DAN CEARNS, The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Lumberjacks lost two close games to complete their 2023 regular season.
At a rare Thursday home game at Scugog Arena on March 2nd, the Lumberjacks hosted the North Kawartha Knights.
Nearly four minutes into the first period, the Lumberjacks got on the board first. Quinn Arnott was able to put a shot through the North Kawartha goalie’s legs, making it a 1-0 lead.
Both teams battled hard in the second period, but there were no goals scored. Shots slightly favoured the Knights 17 to 12.
About halfway through the third period, the Knights scored the game-tying goal, making it a 1-1 game. The game remained at that score for the rest of the third period.
Over two minutes into overtime, the Knights put the puck in the net again, defeating the Lumberjacks 2-1.
The Lumberjacks looked for some redemption when they faced the Little Britain Merchants on Saturday, March 4th.
Over 11 minutes into the first period, the Merchants scored the first goal of the game. Port Perry trailed 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of play.
A bit over a minute into the second period, the Merchants scored again, making it a 2-0 game. Three and a half minutes later, Nolan Goddard cut the deficit in half with a goal. But the Merchants would restore their two-goal lead later in the period and led 3-1 after two periods.
Three and a half minutes into the third period, Dale Faubert scored his second goal of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-2. But, nearly 11 minutes into the period, the Merchants would seal their victory with one last goal. Port Perry lost the game 4-2.
- The Port Perry Lumberjacks are encouraging fans to follow them on Instagram to see the playoff schedule.