SCUGOG: An eventful week for the Port Perry MoJacks ended, with the team facing elimination at the hands of the Clarington Eagles, as of The Standard’s press deadline.
The MoJacks are trailing the Eagles three-games-to-two, heading into Game 6 on Tuesday evening in Bowmanville, following an acrimonious week that saw the two sides forced to replay most of Game 3 on Wednesday night, following a successful protest by the Eagles over a rules infraction in the original game last Sunday.
The MoJacks would skate to a 4-3 win over the Eagles at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Feb. 26th, but the game was marred by controversy after an incident seven minutes into the action, when goaltender Shawn Mabley was sent to the bench to put on his neck guard. However, under Hockey Canada rules, the MoJacks would have had to either send backup goalie Brett Chandler into the game or serve a two-minute delay of game penalty. When MoJacks staff asked the referee, he said to simply have the goalie put on his neck guard and re-enter the game. Mabley would do just that and help the MoJacks to a 4-3 win.
On Tuesday, after the Eagles had evened the series with a 1-0 win in Bowmanville on Monday night, the Ontario Hockey Association ruled in favour of Clarington following a formal protest by the Eagles, forcing Game 3 to be replayed, starting from the 13:00 mark of the first period.
In the second go-round for the Game, the result would be the same, although it would take almost five full periods, with Graham Lamers scoring the winner, with just over a minute remaining in the second overtime, to lift Port Perry to a 2-1 victory. Chris Polito and Toby Cooper picked up assists on the goal, as Game 3 came to an end more than three days after it began.
With ice time scarce in Port Perry, the teams were then forced into an extended layoff, with Game 5 not played until Sunday afternoon, and the Eagles taking a 2-1 win to soar to the lead in the series. The lone MoJacks’ goal came on the powerplay late in the first period, by Konrad Piorkowski, assisted by Brady Martin and Cooper.
The MoJacks will now hope to battle back against the Eagles, to force a Game 7 at Scugog Arena on Wednesday evening, with the winner moving on to battle the Lakefield Chiefs for the Cougar Cup Orr Division championship.