DAN CEARNS, The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Lumberjacks lost a thrilling overtime game and another close game over the weekend.
The Lumberjacks opened the month of February with a game in Apsley, against the North Kawartha Knights, on Saturday, February 4th.
The Lumberjacks out shot the Knights 16 to 14, in the first period, but neither goaltender allowed the puck to get past them.
The trend of zero goals would continue through the next couple of periods, with Lumberjacks goaltender Gavin Bradt stopping all 44 of the shots he faced, throughout three periods.
The game went to overtime with a 0-0 score. Five and a half minutes into the overtime frame, the Knights would score the game-winning goal, and Port Perry lost 1-0.
The Lumberjacks seemed to look for redemption when they faced the Lakefield Chiefs, at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, February 5th.
Nearly 13 and a half minutes into the first period, Cameron Marshall helped the Lumberjacks capitalize on a power play opportunity with a backhand shot past the Chiefs' goaltender. However, a little over two minutes later, the Chiefs would score, tying the game at 1-1. The Lumberjacks heavily controlled the shots on goal through the first 20 minutes, 12 to 5.
Four and a half minutes into the second period, Marshall got the crowd to erupt again; scoring, to give Port Perry a one-goal lead. Then the Chiefs struck, for two-straight goals, later in the period, and the Lumberjacks trailed for the first time in the game, 3 to 2.
The Chiefs would add a power-play goal in the third period, and the Lumberjacks lost the game 4-2.
The Lumberjacks will have two chances to defeat the Georgina Ice this week. On Thursday, February 9th, the Lumberjacks will play in Georgina. That game begins at 8:30 p.m.
The Lumberjacks will be supporting cancer research, with an initiative on Sunday, February 12th. During their game against the Georgina Ice, the Lumberjacks will have raffle prizes, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. The team will also wear "hockey battles cancer-themed jerseys." That game, being held at Scugog Arena, will begin at 2:25 p.m.