Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Amid a stellar start to the season for the Port Perry MoJacks, the team recently learned that they would be one of six teams from across the province to host EHC Dübendorf, a Swiss team from a Zurich suburb on tour against Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) clubs over the holiday season.
The MoJacks will square off against EHC Dübendorf in the team’s annual New Year’s Classic game on Jan. 1 at Scugog Arena, with the action getting underway at 2:25 p.m. More details will be announced in the coming weeks, including exciting partnerships with local businesses to mark the historic occasion when international junior hockey comes to the community.
“We are looking at this as a huge challenge and fun project that will require a lot of work and effort and we firmly believe that through our efforts and the efforts of the other participants that we can make it a total success. And if we do that, hopefully it will be something that can continue within the PJHL for many years ahead,” explained MoJacks General Manager Murray Parliament.
After rolling to an unprecedented 18-game winning streak to open the PJHL season, the Port Perry MoJacks stumbled recently with a three-game losing streak, eventually turning the tide with an 11-3 blowout over the North Kawartha Knights at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Nov. 27.
The MoJacks had something to prove in the matinee match-up on home ice after dropping back-to-back games to the Clarington Eagles last weekend, as well as a 5-2 decision to the Lakefield Chiefs on the road on Saturday night.
Port Perry rolled to a 5-0 lead just past the midpoint of the second period against the Knights when the visitors finally broke up Blake Shaw’s bid for a shutout. Ryan Bernardes, Dan Harris, Bubba McCullough, Graham Lamers and James Boyle all scored for the MoJacks, wth Noah Bray and Cole Murray each chipping in a pair of assists.
However, no sooner had the Knights finally lit the lamp, when the MoJacks scored four more goals, with Lamers, McNair, Brett Harrison and McCullough all credited with goals through the first five minutes of the third period.
With the game firmly in hand, the teams traded goals down the stretch, with Mitch Gustavsen and Lamers’ hat trick goal rounding out the scoring for the home side.
- Lucas Berkers and McCullough scored for the MoJacks in their loss to the second-place Chiefs on Saturday night.
- In a busy weekend for the MoJacks, they’ll start the action on Saturday night looking for back-to-back wins against the Knights when they make the trek to Apsley. 7:25 p.m. match-up against the Chiefs.