DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have had a difficult start to 2020, with their losing streak stretching to five games over the weekend. After ending 2019 with losses to the Picton Pirates, Uxbridge Bruins, and Little Britain Merchants, the MoJacks were looking to change their luck in Uxbridge against the rival Bruins on Friday, January 3rd. Though the Bruins struck twice in the first five and a half minutes of the game, putting Port Perry behind 2 to 0. But, a little over halfway through the frame, Carter Thornton was able to cut Port Perry’s deficit to 2 to 1 with a goal. But, the Bruins added two goals in the second period, and Port Perry trailed 4 to 1 after 40 minutes of play. Two Uxbridge power play goals in the third period increased the Port Perry deficit to 6 to 1. Lucas Rogers would later score his first goal as a MoJack on the power play, but Port Perry lost 6 to 2. The MoJacks had a chance for redemption at home at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, January 5th, against the Clarington Eagles. Less than two and a half minutes in, Justin Jacobs scored, giving the MoJacks an early 1 to 0 lead. But, the Eagles would equalize the game just 53 seconds later, 1 to 1. Halfway through the period, the MoJacks got their one-goal lead back when Nolan Goddard scored. With less than two minutes left on the clock, the Eagles again tied the game. Just over a minute into the second period, the Eagles struck twine for their first lead of the game 3 to 2. About six and a half minutes later; it was Port Perry’s turn to tie up the game, with Thornton sneaking the puck through the legs of the Eagles’ goalie. But, Clarington got two goals late in the period, and Port Perry fell behind 5 to 3. Despite pulling the goalie for the extra attacker late in the third period, the MoJacks couldn’t find the two goals they needed to equalize the game, and lost 5 to 3.
One Timers: – The MoJacks have a home-and home series with the Georgina Ice upcoming. The MoJacks will begin play in Georgina on Friday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. – Port Perry ends the weekend hosting the Ice at Scugog Arena on Sunday, January 12th at 2:25 p.m. – The MoJacks currently have a record of 8-22-1 and are sixth in the Orr division standings.