DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks are facing elimination in the Orr Division finals.
The MoJacks are trailing the Lakefield Chiefs, three-games-to-one, heading into a crucial Game 5 in Lakefield, on Tuesday, March 13th, past The Standard’s press deadline.
After dropping the first game of the series 4-2, in Lakefield on Tuesday, March 6th, the MoJacks bounced back with a win on home ice a day later.
The only goal in that game came almost three and a half minutes into the first period. On a MoJack power play, Graham Lamers scored what would later be the game winner. Shawn Mabley made 36 saves, for the shutout, and the MoJacks won Game 2 by a score of 1-0, tying the series at one game each.
However, the MoJacks were unable to get a win in Game 3 of the series, on Friday, March 9th, in Lakefield.
The MoJacks had a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play, thanks to goals from Brady Martin and Kody Fruhner.
Over 13 minutes into the second period, Mitch Gustavsen scored, expanding Port Perry’s lead to 3-0. But, three straight Lakefield goals, in a span of about a minute and a half, tied the game 3-3. With a bit over two minutes remaining in the second frame, Derek Risebrough scored a power play goal, giving Port Perry their lead back.
But, that lead didn’t last. Lakefield’s Aaron Vatcher scored three times in the third period, and the Chiefs held on to beat the MoJacks 6-4.
Port Perry looked to rebound from that loss in Game 4, on Sunday, March 11th, at Scugog Arena.
Almost 11 and a half minutes into the first period, Austin Mackie tipped a shot from Dan Harris into the Lakefield net, for a power play goal, giving Port Perry a 1-0 lead.
Then, with 47 seconds remaining in the period, Mitch Gustavsen’s shot found twine, extending the MoJacks lead to 2-0.
ConHowever, the Chiefs scored twice in the second period, and the game was tied after 40 minutes of play.
Just 18 seconds into the third frame, Lakefield scored, taking their first lead of the game 3-2. The MoJacks tied the game 11 minutes in, as Risebrough fired a slap shot past Lakefield’s goaltender. But, over a minute later, the Chiefs put the puck past MoJacks goaltender Shawn Mabley, and held on to beat Port Perry 4-3.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle spoke about what the coaching staff’s message to the team is, heading into a possible elimination game in Lakefield, on Tuesday.
“Continue playing hard, they way they have been, and good things happen when you work hard. The message is to continue with the game plan and continue working hard,” he said.
If the MoJacks win Game 5, Game 6 will be held on Friday, March 16th, at 7:25 p.m., at Scugog Arena. If necessary, Game 7 is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th, in Lakefield.
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
Hunter Sports Photography won over Herrington’s Quality Butchers, 6-4. Hunter Sports Photography’s goals were from Mitchell Blakley (3), Bradley Cloutier, Liam Morrison and Trayson Jewellz. Herrington’s Quality Butchers goals were from Jackson Powell (4).
Canadian Tire beat out W.O. Insurance, 18-2. Scoring for Canadian Tire were Griffen Jones (8), Carson Ratych (4), Luke Shisko (4) and Hudson Keeler (2). Assisting were Jones (2) and Keeler. W.O. Insurance had goals by Emmett Baxter and Onyx Kench with an assist from Avery Chambers.
J. F. Construction won over Krown Rust Control, 5-3. J.F. Construction’s goals were by Ethan Nicol (2), Samuel Baxter, Julia Leith and Addison Noakes. Krown Rust Control had goals from Delaney Cornelissa Hall (3) with an assist from Ethan Binns.
Unifor Local 1090 won the game against Scugog House Cleaners, 9-5. Cole Price (6) and Caitlyn Milford (3) were the goal scorers for Unifor Local 1090. Assisting was Hayden Ratych (2). Scugog House Cleaners goals were by Carter Scott (5).
Low & Low Funeral Directors took the win against Port Perry Dental, 7-3. Low & Low Funeral Directors goal scorers were Ryan Vernon (4) and Jackson Cole (3). Assisting were Cole and Cohen Cabral. Port Perry Dental Associates had goals from James Leith (2) and Thomas Worona, with an assist from Oliver Worona.
Eco Water Systems took the win over Buck’s Construx, 3-2. Eco Water Systems goals were by Franklyn Sleep, Austin Dale and Nolan Keith. Assisting were Sleep and Dale. Buck’s Construx had goals from Myles Prusinski and Merrick Lawson.
PEEWEE / BANTAM:
Goble Transport earned the win over All Flags Auto Service, 10-2. Goble Transport’s Tyler Moore (3), Adam Goble (3), Torin Moore (2), Cole Casserly and Emily Goble were the goal scorers. Assisting were Adam Goble (2), Tyler Moore (2) and Logan Kveton-Roy. Scoring both All Flags Auto Service goals was Tyler Malarczuk.
Cochrane Tree Service beat out Mondo Hair Salon, 6-3. Cochrane Tree Service had goals by Jake Buchanan (2), Thomas Langford (2) and Lucas Braband (2). Rhianna Boadway, Owen Chaikosky and Braband were the players making assists. Mondo Hair Salon had goals from James Shier, Isabella O’Donoghue and Nathan Watson. Assisting were Malarczuk and O’Donoghue.
Urban Landscape Solutions earned the win over Rebecca McGarvey - Remax Jazz, 6-2. Urban Landscape’s Sean Ashby (4), Karrah Mulligan and Shannon Arney scored the goals. Assisting were Arney (2), Mari McDowell, Mulligan and Ashby. Rebecca McGarvey - Remax Jazz had goals from Lane Horton and Aidan Braband, with an assist from Sierra Frew.
The Comfort Shoppe came up ahead of Luchka Float Service, 9-3. The Comfort Shoppe’s Benjamin Sargent (4), Corey VanCamp (2), Hannah Buchanan, Jake Buchanan and Cameron Barkey were the goal scorers, while Katie Brown made an assist. Luchka Float Service’s Tim Rudkin (2) and Cael Williams scored, with an assist from Allison Brewster ended the day.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks will face the Lakefield Chiefs in the Cougar Cup finals, after winning their series against the Uxbridge Bruins four-games-to-one.
After getting pummelled 7-2 by the Bruins in Game 3, the MoJacks won the next two games, to eliminate the Bruins and advance to the Orr division finals.
Both teams battled hard in game 4 at Uxbridge Arena, on Tuesday, February 27th, with the MoJacks prevailing in overtime by a score of 4-3.
The MoJacks got the first lead of the game over six minutes in, as Ben Sheremeta wired a shot past Bruin goalie Ryan McConkey. Then, with 21 seconds left in the first period, Graham Lamers scored, expanding Port Perry’s lead to 2-0.
But, almost three minutes into the second period, the Bruins lit the lamp, cutting Port Perry’s lead in half. The MoJacks got the two-goal lead back though. Eight and a half minutes in, Josh Dickson put the puck in the net, giving the MoJacks a 3-1 lead. The Bruins later scored, and the period ended with Port Perry on top 3-2.
Two and a half minutes into the third period, after Matt Doucette took a high sticking penalty, the Bruins scored a power play goal, knotting the game 3-3. Both goalies were solid late in the period, and the game was decided in overtime.
Almost 13 minutes into the 20 minute overtime session, Mitch Gustavsen scored the winning goal, as Port Perry won the game 4-3.
After the game, both head coaches, Tom Boyle of Port Perry and Rob Acton of Uxbridge, received two game suspensions.
The MoJacks took advantage of the opportunity to eliminate the Bruins in Game 5 at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 28th.
The game was deadlocked until late in the first period. With less than four minutes remaining, Graham Lamers scored his 16th goal of the playoffs, giving the MoJacks a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins tied the game over eight minutes into the second period, but the MoJacks got the lead back late in the period. After a MoJack shot rang off the post, the puck came to Kody Fruhner who put it in the net.
Both teams battled hard in the third period, but no goals were scored in the third frame. Shawn Mabley stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the game, and the MoJacks won 2-1.
“Today was a playoff hockey game,” Patrick Jobb, MoJacks assistant coach, told The Standard after the game. “2-1 final, that’s what this time of year is all about. We weathered their storm, they are a good hockey team. They came and they pushed and I’m proud of the guys, the way they played tonight.”
The MoJacks opened their series against the Chiefs in Lakefield, on Tuesday, March 6th, past The Standard’s press deadline.
Jobb spoke about what the MoJacks need to do to beat the first place Chiefs.
“We need to play a full 60 minutes every night. They’re a great team, they’ve got great players, they’re rested. We just need to be prepared, and we need to come to work every single night.”
Game 2 will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, at Scugog Arena at 7:25 p.m. Game 3 will take place on Friday, March 9th, at 7:25 p.m., in Lakefield. The series will return to Scugog Arena for Game 4, on Sunday, March 11th, at 2:25 p.m.
If necessary, Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th in Lakefield. Puck drop for that game is 7:25 p.m. Game 6 is scheduled for Friday, March 16th at Scugog Arena, and if still necessary, Game 7 will be held on Saturday, March 17th.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks currently hold a two-games-to-one lead on their second round playoff series, against the Uxbridge Bruins.
The two teams opened the series at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 21st. The game didn’t start well for the MoJacks. Just 21 seconds in, the Bruins scored the first goal of the game. The MoJacks had several quality scoring chances in the first period, but just couldn’t put anything past Bruin goalie Ryan McConkey, in the first frame.
But, about five and a half minutes into the second period, on a MoJack power play, Jeff Gauld fired a shot past McConkey, tying the game 1-1. Over two and a half minutes later, Brady Martin tipped the puck past the Bruin goalie, and Port Perry took their first lead of the game.
Dan Harris scored the clinching goal late in the third period, and the MoJacks won the first game of the series 3-1.
The MoJacks continued to roll in Game 2 at Uxbridge Arena, on Friday, February 23rd, winning the game 7-4.
Just like in the first game, the Bruins opened the scoring, putting the puck in the net over eight minutes in the game.
However, just 11 seconds into the second frame, Graham Lamers scored, tying the game 1-1. But, over two minutes in, the Bruins recaptured the lead. About four minutes later, the Bruins, again, put the puck in the net, for a 3-1 lead. The MoJacks pushed back though, with power play goals later on in the period, from Derek Risebrough and Austin Mackie, and the game was tied 3-3 after 40 minutes of play.
Over three and a half minutes into the third period, the Bruins took a 4-3 lead, but over two minutes later, Lamers scored his second goal of the game, knotting the game 4-4. Eight minutes after that, Spencer Robinson put the puck in the net. Just 49 seconds later, Mitch Gustavsen scored, giving Port Perry a 6-4 lead. Adam Turner later scored an empty net goal, and Port Perry won Game 2 by a score of 7-4.
However, the MoJacks struggled in Game 3, held at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, February 25th, against a desperate Bruins squad.
Before the start of the game, Risebrough was recognized, by convenor Liz Basinger, as the PJHL Orr Division’s player of the month, for the month of January.
The game was scoreless until late in the first period. With just one second left on the clock, the Bruins put the puck past MoJacks goaltender Shawn Mabley.
Then, a little over a minute into the second period, the Bruins again lit the lamp, extending their lead to 2-0. Almost three minutes later, the Bruins again extended their lead to 3-0.
After that goal, the MoJacks decided to make a goalie change, sending in Corey Kuypers. The MoJacks responded, as just 25 seconds later, Lamers’ shot squeaked past McConkey, cutting the Bruins’ lead to 3-1.
But, almost 13 minutes in, the Bruins put the puck past Kuypers, giving them a 4-1 lead. Just 32 seconds later, Lamers scored his second goal of the game, and his 14th goal of the playoffs, cutting the Bruins’ lead to 4-2.
But, that was as close as the game would get. The Bruins scored three goals in the third period, and won the game 7-2.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said he hoped game 3 was a wake up call for the MoJacks players.
“I tried to warn them before the game. [Assistant coach Patrick Jobb] and I spoke to them about being up by two [games], and Game 3 is a key game and we needed to be ready for a big push from Uxbridge, and they had their big push and we didn’t respond,” he said.
With the MoJacks having surrendered the first goal of the game in all three games in this series, Jobb spoke about what the team needs to do to get out to an early lead in the next game.
“They need to come to the rink prepared. That was two or three games in the first series as well, that’s six of seven games where we’ve allowed the first goal. We need to be ready to go from the drop of the puck,” he said.
The two teams played Game 4 of the series at Uxbridge Arena, on Tuesday, Feb. 27th, past The Standard’s press deadline.
Game 5 will be held at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:25 p.m.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: Over the past few seasons, many of the Lindsay Muskies have continued on in their hockey and academic careers, after their time with the Fish. It has not been often though that two players who were teammates in Lindsay went on to play together at the NCAA Division 3 level, but that is exactly what happened to Pickering native Joey Vocino and Lindsay’s Stuart Fierheller, as the pair both wound up continuing their education and hockey careers, at SUNY (State University New York) in Canton, New York. Both are doing well with their hockey, and excelling in their educational endeavors, as I found out during interviews with each of them recently.
Fierheller played with the Muskies over a period of five years, from 2011 to 2016, and a further 28 games with the Brockville Braves, at the tail end of the 2016 season. During his time with the Muskies, he was easily the most involved in community events that went on in local schools, with Boys and Girls Club, and other events in general. Although this season, his second at SUNY Canton, was shortened slightly by an injury at the end. He has played 26 games with the Kangaroos over the past two years. The school hockey season is a short one, with 25 games packed in between Oct 28th 2017, and Feb 11th 2018.
“Hockey is going well. The team is taking steps to break school records every year. The season is short and taxing with 26 games and practice almost every day,” said Fierheller.
While he is having fun with the hockey, the schooling is also going very well.
“I’m currently in the business administration program and will be moving into a management program next year. Last year I was highest GPA in my program and an all American academic”, Fierheller wrote via email. “My future plans include getting my full degree, with possibilities of several minors in accounting, finance or economics”.
When asked about his hockey future, Stuart said he would just like to continue playing the game for as long as he possibly can, wherever that may be.
Vocino played two full seasons with the Muskies in 2013/14 and 2014/15. The 23 year old went to the Roos a year earlier than Fierheller, and has just completed his third and final season there.
In describing his time playing hockey in Canton, he said the team has enjoyed several huge victories over nationally ranked opponents and he has worked hard to gain the trust of his coaches and teammates to earn a larger role on the team.
“When my Sophomore year concluded, I was recognized as the Most Improved Player. Now, as my third year on the team comes to a close, I am definitely a much more confident player at both ends of the ice”.
Also this year he became the Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committees goal was to help bring awareness to different events, such as the school’s Special Olympics.
Vocino’s achievements in the classroom have been impressive as well.
“I am currently in my final semester at SUNY Canton. Over the past three years I have been able to find academic success, which has given me the opportunity to graduate a year early. During my three years, I held the highest GPA in my program each academic year, as well, I was named to the Non-USCAA All-Academic Team each season. I was also honoured, at the end of my Sophomore year, as a SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipient, which recognizes my success both in the classroom and on the ice. This May 2018, I will be graduating SUNY Canton with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Psychology”.
When asked what his future may hold, he was quick to say that his line of work will eventually be in the field of education.
“I am currently applying to a concurrent Bachelor of Education and Master’s Program. As for hockey, I am not sure where my skates will take me, but I am definitely not closing the door on my hockey career just yet”!
All of us, with the Lindsay Muskies organization, are proud to see our guys move on successfully, and it was a real pleasure to catch up with these guys and we wish them both continued success.
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It ended in a 3-3 tie between Herrington’s Quality Butchers and Canadian Tire.
Scoring for Herrington’s Quality Butchers was Jackson Powell (3), and assisting was Nathan Fraser.
Canadian Tire’s goals came from Griffen Jones (3).
W.O. Insurance won over Hunter’s Sports Photography, 5-3.
W.O. Insurance’s Lucas White (3) and Onyx Kench (2) were the goal scorers.
Hunter’s Sports Photography had goals from Trayson Jewellz (2) and Aaron Smurthwaite.
J.F. Construction took the win over Scugog House Cleaners, 4-1.
J.F. Construction’s Julia Leith, Ethan Nicol, Samuel Baxter and Liam Shisko were the goal scorers.
Carter Scott was the goal scorer for Scugog House Cleaners.
Unifor Local 1090 won over Krown Rust Control, 6-4.
Unifor Local 1090 had goals from Cole Price (4), Liam Craigen and Caitlyn Milford. Assisting for Unifor Local 1090 was Karsen Page.
Krown Rust Control’s Delaney Cornelisse Hall (2), Landon Lewis and Ethan Binns scored. Liam O’Donoghue and Lyla Buchanan each made an assist.
Eco Water Systems won over Port Perry Dental Associates, 6-2.
Eco Water Systems goals were by Nolan Keith (4) and Franklyn Sleep (2), with an assist from Christopher Thomas.
Port Perry Dental Associates had goals from James Leith (2).
Low & Low Funeral Directors earned the win over Buck’s Construx, 12-1.
Low & Low Funeral Directors’ goals came from Cohen Cabral (4), Jackson Cole (3), Logan Noakes (2), Sully Vaughan (2) and Jessi Stokes.
Buck’s Construx solo goal came from Myles Prusinski, and was assisted by Ethan Powell.
PEEWEE / BANTAM:
All Flags Auto Service won over Cochrane Tree Service, 9-1.
Scoring for All Flags Auto Service were Tyler Malarczuk (4), Dylan Grant (3), Cole Stephens and Luke Kehler. Assisting were Lance Miller, Julian Peckford, Stephens and Malarczuk.
Cochrane Tree Service’s goal came from Lucas Braband.
Goble Transport beat out Mondo Hair Salon, 5-0.
Goble Transport’s goal scorers were Adam Goble (2), Cole Casserly, Tyler Moore and Leah Seeney. Emily Goble and Adam Goble each had an assist.
The Comfort Shoppe took the win over Urban Landscape, 7-3.
Scoring for The Comfort Shoppe were Corey VanCamp (3), Benjamin Sargent (2), Cameron Barkey and Jake Buchanan. Also earning one assist was Barkey.
Urban Landscape Solutions goal scorers were Chad Arney, Shannon Arney and Sean Ashby. Assisting were Karrah Mulligan (2) and Ashby.
Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz won over Luchka Float Service, 5-2.
Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz had goals from Lane Horton (2), Aidan Joyce (2) and Aidan Braband. Assisting for Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz were Robert Goss and Braband.
Allison Brewster and Tim Rudkin scored for Luchka Float Service. Also earning one assist was Rudkin.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies got on a roll at the end of the season, that saw them win their last four games including an impressive 3-2 overtime finale, over the conference leading Aurora Tigers in Aurora, Saturday night.
Although the Muskies were outshot pretty heavily in the first period they were able to keep the Aurora good scoring chances to a minimum, and escaped the period with a 1-0 lead, thanks to Stefan Palatsidis’s 7th goal of the season, at 10:13, from Clay Coles. Blake Curran continued his solid goaltending of late, keeping the high powered Tigers offense at bay.
There was no scoring in the second period, but of note was the tremendous work of the Lindsay penalty killers, as they stymied a long Aurora two man advantage, late in the period. Also of note, at the halfway point of the period, Aurora changed goaltenders pulling Jack Irvine in favour of Calder Stark. Irvine was playing a solid game, and I think the rationale of the move was just to get both goalies some playing time before the playoffs start.
In the third period, a questionable call on a hit was made by the referee that was 150 feet away, rather than the one that was skating nearby, sending Aurora to a powerplay that they would capitalize on. The goal was scored, at 2:28, from Jake Bricknell, Zack Wilkie, and Lindsay native and former Muskie Austin Eastman. Eastman would haunt his former team again at 5:33, when he picked up an assist on the Aurora go ahead goal, by Anthony Romano. The other assist on that one went to Bricknell.
The Muskies continued to press though, and just after an Aurora penalty had ended Palatsidis scored his 2nd of the night, beating Stark high on a rebound, at 12:04. The Muskies defence and goaltending held the fort, during a late Aurora offensive burst, to force overtime.
In the overtime, Brendan Tomilson’s 3rd goal of the year, a blast from the point silenced the home crowd, but not the many Muskie fans who had made the trip. The goal came at 2:08, and was assisted by Joey Campbell, and Brandon Carr-Ansah.
Many fans had made the trip down to catch the final OJHL game of two Muskie players, Emerson Ducasse who joined the team this season, and fan favourite Owen Barnett who played portions of five seasons with the Fish. The hallway was certainly crowded outside the Muskies dressing room with family members and young fans looking for autographs. I was able to track down the scorers for the Muskies for their comments afterwards.
“It was a nice win”, said Palatsidis as he came out of the dressing room to sign a few autographs.
“We kept it simple and bought into the team first plan”.
Brendan Tomilson almost looked a little lost for words, describing his overtime winner.
“I just took the pass, had a quick look at the net, shot, and hoped for the best”.
The win brings an end to the season which saw the team get very hot at the end, winning five of their last six, but unable to overcome a slow start, meaning they will miss the playoffs.
Judging by the mood in that hallway though, after the game, there where definitely a lot of people looking forward to next season.
Thank you all for your ongoing support this year...looking forward to many more happy endings next year.
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When the final buzzer sounds on Saturday, February 24th, at the Aurora Community Center, it will mark the end of an era for Lindsay Muskies defenseman Owen Barnett.
The Newmarket, Ont. native began his Jr. A hockey career as a call up with the Muskies, during the 2013/14 season, playing three games, and over the next four seasons his total would become 199 games for the franchise.
He recently told me his thoughts on initially joining the team, and his feelings at the time.
“After playing AAA for the Markham Waxer's for 3 years, I was AP'D to play for the Muskies, and really got a feel of the Junior A level. All the guys were friendly and welcomed me in the room. It felt like a team that I wanted to be a part of. The next year I made the jump, and signed as a Muskie during my grade 12 year. It was hard to juggle school and hockey, but, when you do what you love, you make the time”, he said recently via email.
Owen has steadily received a larger role on the team, as the years have gone past, to the point where he is currently an assistant Captain, something he takes a lot of pride in.
Muskie fans have become quite used to seeing #7 on the ice, in all kinds of situations, whether it be on the power play, killing penalties, or in key situations late in games, but there is an awful lot more to know and like about this young man off the ice as well.
Owen is very big in community involvement, both with the team and on his own. My first dealing with Owen off the ice was a very touching moment, while filming a promo for our 'Pink In The Rink' game, where we asked players to talk about how cancer had effected them in their lifetime. His time on camera was short, but personal and left a lasting impression with me. I also, over the years, have attended the Lindsay 'Jolly Jog' with him, and watched him fumble awkwardly with ladies wear, at the BOB FM Bras Around The Building campaign. He has also taken part in ball hockey events, at local schools and at the Boys and Girls Club.
What I didn’t know about Owen was his involvement away from the team with different organizations.
For instance, he spends a lot of time with the Minor Bantam Central Ontario Wolves, a team that is now coached by former Muskies Assistant Coach, Justin Wollacott.
“Owen has been a great help with our team”, says Woolacott. “Very dependable and great with the kids. The kids really look up to him and he provides a great example for them.”
Barnett also spends a lot of time at the National Training Rink, teaching kids the basic skills of hockey and offering encouragement to do their best.
Part of my responsibility, with the Muskies, is to gather information about players for the programs that we sell on game nights. When thinking about this article, I was remembering something that Owen had touched on a few years back. I could not find the information though, and had to reach out to Owen’s mother Debbie to help jog my memory.
“He is very good with kids”, writes Debbie Barnett. “He worked with the special needs kids during his high school years, and was a part of the Best Buddy program. They paired him with a special needs person who loved and played hockey. They would eat lunch together or go to each others games. Owen won an award in grade 12, the "Optimist Character Matters Award", for his compassion towards the special needs group in his classes”.
His Coaches were quick to respond with words of praise for Barnett, when I approached them for comments.
Current Muskies Assistant Coach, Jon Campbell said, “It has been my pleasure working with [him], and watching Barney grow as a player, becoming our assistant [coach], as well as a person. I have always looked forward [to] talking and interacting [with him] through the seasons. Barney has brought a calming presence on the back end, he is a player who I can depend on in any situation. I am going to miss talking and helping him develop his game”.
Justin Woolacott also added, “In regards to coaching, Barney, he was always [a] respectful and hardworking player that just loves the game. He always showed up to the rink with a positive mind set, and was a leader on and off the ice. I appreciate that I've had the opportunity to get to know him”.
Dan West, Lindsay Muskies current Head Coach, was also full of praise for the departing veteran.
“Reflecting back on Barney's time in Lindsay, I think of his team-first attitude, his growth as a leader on the ice, in the dressing room, in our community, and the cannon of a shot he has. Owen has one of the hardest shots in the league, many opponents, as well as teammates in practice, can attest to that. 'He is a player who can be depended upon in all situations', is a favourite of his teammates, for his willingness to battle and compete, and [he] is the first to volunteer his time at team events. His positive attitude and willingness to grow/learn, even as a last year player, have made him a pleasure to work with over the past 4 seasons. Watching Owen's growth and development as a person and a player have been very gratifying. His parents, Al and Debbie, are amazing people and I am sure they are proud of Owen in every way. They have done a fine job in raising a thoughtful, caring and hard working young man. On behalf of the entire organization and the community of Lindsay, I would like to thank Owen for his service, and wish him the very best in the future”.
Barnett himself, normally a man of very few words, had plenty to say, when reflecting back on his time as a Muskie.
“I have been fortunate to have many of the same coaching staff for the last 4 years, and I want to thank Dan West, Jon Campbell, Greg Seiler, Wayne Verge, and Rob Jenkins for mentoring me, teaching me new things, and guiding me along the way. Thank you, to Katelyn Lockwood, who always took care of my hockey injuries, and Harold and Mark, who are always there to take our care of our equipment, and to all the other staff that run the front door, especially Hilda a long time volunteer, who always has a welcoming smile or a hello for me. I have lived in Lindsay, with a billet family and I want to thank Jennifer Pearson, her son Steve and her family, for making me feel so welcomed and comfortable, like it's my second home. Without great coaches and a wonderful billet family, hockey would not be the same game to play”.
And no interview with a player would be complete without thanking the people who have probably had more to do with his success than anyone.
“My parents were my biggest supporters, attending almost every game over my many years of hockey, driving all over the place for games, and supporting me at all times, whether it was a good game or bad”.
It has been my pleasure, as well, to not only watch Owen play for all of these years, but also to get to know him and his parents. They will all be missed around the rink.
TARA FREW Special to the Standard
TYKE: Hunter Sports Photography won over Canadian Tire, 6-2. Bradley Cloutier (3), Aaron Smurthwaite, Trayson Jewellz and Liam Marrison were the goal scorers for Hunter Sports Photography. Canadian Tire’s goals came from Griffen Jones and Hudson Keeler.
Herrington’s Quality Butchers beat W.O. Insurance, 8-0. Jackson Powell (7) and Lucah Depooter scored for Herrington’s, while Nathan Fraser (2) and Jaden Reid assisted.
NOVICE: Unifor Local 1090 beat out J.F. Construction, 5-4. Unifor Local 1090 had goals from Cole Price (5) and Caitlyn Milford. Assisting were Milford (2), Karsen Page and Hayden Ratych. J.F. Construction’s goal scorers were Liam Shisko (2), Liam Bentley and Ethan Nicol.
Krown Rust Control took the win against Scugog House Cleaners, 5-0. Krown Rust Control’s goals came from Joel Morrow (2), Ethan Binns (2) and Delaney Cornelisse-Hall.
ATOM: Port Perry Dental Associates won over Buck’s Construx, 3-1. Port Perry Dental Associates had goals scored by Oliver Worona (2) and James Leith, with an assist from Tom Worona. Buck’s Construx solo goal came from Myles Prusinski.
Low & Low Funeral Directors took the win against Eco Water Systems, 5-2. Scoring for Low & Low Funeral Directors were Sully Vaughan (2), Ryan Vernon, William Pelton and Cohen Cabral. Assisting were Cabral, Jessi Stokes and Vaughan. Eco Water Systems goals were from Franklyn Sleep and Nolan Keith. Keith also made one assist.
PEEWEE / BANTAM:All Flags Auto Service took the win against Mondo Hair Salon, 3-2. All Flags Auto Service goals were by Lance Miller, Tyler Malarczuk and Dylan Grant. Scoring for Mondo Hair Salon were James Shier and Nathan Watson.
Goble Transport won over Cochrane Tree Service, 4-0. Bailey Wilson, Cole Casserly, Leah Seeney and Tyler Moore scored the Goble Transport goals. Assisting were Seeney and Logan Kveton-Roy.
MIDGET: The Comfort Shoppe beat out Rebecca McGarvey - Remax Jazz, 5-4. Corey VanCamp (3), Katie Brown and Benjamin Sargent scored. Assisting were Jake Buchanan (2) and VanCamp. Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz had goals from Aidan Joyce (3) and Lane Horton, with an assist from Aidan Braband.
Urban Landscape Solutions won over Luchka Float Service, 7-5. Urban Landscape Solutions goals were from Chad Arney (3), Shannon Arney (2) and Sean Ashby (2). Assisting were Sean Ashby (3) and Jack Farrugia. Luchka Float Service’s goals came from Robbie Boadway (3) and Cael Williams (2).
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks earned the right to play against the Uxbridge Bruins, in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Orr Division semifinals, by finishing a sweep of their first round series against the Georgina Ice.
The MoJacks defeated the Georgina Ice 5-2, on Tuesday, Feb. 13th, to win the series four-games-to-none.
The game was scoreless until the second period. Just 53 seconds into that period, Graham Lamers scored a power play goal, putting the MoJacks on top 1-0. Then, over three minutes in, Lamers again found the back of the net on the power play, extending Port Perry’s lead to 2-0. Georgina would later score, and the period ended with a 2-1 MoJack lead.
Over a minute into the third period, Mitch Gustavsen lit the lamp, restoring Port Perry’s two-goal lead. But, over a minute later, the Ice put the puck in the net, and again pulled within a goal of tying the game. Almost two minutes later though, on a MoJack power play, Kody Fruhner scored, and Port Perry led 4-2. Ian Elkins later added a goal, and the MoJacks finished the game with a 5-2 victory, finishing their best of seven series against Georgina.
The MoJacks will open the semifinal series, against Uxbridge on home ice, at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 21st. Puck drop for that game is 7:25 p.m. Game two will take place at Uxbridge Arena, on Friday, February 23rd, at 7:45 p.m. Game 3 of the series will be held, on Sunday, February 25th, at 2:25 p.m., at Scugog Arena. The series will then shift back to Uxbridge Arena for Game 4, on Tuesday, February 27th. Puck drop for that game is 8:15 p.m. Game 5, if necessary, will be held at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:25 p.m. Game 6, if necessary, will be played on Friday, March 2nd, at Uxbridge Arena. Also if necessary, Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th, at Scugog Arena.