Uxbridge S.S. Tigers Greg Rogers (left) and Carson Bell battle the opposition for control of the puck during a LOSSA Senior Boys playoff semi-final between Uxbridge and the Donald Wilson (Whitby) Gators on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Tigers’ season would come to a close the next day, with the Gators winning the two-game series. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
Over the weekend, the Blackstock Minor Hockey League learned new skills and worked on plays in the Tyke, Novice, Atom, and PeeWee divisions.
Action continued in the Midget division, with a pair of games. Denault got the best of Omnific Design by a score of 4-1. Denault’s goals were by Taryn Duivesteyn (2), Benjamin Sargent and Steven Williams. Assisting were Eric Ferguson and Duivesteyn. Omnific Design’s goal was popped in by Justin Tobin, assisted by Travis Martin.
In the other Midget division clash, All Flags Shell took a 4-1 win over Luchka Float Service. All Flags Shell’s goals were from Michael Bos (2), Ryan McCourt and Janelle Abrams, with assists by Cory Bray (2) and Tieson Wright. The goal for Luchka Float Service was earned by Alex Lalonde, and assisted by Sean Ashby.
ROB STEELE Special to The Standard
The unique arena setting of the West Northumberland Curling Club in Cobourg was filled with the sounds of cowbells, train whistles, and vuvuzelas at the Tim Hortons Colts zone playdowns last weekend. Spencer Townley skipped his Uxbridge-based team of Jeff Clark, Adam Harris, and yours truly to three straight wins and the A-Side championship. Uxbridge resident John Bell, with Bruce Jefferson throwing vice stones, won the B-Side. Both teams play this weekend at the Regionals in Lindsay.
Haugen Wins the Mississaugas
The Port Perry Day Ladies league hosted the Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation Bonspiel on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Curlers came from Bobcaygeon, Whitby, Oshawa, Peterborough, Lindsay, Ennismore, Uxbridge, Annandale, Unionville and Port Perry. After a delicious lunch and two eight end games, cash prizes were given out for each draw. The points were very close on both draws but the overall winner was Port Perry’s Louise Haugen and her team of Lynda Powell, Sue Duncan and Mary Holt. From the early draw, Port Perry’s Kelly Evans and Mary Auld from Lindsay were also in the winnings. On the late draw, Julie Szmanski (Bobcaygeon), Sandy Greenwood (Port Perry) and Mary Ellen Bannon (Peterborough) won prizes. Thanks to Jamie Kozlinsky from the Mississaugas and congratulations to everyone who made the spiel a huge success.
Beaton Takes South Scugog
The Port Perry Curling Club hosted their annual Men’s bonspiel last Saturday. A total of sixteen teams played three eight end games and were treated to some great hospitality. In the end, the winning team was Don Beaton, Ron Parish, Andrew Jones and Ian Griffen came out of retirement to throw lead rocks. Second place went to Les Kiraly from Oshawa Golf while David Gaudette from Annandale finished in third. Many thanks to Ken Jeffrey for organizing and to Glenn and Kelly Evans from South Scugog Auto Sales for sponsoring the event.
Good Showing for Bell and Grant
Uxbridge residents Jim Bell and Gary Grant skipped their respective teams at the OCA Senior Mens Provincials last week at the Glencoe Curling and District Club, South West of London. After the seven team round robin, Bell’s team finished in fourth place with a 4-3 record, just missing the playoffs. Grant finished in fifth with a record of 3-4. Congratulations to both teams on a great season.
Valley View takes North DEAA’s
The Uxbridge Curling Club hosted the North Durham Elementary Athletic Association (DEAA) annual bonspiel on Tuesday, Feb. 17. A total of seventy curlers from eleven different elementary schools participated in the event including teams from Cartwright, McCaskill’s Mills, Quaker Village, S.A.Cawker, Scott Central, and Sunderland. Each team played a total of three, four end games and the winners were determined by total points. There were some amazing curling shots made and all the teams displayed fantastic sportsmanship. Congratulations to the overall winner from Valley View Public School in North Pickering, who ended up winning two games and tying one, beating out the team from McCaskill’s Mills in Cannington by only a half point. Third place went to Pringle Creek Public School in Whitby. The South DEAA curling playdowns are being held at the Oshawa Curling Club this week.
On Friday, Feb. 20, athletes from Uxbridge S.S. and Port Perry H.S. competed against grapplers from across Durham Region at the LOSSA wrestling championships, at Maxwell Heights S.S. in Oshawa.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
After a slow start to the action in Game 1, the Uxbridge Bruins skated to back-to-back victories against the Little Britain Merchants over the weekend, taking a two-games-to-none lead in their COJHL semi-final series.
Game 1 of the series was contested in Uxbridge, on Friday, Feb. 20, and the Bruins showed some sluggish signs at the outset after a 10-day break that followed the regular season. Meanwhile, the Merchants entered the game on a wave of momentum after winning three consecutive games to dispatch the Port Perry MoJacks in the preliminary round of the playoffs.
Just over eight minutes into the action, Little Britain had taken a 2-0 lead, before the Bruins came to life following a fantastic powerplay scoring chance by Marco Mastrangelo just past the mid-point of the first period, but were unable to beat Merchants netminder Garrett Haden through the opening 20 minutes.
With Uxbridge on the powerplay just over a minute into the second period, Todd Winder swooped in to bang in a rebound and cut Little Britain’s lead in half.
The energized Bruins would continue to overwhelm the Merchants just over a minute later, when ‘Magic’ Mike Spataro’s point shot was tipped in by Shane Smith to equalize the match.
However, goals from Kurtis Moore and Hayden Long would restore a two-goal advantage for Little Britain just before the mid-point of the second period. The Bruins would roar back shortly afterwards though, with goals from Alex Siblock and Shane Smith once again knotting the score as the middle stanza came to a close.
Just over a minute into the third period, Mastrangelo made more moves than a barrel of snakes as he twisted around Haden to tuck the puck into the net, bringing the crowd of more than 300 to its feet, and giving the Bruins their first advantage of the evening.
Shortly afterwards, the Merchants would emerge from a penalty kill with renewed enthusiasm. But, Bruins goalie Branden Francey was able to make a sensational save on Long to keep Uxbridge in the lead.
With just under six minutes to play, Tyson Eastgate gave the Bruins a two-goal lead when he blazed into the offensive zone, and beat Haden high with a laser beam, assisted by Connor Evans.
Just 35 seconds later, Shane Smith was levelled by a check from Mason Patterson, but had the presence of mind to pass the puck to Thomas Sheedy, who fired a shot on net that was redirected past Haden by Daryl Thomson to round out the scoring in a 7-4 Bruins victory.
Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson noted that his team had shown good resilience after a slow start in picking up the crucial win in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series, relying on depth, with goals coming from six different scorers.
“Coming in, we knew that we’d probably have to weather the storm a little bit, because Little Britain had been on such a roll after beating Port Perry,” Hodgkinson told The Standard. “But we bounced back and played a heck of a game. If we can get that kind of production from all four of our lines, we’ll probably be very tough to play against.”
On Saturday, Feb. 21, the teams renewed hostilities in Little Britain for Game 2.
The Bruins would never trail, winning by a final score of 5-3 to take a two-games-to-none lead heading into Game 3 on Tuesday, Feb. 24 (after The Standard’s press deadline).
Korey Brand, Eastgate, Winder, Evans and Dylan Locke scored for Uxbridge, with Francey turning aside 28 shots to earn the victory between the pipes.
Game 4 of the series is slated for 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in Little Britain. Should Game 5 be necessary, it will be played in Uxbridge on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:45 p.m. Game 6 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night in Little Britain. If the series comes down to Game 7, it will be played in Uxbridge, at 7:45 p.m., on Monday, March 2.
- In the other COJHL semi-final series, the Clarington Eagles continued their recent hot streak, sweeping the defending All-Ontario champion Lakefield Chiefs in four straight games.
- For all of the latest playoff news from the bear den, visit www.uxbridgebruins.com.
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
Blackstock Minor Hockey was feeling the love of the game with a full slate of action this past weekend.
In the Tyke Division, Canadian Tire beat Shagg’s 4-2. Canadian Tire’s Theo Belfry (2) and Nolan Keith (2) were the goal scorers. Jimmy Lee scored both goals for Shagg’s unassisted.
W.O. Insurance took Race Trac for the win, 9-5. Oscian Seguin scored all 9 goals with David Mcinnes earning 2 assists. Ryan Vernon (4) and Liam Shisko scored for Race Trac. Shisko also earned an assist.
In the Novice Division, ChrisMcAuley.ca won against Make-A-Wish 8-3. ChrisMcAuley.ca’s Adam Goble (3), Jordan King (3), Griffin McAuley and Simon Stryde scored. Assisting were Tyler Malarczuk, King and Goble. Make-A-Wish goals were from Ian Barkey, Davis Hartley and Oscian Seguin.
Krown Rust took J.F. Construction, 6-1. Krown Rust goals were by Kailyn Seguin (3), Matthew Seeney, Cameron Sailer and Owen Belfry. Sailer also made three assists. The J.F. Construction goal was by Kahale Steward, assisted by Rachel Hussey.
In the Atom Division, Port Perry Dental slid in for the win against Eco Water, 8-5. Jacob Buchanan (3), Daymond Clark (2), Brodie Holmes (2) and Cole Stephens scored for Port Perry Dental. Assisting were Clark (2) and Buchanan. Eco Water’s goals came from Abbey Moase (3), Aaron Waters (2) and Hayden Piney. Assisting were Brett Hanley, Bradley Hext, Leah Seeney and Waters.
Buck’s Construx beat Low & Low, 4-3. Buck’s Construx goals were by Eric Byers (2), Lucas Braband and Alexander Johnstone. Braband came in with an assist as well. Scoring for Low & Low were Aidan Lazure (2) and Connor Rogers, with assists by Zeke Bailey, Felicity Killeen, Jacob MacLennan and Lucas Reid.
Things were all tied up 3-3 in the PeeWee Division between Red Ribbon Restaurant and Practicar. Red Ribbon Restaurant’s goal scorers were Dallas King (2) and Shannon Arney, with assists from John Nottingham and Arney. Practicar’s Robbie Boadway, Tye Crouter and Troy Larmer each scored a goal.
Cochrane Tree Service beat Urban Landscape 10-0. Cochrane Tree Service’s goals came from Owen Silcock (5), Hunter Scarlett (2), Mari McDowell, Wyatt Marrett-Baker and Cameron Barkey. Assisting were Emily Goble, Lukas Malhotra and Scarlett.
In the Midget Division, Denault won against All Flags Shell 8-4. Denault’s goals were by Steven Williams (5), Taryn Duivesteyn (2) and Benjamin Sargent. Sargent made three assists and Joshua Bolsonello added one. All Flags Shell’s goals came from Brandon Abram, Cory Bray, Ryan McCourt and Tieson Wright. Assisting were McCourt (2), Amber Nolet, and Janelle Abram.
Omnific Design won against Luchka Float Service 8-4. Omnific Design’s Eric Kerr (6), Jacob Lee and Justin Tobin scored with Lee adding two assists. Luchka Float Service’s Carter Lamb (2), Clay Larmer and Sean Ashby scored unassisted.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks have their backs up against the wall in their opening-round COJHL playoff match-up against the Little Britain Merchants, trailing two-games-to-one in the best-of-five series heading into a do-or-die Game 4 on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Little Britain.
After skating to a 4-3 win in Game 1, at Scugog Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 11, the MoJacks dropped both weekend games. The Merchants bested Port Perry 1-0 in a goaltender’s duel on Saturday, Feb. 12, before rolling to a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Port Perry.
“We’ve got to figure out what it takes to score in those dirty areas of the ice. And, we have to capitalize when the opportunity presents itself,” MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish said after Sunday’s setback.
The MoJacks were able to establish an early lead in the series when they defeated the Merchants in Game 1, the first playoff win for the club since Feb. 15, 2012.
“It was important for these guys to win a playoff game, since it hasn’t happened in three years,” Cornish said following Game 1, noting that the team has seen added pressure in the weeks leading up to the postseason.
“We’ve been playing playoff-style hockey games for the past three weeks, and tonight we played 58 minutes out of 60, which was a step in the right direction.”
First period goals from Jeff St. Pierre and Kyle Powell gave the MoJacks a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes in Game 1. COJHL Rookie of the Year Blake Shaw returned between the pipes for the MoJacks after being sidelined with an upper body injury, and made several acrobatic saves in the opening stanza.
COJHL MVP Terry Snoddon scored just past the mid-point of the second to cut the MoJacks’ lead, which was restored to two goals before the end of the middle frame behind a powerplay goal from Kyle Schweda.
A wraparound from Graham Lamers found the back of the net just over six minutes into the third period, opening a three-goal advantage for Port Perry. However, the Merchants would make things interesting down the stretch. A powerplay goal from Hayden Long with just over two minutes left cut the MoJacks’ lead to two goals, and with netminder Garrett Haden on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, Snoddon scored his second of the night to set up a frantic finish. The scoring stopped there however, as the MoJacks’ defence withstood an onslaught from the Merchants, with Shaw submitting several sensational saves to preserve the victory.
On Saturday night (Feb. 14), a powerplay goal in the first period from Brad Ward was all the scoring either side could muster, as the Merchants tied the series 1-1.
However, questionable officiating, dubbed by some observers as a ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’ would overshadow an outstanding game from Shaw and Haden, as MoJacks captain Lucas Berkers and Merchants forward Mackenzie Smith were both issued match penalties for checking from behind, with the rare call resulting in a four-game suspension for each player.
“We’ve been facing adversity all season, and maybe that’s helping us now. We’ve had guys stepping up into different roles all season,” Merchants Head Coach Rob Louttit told The Standard.
Both sides were looking to take a decisive advantage in the series as they renewed hostilities for Game 3, at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Special teams provided the Merchants with a boost as they took a 2-0 lead early in the second period, behind a powerplay goal from Jesse Craig and a shorthanded marker from Snoddon.
Mason Patterson and Aiden Renouf would also light the lamp for Little Britain, before Powell broke up Haden’s shutout bid with just over five minutes remaining in the second period.
Just over three minutes into the third period with the MoJacks on the powerplay, Jeff St. Pierre drew the MoJacks to within two goals when he slammed in a rebound. But, it was short lived, as Renouf netted his second of the afternoon just 10 seconds later to round out the scoring.
“We’re learning what it takes to play playoff hockey,” Louttit said after the game. “Second chance efforts were the difference today, and our goalie has been standing on his head these past two games.”
However, the Merchant’s bench boss is expecting a tremendous response from the MoJacks, heading into Game 4, and possibly Game 5.
“This series isn’t over by a long shot. Port Perry doesn’t quit, and in our opinion, they might be the hardest working team in this league. We expect a real challenge before either team can move on to face Uxbridge.”
- The COJHL semi-final series between the winner of Port Perry and Little Britain, will get underway with Game 1 in Uxbridge, at 7:45 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 20. If Port Perry wins, Game 2 will be at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2:25 p.m. Should Little Britain win, they’ll host Game 2 at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 21.
The Battle of North Durham will hit the minor hockey ranks this week, when the Minor PeeWee ‘A’ Uxbridge Stars and Port Perry Predators battle for the Lakeshore League supremacy, as the OMHA playdowns move into the quarterfinal stage.
The series starts in Uxbridge, on Thursday, Feb. 12, with a 6:45 p.m. match-up, before shifting to Port Perry on Friday, Feb. 13, for Game 2, at 7 p.m. Game 3 of the series is set for Thursday, Feb. 19, in Uxbridge, at 8 p.m.
There are several North Durham teams still vying for championships.
The Novice Stars and Predators hold leads on Kingston and Clarington respectively heading into the weekend.
The Minor Atom Stars begin their quarterfinal series with Cobourg in Uxbridge at 1:45 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 14.
The Major Atom Stars will playing at home against Cobourg on Saturday, with the game starting at 3:15 p.m.
The Bantam Predators survived a first round scare against Ajax, skating to a 5-2 win in Game 5 at Scugog Arena, on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Predators will now face the Napanee Stars in the quarterfinals.
The Minor Midget Predators swept Whitby in the first round.
The Midget Predators skated to a 4-2 win over Ajax in Game 5 of their first round series. They will take on Quinte West Hawks in the quarterfinals, hosting Game 2 at Scugog Arena, on Monday, Feb. 16, at 9:15 p.m.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins will have a much-deserved break over the next 10 days as they celebrate a first-place finish in the COJHL’s regular season standings.
The Bruins rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Bowmanville on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to skate to a 5-4 win over Little Britain at home on Friday, Feb. 6, before closing out the campaign with a 6-1 win over Port Perry in a Battle of North Durham on Sunday, Feb. 8.
The Merchants jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, and just over two minutes into the second period, doubled their advantage before Korey Brand scored just six seconds later to draw the Bruins back to within a goal.
Shortly afterwards, the Merchants would net a shorthanded goal, but powerplay tallies from Todd Winder and Daryl Thomson equalized the match at 3-3 heading into the third period
Just over five minutes into the third period, Marco Mastrangelo eluded the Little Britain defence and set up a great scoring chance for Tyson Eastgate, which was hammered home to give the Bruins their first lead of the night.
The Bruins would continue to barrage Little Britain netminder Garrett Haden with shots as the game wore on, eventually outshooting the Merchants by a margin of 46-13. But, with just under five minutes remaining, an incredible pad save by Haden left Uxbridge caught deep in Merchant territory, and Terry Snoddon scored on a perfectly placed shot at the other end of the ice to tie the game once more.
However, with just over two minutes left on the clock, Thomson slipped behind the Merchant defence and netted a spectacular breakaway goal to clinch a 5-4 victory for the Bruins.
Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson was pleased with the way his team had fought back to win the game, as well as clinch first-place overall in the table.
“I think we’re gong in the right direction. The way we fought back tonight speaks volumes about the type of character guys we have on this team that are completely in this for each other. It’s a really fun team to coach,” Hodgkinson told The Standard.
The COJHL regular season came to a close on Sunday, Feb. 8, with the Bruins in Port Perry for a ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the rival MoJacks.
The MoJacks would net the first goal of the game, but Uxbridge controlled the match for most of the afternoon, rolling to six straight goals, taking a 6-1 win and a 4-3 edge in the season series between the North Durham rivals.
Jarett Smith netted a pair of goals and an assist, with Brand, Ryan Miehm, Alex Williamson and Patrick Bolahood rounding out the Bruins’ scoring.
Uxbridge will now sit idle for 10 days as the fourth-seeded MoJacks battle the fifth-place Merchants in a best-three-out-of-five series for the right to square off with the Bruins in a best-of-seven semi-final series.
Hodgkinson noted that the time away from competition will be positive for the team, but is not without its potential drawbacks.
“The lay-off should give us a good opportunity to get rested and prepared for whichever team we end up playing. The downside of course is that we’re not staying in that competitive moment,” Hodgkinson explained. “At the end of the day, it’s a new season once we start playoffs and I predict that the postseason will be a great testament to the excellent competition this league has produced over the past five months.”
- Bruins goalie Branden Francey led the COJHL this season with 20 wins.
- It was announced during Friday night’s game that Terry Snoddon has been named as this season’s COJHL MVP after the Sunderland native led the league with 72 points (34 goals and 38 assists), including seven shorthanded points.
- Marco Mastrangelo led the Bruins in scoring the season with 55 points (28 goals and 27 assists). He also led the league with eight game-winning goals.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks will have some extra work as they set out this week in their quest for the Cougar Cup, awarded annually to the COJHL champions.
By virtue of their fourth-place finish in the standings, Port Perry will square off in a best-three-out-of-five series against the fifth-seeded Little Britain Merchants for the right to battle the first-place Uxbridge Bruins in a best-of-seven semi-final match-up. The action gets underway at Scugog Arena with Game 1 set for Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:25 p.m.
This past weekend, the MoJacks skated to a 5-1 victory over the Merchants in Little Britain on Saturday, Feb. 7. Ryan Nichols scored twice in the win, with Cole Murray, Konrad Piorkowski and Graham Lamers chipping in singles.
MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish expects both teams to bring their best what promises to be an action-packed mini-series.
“I think we match up fine with Little Britain. They do have some explosive weapons that we will have be aware of,” Cornish told The Standard. “I think that ultimately, the series will come down to doing the little things that don’t show up in the game sheet.”
The MoJacks’ season came to a close on Sunday, Feb. 8, with a 6-1 loss on home ice to the Bruins in the regular season’s final Battle of North Durham. Todd McNair scored Port Perry’s lone goal, with assists credited to Kyle Schweda and Lucas Clark.
- MoJacks netminder Blake Shaw has been named the 2014-15 COJHL Rookie of the Year. The 18-year-old Brooklin resident posted a record of 15-8-2 with a 3.04 goals against average this season.
“All we expected from Blake was for him to come in and challenge for the number-one job. He did that, and really performed well in a lot of key games for us this year, and gave us the chance to win,” said Cornish.
- Graham Lamers led the MoJacks in scoring this season with 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists), leading a balanced MoJacks attack that featured nine players with more than 28 points during the regular season.
- Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday, Feb. 14, in Little Britain at 7:30 p.m. Port Perry will host Game 3 on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2:25 p.m. If needed, Game 4 will be played in Little Britain, at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:25 p.m. in Port Perry.