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NORTH DURHAM: It was a successful weekend for two local teams competing in the Provincial Senior Qualifiers this past weekend.
At the Napanee Curling Club, a total of seventeen teams were entered in the Senior Womens Qualifier. Port Perry’s Carol Jackson came out A-side with four straight victories, clinching her spot at the Senior Provincials next month in Lindsay. Team Jackson played well all weekend, but needed to score two in the final end of the A-Final with hammer, to win 6-5 over Team Mulville from the Royal Kingston Curling Club. Curling with Carol are Laura Davis-Cook, Marilyn Plekaitis, and Pat Reid.
On the Mens side, Uxbridge’s Gary Grant skipped Bill Harrison, Dave Farr, and Randy Grant to three wins, winning A-side of the Provincial Senior Qualifier in Bradford. After beating Oakville’s Bruce Webster in they opening game, the team held on for the 6-5 victory over Rob Lobel from Scarboro Golf. In the A-Final, Grant Jumped out to the 6-2 lead after four ends, but let Guy Racette from The Royals claw back to tie the game with one end left, but Grant was able to take his single in the final end and win 7-6.
Congratulations Team Jackson and Team Grant. Provincials will be held February 15th -19th at the Lindsay Curling Club, where I would expect a lot of local fans will make the trip north to cheer on these teams.
Grant takes Uxspiel
While Gary and Randy Grant were competing at the Senior Qualifiers, it was another Grant, Karri-Lee Grant, no relation, from Thornhill, that won the mixed Uxspiel at the Uxbridge Curling Club.
Grant skipped her team of John Milne, Debbie Milne, and Glen Gagnon to two victories, including scoring maximum points in their first game, to the overall championship. Uxbridge’s Barry Acton skipped Lynda Acton, Howard Harper, and Brenda Harper also had two victories on the early draw, but it was Grant that won on total points.
Teams were treated to lunch and dinner, prepared by Mad Millie’s. Big thank you to ServiceMaster, for sponsoring the event and to Derek Marques for being the drawmaster.
Next up for the Uxbridge Curling Club is the Mens Cowspiel on February 4th, which is still looking for teams to fill the event.
Herrington’s Won by Thompson
At Port Perry’s Herrington’s Mixed Bonspiel, Rob Thompson skipped his team to three victories and the overall championship. His team was made up of Deb Thompson, Brian Murphy, and Andra Sers.
On the early draw, Port’s John Butler also won his three games, but would have to settle for second place. His team was made up of Alice Beatty, Ron Parish, and Renee Parish. In third place was Bert Hutcheon’s team.
A great day was had by everyone including a delicious roast beef dinner prepared by Red Carpet Catering. Thanks to Brent Herrington from Herrington Quality Butchers for their sponsorship of the popular local event and Paul Coveart for being the draw master for the event.
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KAWARTHA: The Lindsay Muskies chase for the final playoff spot in the North East Division was dealt a temporary blow Sunday afternoon, when the Fish were defeated by the Dukes in wellington by a score of 8-2.
Brayden Stortz got Wellington on the board at 11:46 of the first, on a goal from Nic Mucci and Bryson Michel. The score would remain 1-0 till the 30 second mark of the second period, when Stortz would score again from Brody Morris and Mucci. Just over a minute later, Ryan Smith would close the gap for Lindsay with his 9th of the year, from Noah Dollo and Russell Nowry, but Wellington then exploded for four goals in just over five minutes.
Stortz completed his hat trick at 2:42, from Mitchel Martan and Colin Doyle. Then, at 3:09 it was Mitchell Mendonca from Rory Milne. Mucci scored from Doyle and Carter Allen at 4:04, then Milne scored from Austin Labelle and Mendonca at 7:24.
The Dukes didn’t let up in the third, going up by a score of 7-1 at 3:18, when Mucci scored from Stortz and Doyle, and Evan Foley scored Wellington’s final goal of the day at 11:18, from Martan and Morris. With 2:10 left to play in the period, Noah Dollo scored his 11th goal of the season for Lindsay, from Dayton Kent and Cam Lamport to make the 8-2 final.
The Muskies won’t have much time to lick their wounds, as they are taking part in a showcase in Trenton midweek. They will face the Pickering Panthers on Tuesday morning in Trenton, then play the home town Golden Hawks Wednesday night, before returning home to host Cobourg on Friday.
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SCUGOG: Three seconds was all that stood between the Port Perry MoJacks and a six-game unbeaten streak, after the Clarington Eagles snatched a 4-3 overtime victory, on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena.
The MoJacks had been on a five-game roll coming into the match-up, and are still locked in a fierce three-way battle for top spot in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Orr Division, as the regular season winds to a close.
It was a busy week for the MoJacks, with six games crammed into a stretch of nine days, but the team proved more than up to the test, winning the first five match-ups.
After posting wins over Georgina and North Kawartha last weekend, the MoJacks were back in action on Tuesday night in Keswick, for another match-up against the Ice. It was a balanced offensive attack for the MoJacks, with Graham Lamers scoring twice and singles chipped in by Mitch Gustavsen, Ben Sheremeta, Brady Martin, Cole Murray and Konrad Piorkowski.
The next night, the MoJacks were back in action, for a rare Wednesday night home game at Scugog Arena, looking to close down the Little Britain Merchants.
The MoJacks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, on a powerplay goal by Lucas Berkers, only to have the Merchants come charging back with three goals in the middle stanza, before Gustavsen added a late marker, to bring Port Perry to within a goal heading into the third period.
The third period saw the MoJacks re-take the lead, behind goals from Jacob Roch and Dan Harris, before the Merchants once again tied the game, on Nick Thomakos’ 15th goal of the season. It appeared that the game was headed to overtime, when Piorkowski provided a MoJacks goal with just 25 seconds remaining in regulation, to seal the victory for Port Perry.
On Saturday night, the teams met for a rematch, in ‘The Sports Capital of the Kawarthas’, and the Merchants jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Jordan Sharpe. However, goals just nine seconds apart by Piorkowski, gave Port Perry a 2-1 advantage, at the end of the opening period.
The MoJacks’ lead extended to 4-1 in the middle frame, after a power play goal from Berkers and a shorthanded marker by Bubba McCullough. The Merchants cut Port Perry’s lead back down to two goals, after Thomakos scored late in the frame.
A shorthanded goal by Thomakos, just under three minutes into the third period, drew Little Britain to within a score, but that would be as close as they got, with the MoJacks reeling off three unanswered goals to take a 7-3 victory. Gustavsen, Luke Wyatt and Piorkowski all scored in the third period for Port Perry.
The MoJacks’ whirlwind stretch of the schedule came to a close, on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena, with the Clarington Eagles in town for a pivotal match-up, for positioning at the top of the standings, as the Eagles look to chase down the MoJacks and Lakefield for first place.
An early shorthanded goal by the Eagles opened the scoring, but McCullough would tie the game with just 29 seconds remaining in the first period. The Eagles soared in the second period, taking a 3-1 lead.
However, in the third period, the MoJacks were able to ruffle the Eagles’ feathers, as Clarington paraded to the penalty box throughout the final frame.
The tide turned for the Eagles in the third period, with Clarington controlling the play for much of the extra frame, only to be foiled by MoJacks goalie Brett Chandler time after time. However, with just three seconds remaining, William Lamoureux found himself uncovered in front of the net, slipping the puck over the line, as the Eagles flew away with two points in the standings. The loss puts the MoJacks two points behind the second place Lakefield Chiefs, and three points ahead of third-place Clarington.
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Kiemele and Rooney Prevail at U18 Event
The Port Perry and Uxbridge Curling Clubs joined forces this past weekend, to host sixteen top Provincial calibre teams, at the first annual North Durham U18 Invitational Cash Spiel.
Eight boys and eight girls teams competed in separate events, with each team guaranteed four games. In this unique event, teams switched clubs for each round-robin game, with the top four teams earning spots in the playoffs, held in Port Perry on Sunday afternoon.
On the girls side, the top four teams were skipped by Emma Clendenan (Galt), Mackenzie Kiemele (Niagara Falls), Port Perry’s Rachel Steele (Annandale), and Parker Doig (Seaforth).
In the semi-finals, Clendenan dominated Doig 8-4, while Kiemele used last rock advantage in the final end to beat Steele 5-4.
In this repeat match of last season’s Provincial Bantam finals, Team Kiemele took three in the fifth and stole a single in the sixth to take the 4-2 lead. After forcing Clendenan to the single in the seventh, Kiemele executed a difficult double take-out, to score her single in the eighth and the 5-3 victory.
On the boys side, the top four qualifiers were Chris Inglis (St.George’s), Hazen Enman (Whitby), Josh Leung (Whitby) and Landen Rooney from Dixie. Port Perry’s Nathan Steele plays second for Team Leung.
Inglis went undefeated in the round-robin, but ran up against a very hot Rooney team who took their single with a clutch draw in the eighth, and booked their spot in the final against Team Leung, who beat Enman 6-2. In the boys final, Rooney scored four in the fourth end and then held Leung to singles, after that, winning 7-4 in convincing fashion.
Thanks to both clubs for being excellent hosts, and all the volunteers and icemakers for all their support this past weekend. The curlers, coaches, and parents had nothing but positive things to say about the event, and are already looking forward to next year. Sounds like this event will become a regular stop on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour.
Jackson Third at Master’s Provincials
Last week, Port Perry’s Carol Jackson represented the club at the Masters Womens Provincials, held at the Glencoe Curling Club near London.
After starting her week off with a loss, Team Jackson put together a string of four wins in a row, to sit atop the standings, with only two games remaining. Jackson would split her final two games and finish the round-robin at 5-2, tied with Galt’s Dale Curtis and Ruth Alexander from Highland.
Jackson would have to play Curtis, Sunday morning in a tiebreaker, with the winner to play Alexander in the Final. Jackson used to play with Curtis, so these teams know each other quite well, but it was Curtis who would score her single, in the final end to win 6-5. Team Curtis would end up beating Alexander 10-1 in the final, to take home the Provincial banner.
Congratulations, to Carol and her team, on a great run and finishing third in the Province. We are all very proud of your accomplishment.
Jefferson Wins Intermediate Qualifier
Uxbridge’s Bruce Jefferson skipped his Unionville foursome to two straight victories, in the Intermediate Mens qualifiers, held at the Oshawa Curling Club. The team beat Uxbridge’s Gary Grant 6-3, then beat Lindsay’s Shannon Beddows 8-6, to earn their spot at the Provincial Qualifiers, on February 10th at the Sutton Curling Club.
If you’re looking to check out some local curling action this Saturday, make sure to visit both of North Durham’s local curling clubs. This Saturday, Port Perry is hosting the annual Herrington’s Mixed Bonspiel, while Uxbridge is hosting the always popular Uxspiel Mixed Bonspiel. Good curling everyone!
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LINDSAY: The Wellington Dukes got two third period goals, 29 seconds apart, to lift them past the Lindsay Muskies by a score of 5-2, Friday night.
Things started off well enough for Lindsay, as they began the game on a power play. Although they did not score on it, they did generate some good chances and some good momentum. Wellington, usually a very disciplined team, found themselves down two men, later in the period. The Muskies did everything but score on that advantage, however Wellington goaltender Victor-Olivier Courchesne bobbled a Darius Kondrotas shot and Ryan Smith was able to slap home a rebound, at 17:28, for a 1-0 lead, that they took to the first intermission. The goal was Smith’s 8th of the year.
It did not take long for the Dukes to tie the game in the second period on a power play of their own, when Brayden Stortz popped a goal from in close, at 2:22. The game remained tied until the 12:09 mark, when Mitchell Mendonca was able to tap one in behind Sean Green in the Lindsay goal. The assists went to Nic Mucci, and Hunter Gunski. Late in the second, the Dukes again found themselves down two men, and this time the Muskies got it right, as Cam Robinson tipped home his 17th goal of the year, at 17:44. The helpers on that goal went to Cole Robbins and Owen Barnett.
The Muskies started the third period on a power play but they really were not able to generate much offence. At the 3:05 mark, the Dukes took a lead on a goal that some fans did not think entered the net, but the referee was in a good position and said the shot went in off the post, over Green’s blocker. Brent House scored the goal, with the assists going to Mitchell Martan and Brett Schaefer. The Muskies pressed hard for the equalizer, in an entertaining third, but the two quick goals came at 12:25, and 12:54. The first was a Colin Doyle tip in, down low from Brody Morris and Stortz, then the final goal came on a breakaway by Martan, set up by Gunski.
The next game for the Muskies is Sunday afternoon, when they hit the road to Whitby.
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
Race Trac took the win against W.O. Insurance, 8-6. Race Trac’s goal scorers were Liam Craigen (4), Caitlyn Milford (3) and Jackson Powell. Levi Hudgin (4), Griffen Jones and Liam Bentley were the goal scorers for W.O. Insurance. Bentley came up with an assist as well. Canadian Tire beat out Herrington’s, 7-4. Canadian Tire’s goals came from Abigail Heasman (2), Kayleigh Malarczuk (2), Hayden Ratych, Charles Langford and Onyx Kench. Julia Leith made an assist. Herrington’s Delaney Cornelisse Hall (2), Teagan MacIntosh and Sam Watson scored, while Watson made one assist as well.
Shagg’s beat out Eco-Water, 8-3. Shagg’s goals were by Nolan Keith (6), William Pelton and Ethan Powell. Andrew Potter (2) and Lucas Culbert-Castello scored for Eco Water. J.F. Construction slid in for a win against Krown Rust, 10-9. J.F. Construction’s Charlotte Frew (5), Elizabeth Heasman (2), Brock Joyce (2) and Austin Dale scored. Frew and Joyce each earned one assist. Krown Rust’s goals were from Cole Price (5), Liam Shisko (3) and Reid Barkey. Shisko also made one assist.
Low & Low came up short against ChrisMcAuley.ca, with a final score 10-2. ChrisMcAuley.ca had goals from Tyler Malarczuk (4), Ian Barkey (3), Owen Chaikosky (2), and Dylan Grant. Thomas Langford earned an assist. Low & Low’s Noah Graziotto got 2 goals, with an assist by Rachel Hussey. Buck’s Construx came up on top against Port Perry Dental, 7-4. Buck’s Construx goals were by Jake Zekveld (4) and Derek Radtke (3), with assists from Claudia Hansen (2), Cole Casserly and Becca Bailey. Port Perry Dental’s four goals were earned by Logan Kveton-Roy (2) and Nathan Watson (2), with an assist from Lance Miller and Abbie Stephens.
Things were all tied up between Goble Transport and South Scugog Auto, 2-2. Goble Transport’s goals were earned by Jacob Buchanan and Brayden Vanderligt, with assists from Emily Goble and Alex Newhook. Grant Barkey and Foster Abery scored South Scugog Auto’s points, with an assist from Julian Peckford. Cochrane Tree Service slid in for a win against All Flags Auto, 5-4. Aidan Lazure (2), Jacob MacLennan, Jack Farrugia and Toni Boadway scored Cochrane Tree Service’s goals. Assisting were Lazure, MacLennan and Boadway. All Flag’s Auto had goals from Cole Stephens, Lucas Braband, Brody Jay and Aidan Joyce. Jay and Joyce each earned an assist.
Luchka Float Service beat out Omnific Design, 8-2. Luchka Float Service’s goals were earned by Brandon Sinclair (4), Tyrus Jay (2). Sean Ashby and Carson Nozdryn. Sean Ashby (3), Leam Maisonneuve and Nozdryn made assists. Katie Brown and Kain McIver scored the Omnific Design’s two goals. Mari McDowell earned an assist as well. The day ended in a 4-4 tie between Urban Landscape and Denault Contracting. Urban Landscape’s Aidan Braband (3), and Jake Buchanan scored, with assists from Kadin Martin and Buchanan. Denault Contracting’s Benjamin Sargent (2), Billy Parkinson and Allison Brewster scored, with Sargent also assisting.
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The Uxbridge Bruins have been rolling through Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Orr Division competition lately, posting a three-game winning streak, following weekend wins over the Little Britain Merchants and Georgina Ice.
Uxbridge was able to build off the momentum of last weekend’s dramatic 3-2 overtime victory, over the arch rival Port Perry MoJacks, in a Battle of North Durham. The Bruins staged a third period comeback, at the Bear Den on Friday night, Jan. 13th, to close down the Merchants by a final score of 3-1.
The two sides battled to a scoreless draw through the first period of play, with Uxbridge netminder Jake Joosten and Little Britain’s Adam Harris making several sensational saves.
Early in the second period, the Merchants grabbed the lead, when Nick Thomakos scored a powerplay goal, assisted by Aidan Renouf and Mac West.
The Merchants clung to the lead until the latter half of the third period, when Jason Simmonds levelled the score, with just over six minutes remaining. Newly acquired Cameron Moffitt registered the lone assist on the play, his first point in a Bruins uniform.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, Cristian Giorgio gave the Bruins the lead, assisted by Nick Sribny and Simmonds. And with just 15 seconds remaining, Sribny would give the Bruins an insurance marker to seal the 3-1 victory.
On Sunday, the Bruins made it three-in-a-row, with a 7-2 drubbing of the Georgina Ice in Sutton.
The Bruins raced to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period, with Damien Heinle, Aiden Reilly and Robert Freckelton all lighting the lamp for Uxbridge.
The Ice would draw to within a goal early in the middle stanza, but goals from Simon Feig and Reilly, late in the frame, gave the Bruins a 5-2 advantage, through 40 minutes of play. The third period saw the Bruins tag two goals on their total, with Derek Dolan and Freckelton scoring, to wrap up the 7-2 win.
- The Bruins continued to overhaul their roster last week, with the signing of defence man Josh Burkholder. The 21-year-old from Stouffville made his debut for the Bruins over the weekend, and registered two assists against the Ice.
- The Bruins have parted ways with forward Ryan Miehm, as well, as he focuses on other opportunities. The team expressed their appreciation for his contributions over the past three seasons, and he offered his thanks to the organization for providing a memorable junior hockey career.
- Elsewhere around the PJHL Orr Division over the weekend, the Port Perry MoJacks rebounded from a 2-1 overtime loss on home ice, to Clarington on Wednesday night, with a pair of wins. Port Perry doubled up the Ice 8-4, in Keswick on Friday night, and soared to an 8-3 win against the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena. Little Britain rallied for a dramatic 5-4 win, at home on Saturday night, against the Knights. On Thursday night, the Eagles and Lakefield Chiefs battled to a 3-3 tie, in Bowmanville.
- The Dorchester Dolphins are now the lone undefeated PJHL team, with a record of 32-0-1 in the Yeck Division. The Port Hope Panthers finally fell, following a 30-game win streak, to open the season with a 5-2 loss to the Gananoque Islanders, on Sunday night.
- This weekend, the Bruins will entertain the first-place Lakefield Chiefs, at the Bear Den, with the action getting underway at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday night, the Bruins trek to Apsley, for a match-up against North Kawartha.
- In other Orr Division action coming up this weekend, the MoJacks are in Little Britain at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, returning home on Sunday for a 2:25 p.m. matinee match-up against Clarington. The Merchants close out the weekend with a Sunday night road game against the Knights.
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Haugen Takes Vegas Spiel
The Tuesday night women's league hosted their annual bonspiel Saturday, at the Port Perry Curling Club. Even though Elvis didn’t make an appearance, sixteen teams participated in the “Viva Las Vegas” themed event, sponsored by Port Perry Auto Glass, South Scugog Auto, and Cathy Tune Chartered Accountant.
Port Perry’s Louise Haugen and her team of Lynda Powell, Gerri Oliver, and Pat Hasler won both their games and ran away with the championship, for the second year in a row. Kelly Vandenberg finished second, while Chris Acton finished third.
A great time was had by all teams, with cash prizes being awarded to the top teams. Thanks to drawmaster Peter Duivesteyn and all the volunteers from the Tuesday Night League, who made this day so much fun.
Grant Wins T-Bone
Uxbridge’s Gary Grant and his team of Bill Harrison, Dave Farr, and Terry Jenkins won this past weekend’s Williamson GM Mens T-Bone spiel, held at the Uxbridge Curling Club.
This popular mens event welcomed teams from all over, including Leaside, Royals, and York. Teams played three eight-end games, and were treated to a delicious bbq’d steak dinner, prepared by icemaker Don McGregor.
Thanks go out to drawmaster Larry Bertuzzi and all the volunteers that made this event such a success. A special thank you to Williamson Uxbridge, Mad Millie’s and Vince’s, for their support of the event.
North Durham U18 Event This Weekend
The Port Perry and Uxbridge Curling Club’s are jointly hosting the first annual North Durham Invitational Under-18 Competitive Curling Bonspiel this weekend. A total of sixteen of the top competitive U18 teams are participating in the Ontario Junior Curling Tour event, looking for top level games and competing for cash prizes.
Each team is guaranteed four games, and will play two games at both host clubs on Saturday and Sunday. The top four boys and top four girls teams will advance to playoffs on Sunday afternoon.
Come check out the games this weekend. Saturday’s game times are 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m., with the final round-robin game being held Sunday, at 9:00 a.m. The semi-finals and finals will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Port Perry Curling Club.
Senior Men Looking for New Members
On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m., the Senior Men’s league, at the Port Perry Curling Club, gather to curl. This drop-in league, with an emphasis on fun, friendship, camaraderie, and exercise, is looking for new members.
Each time you show up, you’re placed on a new team, allowing you to meet and curl with new people. You can drop in and play as often as you’d like, whenever you are available. You can play once a week or three times a week, it’s your choice.
If you are 50 or over and interested in giving curling a try, please call John at 905-985-5153, or Glen at 905-985-8857, for more information.
Jackson at Masters Provincials
Carol Jackson’s Port Perry foursome with Laura Davis-Cook, Marilyn Plekaitis, and Pat Reid are participating in the OCA Master’s Provincials this week, hosted by the Glencoe Curling Club, west of London. Starting Wednesday afternoon, eight women’s teams from across the province will play a seven game round-robin to determine it’s champion. Good Luck Team Jackson!
Congratulations to Uxbridge’s Karen Rowsell, for qualifying for the Womens Provincial Scotties. Karen plays second for Cathy Auld, and the team won all four of their games at their Provincial Qualifier, held at the Oshawa Curling Club before Christmas. The team will play in the Scotties Provincials, starting January 27th in Cobourg. Congratulations and good luck Karen!
Congratulations to Uxbridge’s Jim Bell and Gary Grant, for qualifying for Senior Mens Provincial Qualifiers, to be held at the end of January. Both will be looking to return to Senior Mens Provincials, to be held this year in Lindsay.
Team Chris Van Huyse, with Uxbridge’s Spencer Townley at second, won their Tankard qualifier last month, earning a spot at the Provincial Qualifier this past weekend in Ottawa. The team won their first game, but lost their second game to Glenn Howard and then to Bryan Lewis. We’ll see if the team decides to enter Challenge Round, to see if they can secure one of the final two spots in the Provincial Tankard, at the end of the month.
DARRYL KNIGHT Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: A major shake-up led to a rejuvenated performance by the Uxbridge Bruins, on Sunday, Jan. 8th, as they downed the rival Port Perry MoJacks 3-2, at Scugog Arena in a ‘Battle Of North Durham’, to snap their recent seven-game losing streak.
The Bruins were busy on the trade front last week, shipping defence man and team captain Brady Baker and second-year forward Liam Timewell to the Clarington Eagles, in exchange for forward Cameron Moffitt and future considerations, on Wednesday.
Just two nights later, all three players were back on the ice in Uxbridge at the Bear Den, as the Eagles withstood a late push from the Bruins to skate to a 4-1 victory. Robert Freckelton had the lone Uxbridge goal, with assists credited to Aiden Reilly and Damien Heinle.
The determination displayed by the Bruins on Friday night carried over into Sunday’s match-up, as they skated to a scoreless draw through the opening 20 minutes. Both teams deployed dramatic defensive play in the first period. Bruins net minder Jake Joosten and his Port Perry counterpart Brett Chandler making several sensational saves to keep the score knotted at zero.
The MoJacks opened the scoring, just over five minutes into the action in the second period, on a Konrad Piorkowski goal, assisted by Adam Turner and Luke Wyatt. However, less than a minute later, Simon Feig scored, to help the Bruins claw their way back into the game, with Cristian Giorgio and Derek Dolan drawing assists on the play. Neither team could solve the other’s defence down the stretch, in the middle stanza.
The deadlocked score lead to inspired play to open the third period, with both sides trading scoring chances throughout the first half of the frame. Uxbridge took their first lead of the game almost eight-and-a-half minutes into the period, on a powerplay, when Wes Cowie took advantage of the extra space, and charged to the front of a crowd of bodies in front of the Port Perry net, to score on a rebound, with assists to Jason Simmonds and Alex Siblock.
Despite some excellent chances by the Bruins, to put their North Durham rivals down the stretch, the MoJacks refused to go quietly and with just 20 seconds left, and Chandler was summoned to the bench in favour of an extra attacker. Wyatt slipped in a loose puck through a scramble in front of the net to send the game to overtime.
As has been the case throughout the season, the three-on-three overtime period provided several stunning scoring opportunities for both teams and astounding saves by Chandler and Joosten. Finally, after more than four minutes of frantic action, Feig potted his second goal of the afternoon, with just under three minutes remaining, on a shot that eluded Chandler’s glove after a great feed from Simmonds.
Bruins head coach, Tim Evans, was elated after the game.
“We finally got it done. We’re finally starting to play like a team, and guys are stepping up and assuming roles and running with them.” Evans told The Standard.
According to Evans, the grit shown by the Bruins on Sunday afternoon started with the spirited late effort against the Eagles on Friday night, at the Bear Den.
“On Friday night you saw guys stepping up to the challenge and that continued today,” added Evans. “Our players see that there’s an opportunity to be a leader and they’re reaching for it. If we can continue to compete like we did today, we’ll be in good shape heading into this last part of the regular season and into the playoffs.”
The Bruins wished to thank Vince’s Market in Uxbridge for donating fruit and vegetable and sandwich platters to the team on Sunday, as part of the store’s ongoing 'Random Acts of Vince’s' promotion. Throughout the month of January, Vince’s is starting the year off on a giving note, and will be donating selected platters to local organizations that make North Durham such an outstanding place to live.
On Friday, Jan. 13th, the Little Britain Merchants will look to break a recent three-game losing streak, when they visit the Bear Den for a 7:45 p.m. match-up in Uxbridge against the Bruins. Over the weekend, the Merchants dropped their lone game by a score of 3-1 to the Lakefield Chiefs.
The MoJacks have a busy week ahead of them. Port Perry hosts a rare Wednesday night game, at Scugog Arena on Jan. 11th, with the Clarington Eagles in town for a 7:25 p.m. tilt. On Friday night, the MoJacks hit the road to tangle with the Georgina Ice in Keswick at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the North Kawartha Knights will visit Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. matinee match-up.
The Bruins round out a bust weekend, for the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s (PJHL) Orr Division, on Sunday, Jan. 15th, when they’ll look to melt the Georgina Ice in Sutton at 3:30 p.m. The Ice will be offering free admission for the game, courtesy of sponsor Stouffville Toyota.
CRAIG SCHROTER Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies got a late goal from Cam Lamport to upset the Stouffville Spirit by a score of 2-1, Saturday night in Stouffville.
The Muskies got on the board first in this one, when Brett Poulin scored his 3rd goal of the season, from Kyle Diamond and Sam Ellwood at 8:39, and that lead would hold up until the midway mark of the third period. It was Connor Evans who tied the game at 1-1, with a goal from Thomas Tinmouth and Mitchell Waldron at 11:46 of the final frame, but then Lamport’s team leading 16th goal of the year came at 14:11, to give Lindsay a lead they would not relinquish. The helpers on the winning goal went to Brock Traill and Cam Robinson. Sean Green made 24 saves for the victory.
The win lifts Lindsay’s record to 12 wins, 22 regulation losses, and 3 overtime losses, and leaves them just two points behind Newmarket for the final playoff spot in the North East Conference. Both teams are in action Sunday with Newmarket facing Kingston, while the Muskies are in Markham for a 1:30 puck drop.