and 12 total points in the past five games for the 20-year-old Oshawa product, in his third year with the MoJacks.
“Ryan went through a stretch where he was really snake bitten offensively,” MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish told The Standard. “He’s always had the chances, and it’s nice to see him having this success and capitalizing on them.”
On Sunday, Jan. 4, the MoJacks returned to Scugog Arena looking to shoplift two points from the Little Britain Merchants. Durham MP Erin O’Toole was joined by is daughter Mollie as he conducted a ceremonial - the first of his career - prior to the game between MoJacks captain Lucas Berkers and his Little Britain counterpart, Kurtis Moore.
Through 20 minutes of play, the Merchants held a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Moore.
Just under five minutes into the second period with Port Perry on the powerplay, a blast from Berkers at the point left a vapor trail as it found the back of the net to tie the game.
Mason Patterson scored just over three minutes into the third period as the Merchants regained the lead, and a powerplay goal from Terry Snoddon almost six minutes later gave the Merchants a 3-1 lead.
However, just over two minutes later, Cole Murray netted a powerplay goal when he banged in a rebound to draw the MoJacks to within a goal.
With less than a minute remaining, and MoJacks netminder Blake Shaw dashing to the bench in favour of an extra attacker, Graham Lamers lofted the puck high into the offensive zone, and the puck floated in the air, striking the palm of Little Britain goalie Garrett Haden’s glove at an awkward angle and flipping up and into the net to tie the game, and send the match to overtime.
With less than two minutes left in the extra frame, Nichols chased down a Merchants defenceman behind the net and stripped him of the puck, finding Kyle Schweda charging to the net for the game winning goal, as the MoJacks prevailed by a final score of 4-3.
- After a trip to Lakefield on Tuesday, Jan. 6 (after The Standard’s press deadline), the MoJacks will take on the Clarington Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 11 at Scugog Arena, starting at 2:25 p.m.
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