SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks earned a split this past weekend, defeating North Kawartha, before dropping a close game to Lakefield.
The MoJacks defeated the Knights 6-4, in Apsley, on Saturday, Sept. 30th. However, they lost 2-0 to the Chiefs, in an afternoon game on home ice on Sunday, Oct. 1st.
The Knights got the first goal of Saturday’s game, just three minutes into the first period. However, Liam Schweda scored, to tie the game, over five minutes later.
The MoJacks would get their first lead of the game, when Kody Fruhner scored less than a minute into the second period. But the lead didn’t last, as North Kawartha scored two power play goals in the period, and the second frame ended with a 3-2 score for the Knights.
Just less than a minute and a half into the third period, the Knights scored to stretch their lead to 4-2. But shortly after, Austin Mackie lit the lamp to cut North Kawartha’s lead to one goal. The MoJacks scored three more times in that period, and won the game 6-4. The goal scorers were Derek Risebrough, Josh Dickson and Tyler Giamov.
However, the MoJacks were unable to take the momentum from that victory into Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
Despite outshooting Lakefield 26-20 through two periods, the game remained scoreless until the third period.
Under seven minutes into the third period, Lakefield’s Aaron Vatcher put one behind goaltender Shawn Mabley, and the Chiefs had the lead. The Chiefs later added an insurance marker, and shut out the MoJacks 2-0.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard he was happy with the way the team competed against Lakefield.
“I thought we battled hard. A bounce here or there for us, and there easily could have been two points for us, so I was happy with our efforts today for sure,” he said.
He also noted that fatigue might have been a factor in the loss.
“I thought our guys were a little bit tired today, because of the quick turnaround. We got back here last night at almost midnight, and then they were back on the ice at 2:25 p.m.,” he said. “North Kawartha is a hard working, good skating team, so you’ve got to be on your horse and going against those guys.”