DAN CEARNS, The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks lost a couple of thrilling overtime games over the weekend.
On Saturday, November 13th, the MoJacks were in Little Britain to face the Merchants.
Ten minutes into the first period, the Merchants scored the game’s first goal, putting Port Perry behind 1-0.
Then, the Merchants added a goal with about three minutes remaining in the second period, doubling the deficit to 2-0.
However, there was an explosion of goals in the third period. Fifty-nine seconds in, Kolby Fralic put the puck in the net, making it a 2-1 game.
Forty-four seconds later, the Merchants scored, increasing the deficit to 3-1. But 59 seconds after that goal, Sam Davis’ shot found the back of the net. Four and a half minutes in, Fralic scored his second goal of the game, tying the game at 3-3.
Less than four minutes later, Nick Chokrev-Cerpnjak put the puck in the net, giving Port Perry their first lead of the game. The MoJacks would extend the lead to 5-3 just 20 seconds later with a Jack Davis goal. But three straight Merchant goals put Port Perry back behind 6-5. In the dying seconds of regulation time, Chokrev-Cerpnjak scored his second goal of the night to send the game to overtime.
Less than five minutes into the overtime frame, the Merchants scored the winning goal, and Port Perry lost 7-6.
It was a lower scoring game on Sunday, November 14th, when the MoJacks faced the Georgina Ice.
The first period was mostly quiet, with very few scoring opportunities. The period ended with no goals on the board.
A bit over six minutes into the second period, though, Chokrev-Cerpnjak was able to put the puck through the legs of the Ice’s goaltender, giving Port Perry a 1-0 lead.
This lead would stay intact until early in the third period. Over two minutes in, the Ice scored, knotting the game up at 1-1. Fifty-seven seconds later, the Ice struck again, taking a 2-1 lead. But, late in the period, with the MoJacks on a 5-on-3 power play, Brayden Roberts put the puck into an open right side of the net. This brought the game to a 2-2 tied score, and for the second straight game, the MoJacks headed to overtime.
However, Port Perry would leave the arena disappointed again. The Ice scored the winning goal nearly three minutes into the extra frame, taking the game 3-2.
The Port Perry MoJacks played the Lakefield Chiefs on Tuesday, November 16th (past The Standard’s press deadline).
The MoJacks will look for redemption in a game in Georgina against the Ice on Friday, November 19th. The puck drop is 7:30 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game at Scugog Arena is this Sunday, November 21st, at 2:25 p.m. against the North Kawartha Knights.