DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks are currently on a four-game losing streak.
After a 5-1 loss to the Lakefield Chiefs on Tuesday, October 5th and a 3-2 loss to the Little Britain Merchants on Saturday, October 9th, the MoJacks were looking to reverse their fortunes against the Georgina Ice at Scugog Arena on Sunday, October 10th.
A little over four and a half minutes in, the Ice scored the game’s first goal. But, almost 12 minutes in, Jake Weatherall fired a shot from just past the offensive zone blueline, which beat Georgina’s goaltender, tying the game 1-1.
However, four consecutive Ice goals in the second period put Port Perry behind 5-1.
Halfway through the third period, with Georgina’s goalie out of position, Nolan Goddard swept the puck into the open side of the net, making it a 5-2 game. But that was as close as Port Perry would get, and the MoJacks fell to Georgina 5-2.
The MoJacks currently have a record of one win and four losses. But head coach Kyle Adams explained the team still has plenty of time to right the ship.
“It’s early in the year. There [are] no excuses. We need to be better. We’ve got a lot of young players here, new faces. It’s going to take a bit of time to figure out where everybody fits in, where the pieces go together. It’s definitely not panic time right now,” he said.
The MoJacks have struggled offensively this season, not scoring more than three goals in a game.
“Definitely, one of our biggest problems is offence, putting the puck in the net. I think we need to bare down on our chances a little bit harder [in] loose puck battles, net-front battles [and by] getting a little more traffic in front of their goalie,” Adams said.
The MoJacks will travel to North Kawartha to face the Knights on Saturday, October 16th at 7:25 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game will be on Sunday, October 17th, against the Clarington Eagles. The game will be held at 7:25 p.m. instead of the usual 2:25 p.m. to allow the team to observe the celebration of life for longtime Equipment Manager Denny Martyn.