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Lumberjacks comebacks fall short against Bruins, Ice

DAN CEARNS The Standard

The Port Perry Lumberjacks lost two close and high scoring games this past weekend.

The Lumberjacks paid their rival, the Uxbridge Bruins, a visit on Friday, December 15th. The Bruins would strike for three goals in the first period, putting Port Perry behind 3-0.

However, just 48 seconds into the second period, Braedyn Vannetten scored a shorthanded goal, cutting the deficit to 3-1. A minute and a half into the period, the Bruins would restore the three-goal lead with a goal. Then, over 10 minutes in, Uxbridge struck again to make it a 5-1 game. Before the period ended, Mark Stoop capitalized on a Lumberjacks power play to keep the Lumberjacks in the game.

Four minutes into the third period, Parker Lemay scored a power play goal, making it a 5-3 game. Then, nearly 12 minutes into the period, Mac Connelly scored, cutting the deficit to a one goal difference. However, that is as close as the Lumberjacks would get as their comeback falls short 5-4.

The Lumberjacks looked for some redemption in a game against the Georgina Ice on Sunday, December 17th at Scugog Arena.

Less than three and a half minutes in, the Ice scored the first goal of the game. But nine and a half minutes later, Johannes Kalm tied the game with a goal.

A little over seven minutes into the second period, Georgina got their lead back with a goal. But, four minutes later, Tanner Bricknell tied the game at 2-2. Georgina would score two goals shortly afterwards, and the Lumberjacks trailed the game 4-2. Zach Caron scored late in the period to cut the score to 4-3.

Caron scored his second goal of the game over seven minutes into the third period, knotting the game up 4-4. But, with a bit over six minutes remaining in the game, the Ice scored a power play goal. They would add an empty net goal with just 11 seconds left in the period, and the Lumberjacks lost the game 6-4.

One Timers:

- The Lumberjacks will face the Clarington Eagles at the Garnet B. Rickard complex on Thursday, December 21st. That game will begin at 7:25 p.m.

- The Lumberjacks finish their pre-Christmas schedule with a matchup against the Little Britain Merchants in Little Britain on Saturday, December 23rd. That game will begin at 7:30 p.m.

- The next Lumberjacks home game at Scugog Arena is on Wednesday, December 27th. They will host the Georgina Ice at 7:15 p.m.

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