DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have stretched their winning streak to four games, with recent wins against the Clarington Eagles and Little Britain Merchants.
The MoJacks defeated the Eagles 8-5 in Bowmanville, on Thursday, October 19th, and then shut out the Merchants 10-0, on home ice, on Sunday, October 22nd.
The MoJacks got on the board first in Thursday’s game. 14 and a half minutes into the first period, Brady Martin scored to give the MoJacks a 1-0 lead. Just 22 seconds later, Derek Risebrough scored, extending the MoJacks lead to 2-0.
The MoJacks continued to pressure in the second period. Over halfway through, Spencer Robinson scored, giving the MoJacks a three goal lead. Less than two minutes later, Risebrough scored his second goal of the game and extended the MoJacks lead to four goals.
Clarington would later score twice in the period, but Port Perry still had a 4-2 lead going into the third period.
Just over five and a half minutes into the third period, Graham Lamers scored, giving the MoJacks back their three goal lead. After that, the Eagles scored just over two minutes later, but then Risebrough got his hat trick goal, and the MoJacks again led by three.
12 minutes into the period, Clarington scored again and the MoJacks lead was cut to 6-4.
However, further goals from Matt Trudel and Kody Fruhner gave Port Perry an 8-4 lead. Clarington would add a goal late in the period, but the MoJacks held on to win 8-5.
The MoJacks looked to take the momentum from the win into a matchup against the winless Little Britain Merchants, on Sunday at Scugog Arena.
It took until there were only 15 seconds left in the first period for the MoJacks to score the first goal of the game, as Graham Lamers found a puck that rolled past Merchants goaltender Adam Harris and deposited it in the back of the net.
The MoJacks carried that energy into the second period. Just over a minute in, Fruhner scored, and the MoJacks led by two goals. Then, over four minutes later, Austin Mackie fired a shot over the Merchants’ goaltender’s shoulder, and Port Perry had a three goal lead. After Brady Martin’s backhand shot beat goaltender Harris, over halfway through the period, the Merchants decided to make a goalie change, sending in former MoJack Brett Chandler.
However, he would not fare any better, as over two minutes later Owen Hurtibese scored shorthanded, and the MoJacks lead became 5-0. Then, with 27 seconds remaining in the period, Risebrough fired a slap shot which beat Chandler, to give Port Perry a 6-0 lead.
The MoJacks added four goals in the third period, including Fruhner and Risebrough each getting their second goal of the game, and Port Perry won the game 10-0. The other goal scorers in the period were Josh Dickson and Spencer Robinson. Corey Kuypers made 23 saves for the shutout.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle admitted to The Standard that coming into the game his fear was the team might not bring their best game, because they were facing a last place team.
“These are the games that kind of scare you as a coach, because you are not sure if your guys are [going to] come prepared and ready to play or not, but I thought our guys were today, and Little Britain put up seven goals against North Kawartha last night so that was definitely the message in the room before our game today.”
With the team riding their longest winning streak of the season, Boyle spoke about what the team is doing that has allowed them to get those wins.
“The boys are playing hard and playing some smart hockey and doing the little things that get you the win. Goaltending’s been solid, our [defensive] play’s been pretty decent, and forwards are putting the pucks in the net, so it’s been working for the last few games and our boys are playing well,” he said.
The MoJacks will next be in action on Friday, October 27th, at 7:45 p.m., when they face rival Uxbridge Bruins, in the next installment of the Battle of North Durham at Uxbridge Arena.
Their next home game at Scugog Arena is Sunday, October 29th, at 2:25 p.m., against the Georgina Ice.
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