Jonas Parker (left) looks on as Zack Greer tangles with a Kingston Candians’ defenceman for position in font of the net during a 4-1 win for the Col. Mustard’s Port Perry Minor Midget Predators in a Saturday night Lakeshore League clash at Scugog Arena, on Oct. 25. Photo credit: Darryl Knight/The Standard
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks rebounded from a loss earlier in the week to the Lakefield Chiefs to claim a 4-1 victory over the visiting Clarington Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 26.
An unassisted goal from Evan Wasylyk just under five minutes into the action gave the MoJacks a 1-0 lead heading into the second period, where the Eagles would tie the game inside the first four minutes of play.
However, the MoJacks replied less than four minutes later, as Ryan Nichols powered his way to the front of the net and slammed in a loose puck. Just over two minutes later, Graham Lamers scored for the MoJacks to open up a two-goal lead for the home side.
The MoJacks capped off their afternoon with a remarkable display of puck movement on the powerplay with just under eight minutes to play in the match when Lamers scooped up a loose puck in front of the net to push the MoJacks’ lead to 4-1. Blake Shaw made several sensational saves between the pipes down the stretch to preserve the MoJacks’ win.
Following the game MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish noted that the team’s success on the powerplay was just a piece of a larger puzzle as the team took two points from the rival Eagles.
“Like any other team, we’re focused on the powerplay, but we have to work just as hard on the penalty kill and five-on-five situations, and we have enough skilled guys on this team to be able to do that,” Cornish said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the MoJacks suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the defending provincial champion Lakefield Chiefs, dropping a 5-3 decision on the road, with Cole Murray, Lucas Clark and Konrad Piorkowski scoring for Port Perry.
- The MoJacks will be hoping to scare up a win this Friday, as they resume hostilities with the Eagles in Bowmanville at 8:20 p.m. on Halloween night
- On Sunday, Nov. 2, the MoJacks will attempt to throw some salt on the Georgina Ice as they visit Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. match-up.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins had their recent four-game winning streak closed down by the visiting Little Britain Merchants on Friday, Oct. 24, as the Merchants overpowered the Bruins in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory.
The Bruins held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes behind Marco Mastrangelo’s fifth goal of the season, assisted by Alex Siblock and Owen Scuralli, who had been called up from the ‘AAA’ Midget Ajax-Pickering Raiders.
The Bruins wasted little time extending their lead in the second period, with Korey Brand netting a shorthanded goal just 33 seconds into the middle frame, with assists credited to Adam Bartholomew and Thomas Sheedy.
However, the tide would turn less than a minute later, as Little Britain reeled off five unanswered goals starting with a powerplay marker from Kurtis Moore less than a minute later. Moore would add another tally later in the frame, with Mark Harris, Mitchell Brown and Kenzie Smith rounding out the scoresheet for the visitors.
Speaking with The Standard following the game, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson noted that the second period proved to be the Bruins’ unravelling.
“Tonight came down to one period, and our boys didn’t have it in the second, and this is two games in a row that we’ve given up the lead in the second. As a coaching staff, we’ll review it to try and get it turned around,” Hodgkinson said.
With three powerplay goals scored on the evening, Little Britain Head Coach Rob Louttit noted that special teams proved to be the difference in his post-game comments to The Standard.
“We got a little more aggressive on our forecheck tonight, and then the powerplay clicked and we were also able to throw a good penalty kill at them,” Louttit said.
As well, the Merchants were boosted by the recent additions of Smith, an Uxbridge native and former Bruin who had been toiling in the Tier II Junior ‘A’ ranks with Cobourg the past two seasons, as well as veteran defenceman Jesse Beers.
“Those guys are both huge additions for us,” commented Louttit. “We were able to bring back a defenceman that was a big part of our team in the past, as well as a guy with Junior ‘A’ experience. With those guys, it’s like we grew overnight and got a lot more physical.”
It was the same score, albeit a different result for the Bruins earlier in the week as the Georgina Ice visited Uxrena for a rare Tuesday night contest on Oct. 21, with Uxbridge skating to a 5-2 win.
An unassisted goal from Jarett Smith just over four minutes into the action gave the Bruins the lead until the Ice stormed back with a pair in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
However, the Bruins would bombard the Ice in the final frame, as they lit the lamp four times behind goals from Siblock, Smith and a pair from Daryl Thomson to secure the win.
- The Bruins hosted a ‘Pink at the Rink Night’ on Friday, as the team collected donations for the Canadian Cancer Society.
-The expansion North Kawartha Knights will make their first-ever appearance at Uxrena on Friday, Oct. 31, when they tangle with the Bruins at 7:45 p.m.
- The following night, the Bruins will hit the road to face-off against the Merchants at Sunderland Memorial Arena, with the action getting underway at 7:30 p.m.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins avenged a loss earlier this season to the Port Perry MoJacks, winning in a shootout by a score of 4-3 on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 19 in another thrilling chapter of the Battle of North Durham.
A season-high crowd of more than 250 spectators at Scugog Arena saw the rivals trade scoring chances in the early portion of the match.
Dylan Locke would open the scoring for the Bruins with just under six minutes to play in the first period when he converted a wraparound. However, Konrad Piorkowski would slam in a rebound as the MoJacks enjoyed a powerplay with two minutes left in the opening period to tie the game heading into the middle stanza.
The MoJacks would take a 2-1 lead just over three minutes into the second when Kyle Schweda chipped the puck high over Branden Francey’s blocker, but less than two minutes later, Jarett Smith evened the score with a powerplay marker.
Steve Sampson’s first goal of the season restored the MoJacks’ lead with just over six minutes to play in the second, but the lead would not last, as Carter Vahey’s shot from the point on a Bruins’ powerplay knotted the score at 3-3 after forty minutes of play.
There was added intensity to the action as the third period dawned, with both sides desperately seeking the go-ahead goal.
However, the teams would match each other step for step, with the Bruins fending off a frantic finish to regulation time with frenzied action in the Uxbridge zone as Port Perry attempted to take advantage of a late powerplay opportunity, but could not beat Francey, so for the second time in two games this season in the Battle of North Durham, extra time was needed to determine a winner.
The Bruins caught a break less than 30 seconds into overtime, when a Bruins defender knocked the puck into his own net, only for the referee to rule it had been the result of a high stick.
Both teams had great opportunities down the stretch, with Jarett Smith ringing a shot off the post and Kyle Schweda denied on a breakaway. However, 65 minutes of play were not enough and the game headed to a shootout.
Locke beat MoJacks netminder Blake Shaw on the first attempt, with Cole Murray denied by Francey. Then, both Jarett Smith and Kyle Powell had their attempts turned aside. Marco Mastrangelo would end the game by beating Shaw high over his blocker to seal a 4-3 Bruins victory.
Coupled with a 5-2 win over the Clarington Eagles in Uxbridge on Friday, Oct. 17, the Bruins have now won three games in a row as of press time, a stretch that has invigorated the team, as well as Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson, who added that with the added parity in the COJHL this season, every point will be crucial.
"Three-in-a-row has really got our spirits back up," Hodgkinson told The Standard. “A lot of teams in this league have gotten a lot deeper and it’s going to be a grind this season and ultimately come down to hard work and a matter of putting in the necessary effort for 60 minutes, or 65, like it was this afternoon.”
Meanwhile, MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish was pleased with the way his team had rebounded after falling by a score of 3-1 to the Georgina Ice in Keswick on Friday night. “Our team played well today, I thought we played to out identity and had a good bounce back effort after our last game,” said Cornish.
- Mastrangelo had a three point night with a goal and two assists against the Eagles on Friday night, as the Bruins picked up the first win of the season on home ice. Jarett Smith scored twice in the win, with Daryl Thomson and Alex Williamson chipping in with singles.
- Todd McNair netted the lone goal for the MoJacks against the Ice.
- The MoJacks welcomed the visiting Tilburg Trappers Under-15 team from the Netherlands during pre-game ceremonies on Sunday, including the playing of the Dutch national anthem.
- Both North Durham sides were in action on Tuesday, Oct. 21 (after press time) with Georgina in Uxbridge and the MoJacks visiting Lakefield.
- The Little Britain Merchants posted the biggest win of the season in the COJHL on Sunday, when they downed the North Kawartha Knights 10-0 in Apsley.
- The Bruins play just once this weekend, when the Merchants make their first appearance of the season in Uxbridge on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:45 p.m.
- The MoJacks tangle with the Clarington Eagles at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Oct. 26, starting at 2:25 p.m. in the first meeting of the season between the teams.
Rose Gilpin steps to the free throw line during the Port Perry HS Rebels’ 30-20 loss to O’Neill (Oshawa) in LOSSA ‘AAA’ Junior Girls basketball action on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Rebels are back on their home court on Tuesday, Oct. 21 against McLaughlin (Oshawa) at 3:15 p.m. Photo credit: DARRYL KNIGHT / The Standard
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins were able to bounce back after a 7-4 loss at home to the Georgina Ice on Friday, Oct. 10, as they downed the Little Britain Merchants by a score of 3-1 the following evening.
The Bruins got off to a rough start of Friday night, with team captain Carter Vahey ejected for checking from behind just 39 seconds into the game.
The game was then delayed briefly due to an issue with the Zamboni doors, which was quickly addressed by the staff at Uxrena.
Almost six minutes into the action, with the Bruins killing a penalty, Dylan Locke intercepted a pass and raced down the boards into the offensive zone where he found Daryl Thomson powering through the middle of the ice for a shorthanded goal that gave Uxbridge an early lead.
Just over a minute later, and Uxbridge down another skater, Georgina netted a powerplay goal to tie the game.
Almost four minutes later, Jarett Smith restored the Bruins’ lead when he corralled a bouncing puck.
Bruins netminder Jake Joosten turned aside several scoring chances for Georgina early in the second to maintain a one-goal edge for Uxbridge. Then, near the mid-point of the second period, a near-miss on a two-on-one for the Ice turned around in a hurry, as Marco Mastrangelo scored at the other end of the ice, finishing off a fantastic rush, with assists to Jarett Smith and Matt Pollard.
The Bruins’ two-goal lead wouldn’t last through the second period however, as the Ice netted a pair of goals to tie the game 3-3 after 40 minutes of play.
On an early powerplay in the third period, Jordan Nesbitt stepped into a wrist shot that beat the Georgina goalie high to put Uxbridge back in the lead. But, less than three minutes later, a shorthanded goal for Georgina tied the game once again.
The tide of the game would turn with just under nine minutes to play, when Alex Siblock collided with the Georgina netminder while racing for a loose puck. Siblock would be charged with a five-minute major penalty for charging, and the Bruins would run into further penalty trouble as the Ice scored two powerplay goals to take a two-goal lead. An empty net goal for Georgina would round out the scoring in a 7-4 Bruins loss.
A change of venue the following night would result in a change of fortune for the Bruins as they went into Little Britain and walked away with a 3-1 win.
First period goals from Connor Evans and Robert ‘Reg’ Freckelton pushed the Bruins to an early lead.
Nesbitt’s powerplay goal just over nine minutes into the second period swelled the Bruins’ lead to 3-0. The Merchants would finally get on the board with a powerplay goal early in the third period, but couldn’t solve Branden Francey again as Uxbridge rebounded with a victory.
- The Clarington Eagles soar into Uxrena for the first time this season on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:45 p.m., looking to avenge a 5-1 loss to Uxbridge in Bowmanville on Sept. 27.
- On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Bruins will head down Reach St. for a 2:25 p.m. ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the Port Perry MoJacks.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
There will be an international flavour to the action at Scugog Arena this weekend, with a team from the Netherlands in town to square off against the Predators in an exhibition game.
On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Minor Bantam ‘A’ Predators will face the Tilburg Trappers Under-15 team at 4:30 p.m., following the ‘Battle of North Durham’ between the MoJacks and Uxbridge Bruins on Pad 1.
The game is part of a Canadian tour for the Dutch club, who will be spending four days in the GTA and a further four days in Niagara Falls.
“This has been in planned for two years, and I’ve had a lot of help from Clair Cornish and Brad Turner in bringing this to Port Perry,” Casey vanSchagen told The Standard.
Now in his first year as an Assistant Coach with the Port Perry MoJacks, Blackstock native vanSchagen spent several years playing for the Trappers’ professional team while also coaching in their youth organization before returning home to Scugog Township this past summer. While in the Netherlands, vanSchagen also competed with the Dutch national team.
He added that he worked with fellow former MoJack Barry Forth in setting up an exhibition game for the Trappers in Dundas as part of their tour.
“This will be a great opportunity for everyone involved, especially those kids getting to travel to Canada, where hockey is as big as soccer is over there,” vanSchagen said. “For me, I’ll get to polish up on my Dutch.”
The Minor Bantam Predators are coming off a strong weekend performance at the EdgeAgain Cup Tournament in Whitby, where they advanced to the semi-finals before bowing out against the eventual champs from Barrie.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks survived a scare over the weekend when they made their first-ever trip to Apsley on Saturday, Oct. 11, for a match-up with the North Kawartha Knights, skating to a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory.
The Knights would take a 2-0 lead before Ryan Nichols scored late in the first period, assisted by Ryan Bernardes and Liam Schweda to put Port Perry on the board.
Todd McNair netted his first goal as MoJack just over seven minutes into the second period to knot the game 2-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Just 30 seconds into the third period, the Knights would regain the lead, but it would be short-lived as Graham Lamers converted a pass from Nichols just 40 seconds later to tie the game 3-3. Despite spirited play throughout the remainder of the game into an overtime period, a shootout would be needed to determine the winner.
Kyle Powell scored the lone goal of the shootout to propel the MoJacks to victory, with Jeff Julien turning aside all three of the Knights’ opportunities.
There would be little time for the team to rest, as they were back on the ice the following afternoon (Sunday, Oct. 11) at Scugog Arena to tangle with the Little Britain Merchants.
Akin to the Thanksgiving turkeys served over the weekend, the MoJacks found themselves carved up by the Merchants early, as Little Britain netted a shorthanded, even-strength and power play goal to take a 3-0 lead after the first period.
Just over six minutes into the middle stanza, a long pass from Andrew Crichton made it through a throng of red jerseys and onto Powell’s stick at the Little Britain blue line, and he streaked in on goal, scoring his fourth goal of the season to bring Port Perry to within two goals. Brett Doble would score a late powerplay goal, restoring a three-goal lead for Little Britain at the end of the second period.
Almost four minutes into the third period, the MoJacks would once again cut the Merchants’ lead to two, when Eric MacDonald won a battle for a loose puck, and found Konrad Piorkowski all alone in front of the net, and he eluded Merchants goalie Garrett Haden to score his fourth of the 2014-15 campaign.
However, that would be as close as the MoJacks would get. Blake Shaw prevented the Merchants from adding to their lead, but the home side was unable to convert their scoring chances down the stretch, falling by a final score of 4-2.
Following the game, MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish was blunt when describing his team’s performance.
“We didn’t come ready to play,” Cornish told The Standard. “We had our chances to score, but we have to be better on our second attempts and score dirty goals.”
Cornish did however, offer praise for the performance put in by Bernardes, Nichols and Lamers the previous evening against the Knights.
“For us to be successful, we have to have all 20 guys going every shift. Those guys bring it, and they lead by example, and that’s what we need,” added Cornish.
- The MoJacks travel to Keswick on Friday, Oct. 17, for a 7:30 p.m. tilt with the Georgina Ice.
- On Sunday, Oct. 19, the MoJacks will be back at Scugog Arena for a ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the rival Uxbridge Bruins at 2:25 p.m.