Special To The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have reached into their past to help guide their future, with the recent hiring of former player Jeff St. Pierre, as an Assistant Coach for the 2019-20 PJHL season.
A Scugog Island resident, who split his minor hockey between the Port Perry Predators and Central Ontario Wolves, St. Pierre spent three seasons with the MoJacks, appearing in 140 total games and claiming a Cougar Cup championship in 2016.
After his competitive career came to a close, St. Pierre immediately stepped behind the bench, spending time as a coach with the North Durham Warriors Bantam ‘AA’ and Minor PeeWee ‘AA’ teams.
The 23-year-old jumped at the opportunity to graduate to the junior hockey coaching ranks, when recently approached by MoJacks GM Murray Parliament, and feels he brings a unique perspective to the position.
“Because I’m so fresh out of the league, and from Port Perry, I think it gives me a great advantage to relate to our players,” St. Pierre told The Standard. “I know how hard it is just to come out of the Orr Division, and what a grind the playoffs are at this level. And, as far as being a player, I can relate to players balancing work, school and hockey.”
One of the first orders of business for St. Pierre is to cultivate a local connection to the team and increase community involvement.
“When we won in 2016, there were eight players from North Durham that spent time with our team that year, and bringing in and keeping those local players and keeping them involved is something I’ve already been working on. If we can maintain that connection, hopefully it’ll strengthen our bond with the community,” St. Pierre explained. “We have the best fans in the Orr Division, and we want to bring back a culture of full rinks and meaningful games.”
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: People are invited to come to Elgin Pond in Uxbridge, on Saturday, April 27th, for the 17th annual Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day.
Participants will have a chance to catch one of the hundreds of brook trout that will call the pond home. The annual parade will kick off the community event, leaving Elgin Park at 9:15 a.m. Children are encouraged to dress up in their best Huck Finn themed outfits and to decorate their wagons and bikes as well, to take part in the parade. Fishing begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
If you don’t have any fishing gear, there will be some available which can be loaned to you.
“It’s such a great event. It’s a free family day. It’s a lot of fun,” organizer Pat Higgins told The Standard. “We stock the pond, kids have fun, they go home with a loot bag, they get free lunch. If they don’t have fishing equipment, we lend it to them. It’s just a nice family day.”
As well, Mr. Higgins spoke about what it has been like for him seeing this event grow over the years.
“The neatest part about it, for me, is we’re now starting to see parents bring out their kids that were coming out when they were kids,” he said.
To register, ribbons can be picked up at the Uxbridge Legion, Uxbridge Canadian Tire, Presents, Presents, Presents, Uxpool and Blue Heron Books.
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
W.O. Insurance finished on top beating Canadian Tire, 6-2.
W.O. Insurance’s goals were from Avery Chambers (3), Porter Rehel, Reilly McCarron and Noah Depooter. Earning assists for W.O. Insurance were Reilly McCarron (2), Chloe VanAsten, Noah Depooter and Lucah Depooter.
The Canadian Tire goals came from Brooklyn VanAsten and Dale Kolumbus.
Hunter’s Sports Photography won against Herrington’s Quality Butchers, 4-1.
Hunter’s Sports Photography had goals by Christopher Sternad (3) and Ryker Dyson.
The solo Herrington’s Quality Butchers goals was from Mason Price.
Scugog House Cleaners beat out Krown Rust Control, 6-1.
Scugog House Cleaners goal scorers were Brody Beaveridge (3), Trayson Jewell, Justin Casserly and Bradley Cloutier.
The single Krown Rust goal was by Onyx Kench.
Unifor Local 1090 won against J.F. Construction, 2-0.
Unifor Local 1090’s goals were unassisted by Jesse Piper (2).
Buck’s Construx beat out Eco Water, 7-2.
Buck’s Construx goals were from Carter Scott (3), Noah Babin (2) Alexis Tranter and William Aldridge. Earning assists for Buck’s Construx were Tranter and Korbin Barr-Waudby.
Eco-Water’s goal scorers were Samuel Baxter and Brendan Potter.
Port Perry Dental Associates took the win over Low & Low Funeral Directors, 9-1.
The goals for Port Perry Dental Associates were by Henray Zha (4), Hayden Ratych (3) and Liam Shisko (2). Earning assists for Port Perry Dental Associates were Ratych (2), Shisko (2) and Liam Craigen.
The solo goal from Low & Low Funeral Directors was by Charlotte Frew.
Goble Transport won against All Flags Auto Service, 2-1.
Scoring for Goble Transport were Adam Goble and Jackson Doran, with assists from Lance Miller and Mackenzie McIntyre. Logan Kveton-Roy scored the only goal for All Flags Auto Service, and was assisted by Jacob MacLennan.
Mondo Hair Salon took the win over Cochrane Tree Service, 3-2.
Mondo Hair Salon’s goal scorers were Bradley Hext (2) and Cole Casserly, with an assist from Braedon Byer.
Cochrane Tree Service’s goals were by Dylan Grant and Owen Chaikosky. Earning assists were Nathan Watson and Grant.
Rebecca McGarvey Remax Jazz won over Luchka Float Service, 9-3.
Scoring for Rebecca McGarvey Remax Jazz were Jake Buchanan (4), Aidan Joyce (2), Katie Brown, Jessica Dalziel and Dante Buurman. Assisting were Brown (2), Buchanan, Buurman and Joyce.
Luchka Float Service’s goal scorer was Tim Rudkin (3) and assisting was Shannon Arney (2).
Urban Landscape Solutions took the win over The Comfort Shoppe, 6-1.
Urban Landscape Solutions goals were by Corey VanCamp (3), Robbie Boadway (2) and Cael Williams. Earning assists for Urban Landscape Solutions were Allison Brewster (2), Deanna Shaw and James Shier.
The Comfort Shoppe’s goal scorer was Tyler Moore.
Thanks to the coaches, players and families, for making the Blackstock Minor Hockey League a fun place to learn and grow on the ice. The season wraps up with a fantastic banquet, on April 12th. Registration for the 2019-2020 season will open the following week, online.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: On Saturday, April 6th, Cam Kosurko and Jack Staniland, a pair of North Durham players with the Central Ontario Wolves, were selected in the OHL Priority Selection.
Uxbridge’s Cam Kosurko was the first Central Ontario player selected, when he was chosen by the Sudbury Wolves, with the 13th pick in the 10th round, 197th overall.
Last year, with Central Ontario, the 5’9” forward scored 12 goals and 7 assists, in 36 games. In the playoffs, Kosurko scored three goals and three assists, in seven games. Heading to Sudbury, Kosurko joins another Uxbridge product, Blake Murray, currently in his second season with the team.
“Overall, we feel we had a great draft,” said Wolves Head Scout Mike Taylor in a press release. “We were able to fill our depth chart in a number of areas that we needed and select quality players throughout the draft. This will only help in building a championship calibre team year after year.”
Later in the day, Port Perry’s Jack Staniland was chosen by the Ottawa 67s, with the 20th selection in the 11th round, 223rd overall.
Heading to the team with the best overall record in the OHL this season, Staniland joins another Central Ontario alum, forward Quinn Yule, from Uxbridge.
A 5’8” defenceman, Staniland scored 4 goals and chipped in 5 assists, in 36 games this season with the Minor Midget Wolves, as well, he was called up, and appeared in 7 games with the Midget team.
According to Ottawa’s GM James Boyd, defence was a focal point for the team when identifying prospects for the 2019 edition of the draft.
“Our target in the draft was to address some needs on defence, we have a mature defence-core who will be graduating in the next few years so we wanted to get some new blood that can develop in the system and I think we’ve done that,” said Boyd in a press release.
“I think (Head Coach) Andre (Tourigny) has proven in the past that he is open minded about players coming into camp, and he’s excited with all the players that we have.
“There is a lot of time between now and training camp, a lot of time for development and a lot of time for them to grow. It’ll be an exciting training camp, because we definitely got players that we targeted and we’re thrilled.”
UXBRIDGE: Ian Law, president and chief instructor at ILR Car Control School, wishes drivers would learn proper vision techniques and how to process what is seen.
“What we do naturally with our eyes, when driving, is the wrong thing. We need to be trained in the techniques of how to use our eyes properly, to be safer on the road. We need to put ourselves in a position where we minimize threats.”
The idea of training drivers came to Ian when he was busy winning the Canadian Auto Slalom Championships, from 1986 to 1989.
“We were trying to make the sport grow. We wanted guys to try it. They’d come out with their fancy cars and get the doors blown off by guys with [driving] technique, and wouldn’t come back,” he said.
Ian began teaching those slalom techniques, which involve racing around pylons in a parking lot, and as drivers benefited from the competition course, they began asking if their families could take the course. In 1989, a non-competitive course was added.
The 1982 Volvo GLT, used in the slalom series, is still owned by Mr. Law. It has 826,000 km on the odometer. Ian will begin his tenth season racing a 250 horsepower 1992 Acura Integra, fitted with a roll cage, a six-point harness, and safety equipment. Sporting full competition brakes and suspension by NEO Motorsports, the Mount Albert-based car will start the CASC GT Championship series in May, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Law looks forward to the GT series, which he has won in a previous season. “Beating the more expensive cars, coming in as a low budget team, is very satisfying,” he said.
Ian, who plays the bagpipes, met Mark Swan, a snare drummer at the time, while both played for the Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums. Despite ongoing friendly rivalries between pipers and drummers, the two had cars in common and Mark started providing support at the track. Next thing he knew, Mark’s neighbour, Steve Ottolini, was asked to bring his wrench-turning skills to the team. Ian can be heard practising his bagpipes at racetracks across southern Ontario in the summer, much to the delight of his competitors. Development driver Matthew Peralto, of Markham, rounds out the crew.
As a race car driver, Ian invites anyone, who wants to learn how to drive competitively, to take a performance course: “Bring any vehicle, as long as it’s safe. You can learn techniques in anything from a Hyundai Elantra to a Porsche 911.”
“Driving too fast is a very common issue,” he said. “Motorists don’t understand vehicle dynamics, don’t understand how little time they are saving by racing around. Do the math!”
When asked what he’d like drivers to change, he answered promptly, “Stop thinking they know it all, when it comes to driving. Too many believe everyone else should improve. They should change their attitudes and realize they are part of the problem.”
ILR Car Control School also offers a winter driving school in Minden. “It’s all about helping motorists know how to control their vehicle in extreme, limited-traction situations, and maintain or regain control of it on ice and snow,” said Ian, who is also an ice racing champion.
Law thinks people are over-confident in the ability of their cars. “All-wheel drive (AWD) is a performance feature, not a safety feature. The only thing AWD does is aid in acceleration. It doesn’t slow you down or help you steer.”
Formerly a professional scuba diver, filming underwater programs all around the world, Ian transitioned to designing roads for the City of Toronto, which he did until 2012, when he turned his focus to automotive instruction, full time.
Now with 22 instructors, many with racetrack experience, offering several courses, Ian is passionate about safety, teaching Ministry of Transport personnel. ILR has developed a Pro-Active driving technique, based on understanding how drivers process information. “Never let other motorists force you into doing something. Don’t let them dictate what you should do,” advises Ian.
“Our course is a college-level course. What you get at other schools is equal to high school,” said Ian, adding that taking the course will help reduce insurance costs “if you don’t have six stars yet.”
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The Uxbridge Bruins have their backs against the wall in the PJHL Eastern Conference Finals, as of The Standard’s press time, trailing the Napanee Raiders three-games-to-none.
After winning their first Cougar Cup Orr Division championship in a decade, the Bruins advanced to the provincial quarterfinals, where the Raiders awaited, posing a tough challenge, after rolling to the Tod Division title.
Despite winning the coin toss for home ice, the Bruins opted to begin the series on the road, visiting Napanee for Game 1, on Tuesday, March 19th.
The Raiders dominated much of Game 1, out-shooting the Bruins by a margin of 44-19. However, the Bruins still found themselves within striking distance, with less than four minutes to play, when Aiden Reilly scored a power play goal, to cut Napanee’s lead in half. But then, the Bruins could not slip another past the Napanee netminder, as the Raiders added an empty net, powerplay goal with 10 seconds to play, to seal a 3-1 victory.
Looking for a boost, the Bruins returned to the Bear Den on Friday night, with more than 600 fans hoping to roar the home side to victory.
The Bruins looked poised to take an early lead, but saw their powerplay unable to convert. The Raiders would turn the tables, and scored a pair of first period goals.
Just over a minute into the second period, Simon Feig scored, to bring the Bruins to within one. Later in the frame, Justin Bennett was awarded a penalty shot, but saw his attempt stopped, with the Raiders scoring shortly afterwards to push their advantage to 3-1.
An early 3rd period goal by Napanee extended the lead to 4-1, before the Bruins caught a break with an own goal surrendered by Napanee, and credited as a powerplay goal for Reilly, as the Bruins cut the lead to 4-2. However, that would be as close as Uxbridge could manage, with the Raiders adding another late score, to seal a 5-2 victory in Game 2.
On Sunday, March 24th, the Bruins once again headed east to Napanee, looking to claw their way back into the series.
A powerplay goal for the Raiders was the lone goal of the first period. Early in the second period, Toby Cooper netted a powerplay goal, to knot the game 1-1. However, shortly afterwards, the Raiders would reclaim the advantage, netting a pair around the midpoint of the second period.
With time ticking down in the middle frame, Cole Bremner scored, to bring the Bruins back to within a goal. But, that would be as close as Uxbridge would get, as the Raiders added another goal in the third period, to skate to a 4-2 victory. Goaltender Ryan McConkey continued his stellar play, making 47 saves in net for the Bruins.
The Bruins will look to extend the series when Game 4 hits the Bear Den, on Wednesday evening, after The Standard’s press deadline. If Game 5 is needed, it will be played in Uxbridge, on Friday night, at 7:45 p.m. On Sunday night, Game 6 is slated for Napanee, at 7:30, and a climactic Game 7, if needed, will be played in Uxbridge, on Monday, April 1st.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins are inviting their fans to hit the road with them in the PJHL Eastern Conference Finals.
The team announced, last week, they will be offering a fan bus to Game 3 in Napanee, on Sunday, March 24th.
Making their first appearance in the provincial quarterfinals in a decade, after recently defeating the North Kawartha Knights for the Orr Division’s Cougar Cup championship, the Bruins have seen a groundswell of support.
The Bruins opened their best-of-seven series, against the Tod Division champion Napanee Raiders on the road, on Tuesday, March 19th (after The Standard’s press deadline). The action shifts back to the Bear Den for Game 2, on Friday night, March 22nd.
The fan bus for Game 3 is scheduled to leave Uxbridge Arena at 4:30 p.m. sharp, making an additional pick up at 4:50 p.m., at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, before heading to Napanee for the game.
There would be a cost of $25 per person, payable at the time of departure (cash only).
In order for the team to book the bus, they need to know how many people are interested in this venture. Please email Terry Sovie at email@example.com to confirm your booking.
If needed, the Bruins will be hosting back-to-back games in their series against Napanee. Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th, in Uxbridge at 8:15 p.m., and Game 5 will also be at the Bear Den, at 7:45 p.m., on Friday, March 29th.
Game 6 is slated for Sunday, March 31st, at Napanee’s Strathcona Paper Centre, at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 7 will be played at the Bear Den, on Monday, April 1st, at 7:45 p.m.
Elsewhere, in the PJHL playoffs, the Northern Conference championship, with the winner to meet the Eastern representative, will pit the Alliston Hornets against the Mount Forest Patriots. The Southern Conference Finals has the Wellesley Applejacks facing the Grimsby Peach Kings. The Western Conference Final pits the Lakeshore Canadians against the Exeter Hawks.
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
W.O. Insurance beat out Hunters Sports Photography, 8-2.
W.O. Insurance goal scorers were Avery Chambers (5), Porter Rehel (2) and Blayke Newport. Assisting were Reilly McCarron (5), Newport, Rehel and Chambers.
Hunters Sports Photography’s goals were by Christopher Sternad and Ryker Dyson. Sternad and Dyson each made an assist for Hunters Sports Photography as well.
Canadian Tire won over Herrington’s Quality Butchers, 10-3.
Scoring for Canadian Tire were Lucas MacNeal (3), Aaron Smurthwaite (2), Reed Darling (2), Ezra Hough (2) and Caleb Persaud. Canadian Tire’s Smurthwaite also earned a point for one assist.
Herrington’s Quality Butchers’ goals came from Mason Price (3).
The match between J.F. Construction and Krown Rust Control ended in a tie, 4-4.
Goal scorers for J.F. Construction were Charlie Langford (2) and Benjamin Armstrong (2). Langford also made one assist for J. F. Construction.
Krown Rust Control’s Onyx Kench (2), Maxwell Silverwood and Logan Edgerton scored. Kench also made one assist for Krown Rust Control.
Scugog House Cleaners beat Unifor Local 1090 for the win, 10-3.
Scugog House Cleaners goal scorers were Trayson Jewell (5), Brody Beaveridge (2), Lucas White, Bradley Cloutier and Lyla Buchanan. Cloutier (2), Beaveridge and Carson Ratych made assists for their team.
Unifor Local 1090 had goals by Jesse Piper (2) and Jackson Powell. The single assist was from Delaney Cornelisse-Hall to support Unifor Local 1090.
Port Perry Dental Associates won over Eco Water Systems, 7-5.
Liam Shisko (4), Hayden Ratych (2) and Liam Craigen were the goal scorers for Port Perry Dental Associates. Addison Noakes made two assists for the team.
Eco Water Systems goal scorers were Liam Kench (2), Jessi Stokes (2) and Samuel Baxter. Brendan Potter and Kench were the players to make assists for Eco Water Systems.
Buck’s Construx took the win against Low & Low Funeral Directors, 8-2.
Buck’s Construx goals were from Carter Scott (6), Brock Joyce and Vennila Sri Ramanan.
Low & Low Funeral Directors goals were by Charlotte Frew (2).
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Goble Transport won over Cochrane Tree Service, 5-3.
Goble Transport’s Jackson Doran (2), Cole Smith, Thomas Langford and Adam Goble were the goal scorers. Assisting were Goble (2) and James Ward.
Cochrane Tree Service had goals from Nathan Watson (3) and one assist from Dylan Grant.
Mondo Hair Salon took the win over All Flags Auto Service, 2-1.
Mondo Hair Salon’s goals were unassisted by Cole Casserly (2).
Lucas Braband was the goal scorer for All Flags Auto Service.
Luchka Float Service earned the win over Rebecca McGarvey-Remax Jazz, 8-4.
Luchka Float Service had goals from Cole Stephens (3), Mari McDowell (2), Shayne Hurst, Shannon Arney and Tim Rudkin. Earning assists for the team were Julianna Williams (3),
Rudkin and Arney. Katie Brown (2) and Aidan Joyce (2) scored for Rebecca McGarvey-Remax Jazz. Jake Buchanan and Abbey Moase each made an assist to support the team.
Urban Landscape Solutions took the win over The Comfort Shoppe, 9-3.
Urban Landscape Solutions goal scorers were Robbie Boadway (4), Cory VanCamp (2), Cael Williams (2) and Natasha Ashby. Allison Brewster made one assist.
The Comfort Shoppe’s Emmalee Beevor, Jack Kehler and Luke Kehler each scored one goal.
J. Wally Nesbitt Special to The Standard
After a two year sabbatical, Jason Hathaway will return to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series on a full time basis for 2019.
Aboard the familiar No. 3 Ed Hakonson Racing/ Team 3 Red Chevrolet Camaro, this year Hathaway will enjoy support and sponsorship with Kubota Canada, Fast Eddie Racewear and Choko Authentics as he prepares for the 13 race NPS season.
“The last couple of years Kubota has been working with us, but they wanted to come on board this year as a primary (sponsor),” explained Hathaway. “They approached me about coming back as the driver, and the team added their support as well. I think the guys just wanted to shut me up!”
Hathaway, who has nine career victories in Canada’s only professional stock car racing series, comes back to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with a fresh point of view.
“Until 2017, I had only seen the races from the driver’s seat, and I never saw the full picture. I’ve learned a lot from watching from the outside, not only watching our team, but watching other teams as well. I think that gives us an advantage going into this year.”
Hathaway and the Stouffville-based E.H.R. team will begin their 2019 campaign at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over the Victoria Day Speedfest weekend, returning to the Bowmanville-area facility in late August.