DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks kept pace with the top teams in the Orr division standings, with recent wins over the Lakefield Chiefs and Clarington Eagles.
After their nine game winning streak was snapped by the Uxbridge Bruins, on November 12th, the MoJacks were able to score a 6-3 victory over the Chiefs in Lakefield, on Tuesday, November 14th.
Graham Lamers got the first goal of the game, over 14 minutes into the first period. Then, with only nine seconds left in the first, Luke Wyatt scored a power play goal, giving Port Perry a 2-0 lead.
However, Lakefield scored twice in the second period, and the game was tied 2-2 heading into the third.
Almost three minutes into the third frame, Spencer Robinson scored, giving the MoJacks back the lead. But, less than a minute later, the Chiefs scored and the game was once again tied.
However, the MoJacks were determined to get the win. About seven and a half minutes in, Derek Risebrough scored. Over two minutes later, Robinson scored on the power play, to extend the MoJacks’ lead. Brady Martin added an empty net goal late in the period, and the MoJacks won by a final score of 6-3.
The MoJacks followed up that win with a 2-1 victory over the Clarington Eagles at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, November 19th.
Both teams battled hard in the first period, but the game was scoreless until late in the second period. Jeff Gauld broke the deadlock with a goal over 16 minutes into the period.
Then, less than three and a half minutes into the third period, on the power play, Dan Harris rifled a shot past the Eagles’ goaltender, to give the MoJacks a 2-0 lead. But the Eagles pushed back. Over a minute and a half later, the Eagles found the back of the net and the MoJacks’ lead was cut to one goal.
However, the MoJacks survived a late push from the Eagles and won the game by a final score of 2-1.
Following the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle called the victory a “solid team effort.”
“Clarington really pushed hard in the third. I thought in the first period we were a dominant team. [In the] second period, again I thought we had a solid period, and probably should’ve had a couple goals. But we let them hang around, and they had a big push in the third. They definitely came on, and the last 10 minutes was all Clarington for sure, and we luckily held them off,” Boyle said.
As of press time, the MoJacks, Bruins and Chiefs are in a three-way tie for first place in the PJHL Orr division standings.
The MoJacks will be looking to continue their winning ways when they play against the North Kawartha Knights, on Saturday, November 25th in Apsley, at 2:25 p.m. The MoJacks will then face the Georgina Ice at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, November 26th at 2:25 p.m.
J. Wally Nesbitt
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In a 150 lap race in which half of the starting field failed to see the checkered flag, Uxbridge driver Jason Hathaway survived the mayhem to record an 11th place result in just his second career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the race held November 10th on the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval.
The first two stages (40 laps each) of the Lucas Oil 150 were slowed by only one incident-related caution period, the long green flag runs hampering Hathaways’s progress and leaving the driver of the Premium Motorsports-prepared Kubota/ Choko Motorsports/ Fast Eddie Racewear Silverado running three laps behind the race leaders. Eventually making time to tighten up a ‘loose’ race truck during pit stops, the No. 15 Chevy began a climb through the field.
Following the relatively calm opening half of the race, action quickly picked up in the third and final, 70 lap stage, with a trio of red flag stoppages required to clean up the racing surface after several multi-car crashes.
With 20 laps remaining, the initial red flag was displayed to retrieve the mangled cars of championship contenders Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton, with Hathaway then running in the 18th spot. As the race’s frontrunners continued to knock themselves from contention, Hathaway steadily improved his position, and endured one final restart in a Green/White/ Checkered dash to the stripe to record a result just outside of the top ten.
“First of all, I can’t believe that I had the chance to run a truck at Phoenix Raceway. And never did I think I would have finished P11 in my first oval race. Having an opportunity to run at this fun oval was a dream come true. The NASCAR Camping World Series is so much fun and the competitors are great to race with,” said Hathaway, post-race.
Fellow Canadian driver, NCWTS regular Stewart Friesen, (No. 52 Halmar Chevrolet) somehow squirted through a five-wide, back straight scramble on lap 134, surviving by mere inches the spectacular melee that eliminated Ryan Truex, Jesse Little and Dalton Sargeant. When the checkered flag finally flew to mercifully conclude the mechanical slaughter, Friesen was shown crossing the line in a well-deserved sixth place.
The Canada and Premium Motorsports connection then carried over into Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup feature race, as St. Thomas’s DJ Kennington returned to stock car racing’s premium division at the controls of the No. 15 Northern Provincial Pipelines Chevrolet, gaining 11 spots from his qualifying position to notch a 26th place result in the Can Am 500.
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W.O. Insurance beat out Canadian Tire, 6-0. Scoring for W.O. Insurance were Onyx Kench (3), Emmett Baxter (2), and Kason Candiano. Kench also made an assist. Hunter Sports Photography took the win against Herrington’s Quality Butchers, 7-3. Hunter Sports Photography had goals from Mitchell Blakley (3), Bradley Cloutier (3) and Blake Morden, with an assist by Cullen Prusinski. Jackson Powell popped all three of Herrington’s Quality Butchers goals in the net, unassisted.
Unifor Local 1090 earned the win against Scugog House Cleaners, 7-5. Cole Price scored all seven goals for Unifor Local 1090. Korbin Barr-Waudby, Carter Scott (2) and Ryan White(2) were the goal scorers for Scugog House Cleaners. Noah Babin and Scott assisted. J.F. Construction beat Krown Rust Control, 5-4. Liam Shisko earned a hat trick, with William Aldridge and Charles Langford each scoring. Shisko earned 5 assists as well. Krown Rust Control’s Ethan Binns (2) and Joel Morrow (2) scored. Assisting were Brock Joyce (3) and Morrow.
Eco-Water Systems beat Bucks Construx, 9-1. Eco-Water Systems goal scorers were Franklyn Sleep (3), Austin Dale (3), Tyler Malarczuk (2) and Ryan Vernon. Assisting were Vernon (2), Sleep (2) Aidan Boutara and Malarczuk. Bucks Construx goal was by Charlotte Frew, and assisted by Merrick Lawson. Low & Low Funneral Directors slid in for a win against Port Perry Dental Associates, 5-4. Low & Low’s goals were by Nolan Keith (3), Jessi Stokes and William Pelton. Oliver Worona (3) and Brady Metcalfe scored the Port Perry Dental Associates goals, with Worona assisting as well.
Mondo Hair Salon beat out Cochrane Tree Service, 8-1. Mondo Hair Salon’s Isabella O’Donoghue (3), Nathan Watson (2), Bradley Hext (2) and Braedon Byer scored. Assisting were O’Donoghue (2) and Watson. Lucas Braband scored with an assist from Cole Smith for the solo Cochrane Tree Service goal. Goble Transport won against All Flags Auto Service, 7-2. Goble Transport’s goals came from Cole Casserly (3), Adam Goble, Tyler Moore and Emily Goble, with assists from Logan Kveton-Roy and Adam Goble. The All Flags Auto Service team’s goals were from Lance Miller and Dylan Grant.
Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz won against Urban Landscape, 4-2. Aidan Braband, Lane Horton, Aidan Joyce, and Robert Goss scored for Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz. Braband made an assist as well. Scoring for Urban Landscape Solutions were Karrah Mulligan and Sean Ashby. Luchka Float Service won against The Comfort Shoppe, 6-5. Shayne Hurst (3), Robbie Boadway (2) and Allison Brewster scored for Luchka Float Service. The Comfort Shoppe had goals by Jake Buchanan (2), Katie Brown (2) and Natasha Ashby.
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks’ recent winning streak was snapped by the Uxbridge Bruins over the weekend.
The MoJacks extended their winning streak to nine games on Saturday, November 11th, defeating the Little Britain Merchants, in Little Britain, 11-1. However, the next day, they were shut out by the Uxbridge Bruins 3-0 on home ice.
Spencer Robinson scored the first goal of Saturday’s game, on a power play, less than two minutes into the first period. Then, 31 seconds later, Dan Harris added to the MoJacks’ lead with a power play goal. Two minutes after that, Luke Wyatt scored on the power play, giving the MoJacks a 3-0 lead after the first period.
The Merchants scored less than 30 seconds into the second period, to cut Port Perry’s lead to 3-1. However, that is as close as the game would get. Over eight minutes into the period, Kody Fruhner scored, giving the MoJacks back a three goal lead. Then, with just a bit over four minutes left in the period, Harris scored his second goal of the game. Over 30 seconds later, Wyatt picked up his second goal of the game, and Port Perry had a 6-1 lead. Before the period was over, Tyler Giamov scored, and the MoJacks led 7-1.
Over five minutes into the third period, Wyatt scored his hat trick goal. About two and a half minutes later, Jeff Gauld scored his first goal as a MoJack, and Port Perry’s lead grew to 9-1. Owen Hurtibese and Austin Mackie each scored later in the period, and the MoJacks blew out the Merchants by a final score of 11-1.
However, the MoJacks were not able to find the back of the net in their game against rival Uxbridge Bruins, on Sunday, November 12th. Despite outshooting the Bruins 41 to 25, the MoJacks could not get a goal in the recent edition of the ‘Battle of North Durham.’
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins scored twice in the second period, and one more time in the third period to win the game 3-0.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb told The Standard the MoJacks were simply “outworked” by the Bruins.
“Today wasn’t our best effort. We were just a little step behind them,” he said. “That wasn’t our best game of the year, that’s for sure.”
Interestingly, coming into Sunday’s game, the last time Port Perry had lost was on October 8th, when they were defeated by Uxbridge by the same score of 3-0.
The MoJacks were in action again against the Lakefield Chiefs on Tuesday, November 14th, past The Standard’s press deadline. The MoJacks will face the Clarington Eagles at Scugog Arena on Sunday, November 19th, at 2:25 p.m.
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UXBRIDGE: Facing off against a pair of bitter rivals, the Uxbridge Bruins extended their recent winning streak to four straight games, over the weekend, posting hard-fought wins over the Clarington Eagles and Port Perry MoJacks.
In a tightly contested affair against the Eagles, at the Bear Den on Friday, Nov. 10th, the Bruins prevailed by a final score of 3-2.
Michael Rennie had the lone goal of the 1st period, but the Eagles would soar back to tie the game after 40 minutes.
Just 13 seconds into the 3rd period, a powerplay goal by Robert Freckelton put Uxbridge ahead for good. Just past the halfway point of the third period, Kieran Beaudoin extended Uxbridge’s lead to 3-1.
A late powerplay goal by the Eagles drew the visitors within one, but they couldn't get anything past Ryan McConkey, as he stopped 42 of 44 shots for his fifth straight win. The Bruins downed the Eagles by a final score of 3-2.
The Bruins followed up their strong effort with another stellar showing, on Sunday afternoon in Port Perry, as they scored a divisive win in the Battle of North Durham, with a 3-0 shutout against the archrival MoJacks.
Port Perry came into the game riding an eight-game winning streak, but they were no match for the sensational goaltending of Ryan McConkey. The second-year netminder stopped all 41 shots, en-route to his sixth consecutive win.
Uxbridge netted goals in all three periods, with Carson Bell lighting the lamp in the first, Cristian Giorgio scoring a power play goal, late in the second, and Matthew Hunter putting the match away, with a shorthanded goal in the final frame.
One of the changes in Sunday’s match was a marked difference from the Bruins, following a hotly-contested first period that featured plenty of bad blood between the rival teams.
“We addressed that after the first period, and asked why we’re wasting our energy after the whistle. If you’re going to waste your energy; do it going hard to the net and trying to score a goal,” explained Bruins head coach Rob Acton.
Acton also praised the recent efforts of Uxbridge’s goaltending tandem of McConkey and Jake Joosten.
“As a player, you’re always more confident when you know that your goaltender is going to be there to bail you out,” added Acton. “We’re very lucky to have two excellent options in net.”
- The Bruins wish to thank all of those involved with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 for helping to put together the Remembrance Day ceremony prior to Friday night’s game.
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- This weekend, the Bruins have just one game. They will host the Georgina Ice at the Bear Den on Friday night, with the action getting underway at 7:45 p.m.
- Be sure to look for the Bruins in this weekend’s 57th annual Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade, starting at the Arena at 11 a.m., and ending approximately an hour later at Uxbridge Secondary School.
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KAWARTHA: The Lindsay Muskies put up a lot better fight, but still fell by a score of 6-3 to the Spirit, Saturday night.
The Muskies got off to a good start, when Ryan Smith scored his 4th goal of the season, from Brendan Tomilson and Mike Cimini, at 4:47, to put the Fish up by one, but just under two minutes later, at 6:37, Jack Varga tied the game on a power play, from Curtis Rawn.
The Spirit took a 2-1 lead, at 13:18, on a goal from Kosta Manikis. Justin Mahabir and Isaak Phillips drew the assists on the go ahead goal.
In the second period newly acquired defenseman Greg Arnburg scored his 1st of the season, from Jake Dale, to tie the game 2-2, at 5:05, but Beau Binnie restored the one goal Stouffville lead, at 7:29, when he scored, from Lyam Cripps and Jacob Breckles. The Muskies kept fighting back on this night though, and Cam Robinson’s 2nd of the season tied the game 3-3. That goal was a power play goal, at 10:10, and was assisted by Brandon Carr-Ansah and Noah Dollo. Again though, the Spirit bounced back, at 12:42, with another power play goal, which turned out to be the game winner. Curtis Brown scored it, from Connor Evans and Varga. With just 1:11 left in the period, Stouffville went up by two, when Brandon MacKinnon scored, from Ian Vucko.
The third period only saw one goal, but it essentially put an end to any thoughts of a Muskies comeback. The goal went to Tyler Kulba at 10:11, from Andrew Hughes and Jacob Breckles.
The next action for the Muskies is Thursday night, when they travel to Kingston.
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UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins posted back-to-back wins over the weekend, and as of press time are in a three-way tie with the Lakefield Chiefs and Port Perry MoJacks for top spot in the PJHL Orr Division table, with each team currently sitting at 24 points.
Looking to put a 7-2 loss in Lakefield, on the evening of Oct. 31st, behind them, the Bruins hosted the North Kawartha Knights, at the Bear Den, on Friday, Nov. 3rd.
Goals from Michael Rennie and Simon Fieg gave Uxbridge a 2-0 lead, heading into the 3rd period.
In the final frame, goals from Adam Bartholomew and Noah Donaghy pushed Uxbridge to a commanding 4-0 lead, before the Knights could find the back of the net, just past the midpoint of the third period.
Rennie’s second of the night rounded out the scoring for the Bruins, with North Kawartha adding a late goal, as Uxbridge took the win, by a final score of 5-2.
Ryan McConkey stopped 37 of 39 shots to improve his record to 7-2-0 on the season.
On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins were back on the ice, as they headed to Sutton, for a matinee match-up with the Georgina Ice.
After falling behind by a score of 3-1, six unanswered goals allowed the Bruins to claw their way back from a 2nd period deficit, to win 7-4 over the Georgina Ice this afternoon in Sutton.
Donaghy had a pair of goals in the victory, with Matthew Hunter, Simon Fieg, Kieran Beaudoin, Aiden Reilly and Damien Heinle chipping in with singles.
McConkey turned aside 31 of 35 shots for his fourth consecutive win.
- The Clarington Eagles soar into the Bear Den on Friday, November 10th, to tangle with the Bruins at 7:45 p.m. As of press time, the Eagles sit in Orr Division fourth-place in the table, with 21 points.
- On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins will wrap up their weekend with a ‘Battle of North Durham’, against the MoJacks at Scugog Arena. The action gets underway at 2:25 p.m.
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Two quick third period goals sealed the Muskies fate Friday night, as they fell to the Pickering Panthers by a score of 3-2.
Brock Traill’s 11th of the season got the Muskies on the board, at 3:20, of the first period. The goal was unassisted.
In the second period, Jake Dale’s 1st of the year from Traill and Mike Cimini at 5:22, gave the Fish a 2-0 bulge, but Pickering answered back quickly, just 21 seconds later, when Riley Girard scored from Jacob Roach and Massimo Petricca, to make it 2-1.
Two goals, just 15 seconds apart in the third, gave Pickering a lead they would not relinquish. Mitchell Gustavsen scored at 7:02, from Roach and Anthony Azzano, then Josh Argier scored the game winning goal, from Adam Wheaton and Davis Teigen-Katsumi at 7:17.
The next game for the Muskies is Sunday afternoon in Wellington.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
Canadian race car drivers, Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe met at Goodwood Kartways last Thursday, to greet fans, sign autographs, and discuss their brand new, all Canadian, IndyCar racing team.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports of the Verizon IndyCar Series, recently announced Mr. Hinchcliffe has agreed to a multi-year contract, with the team and Mr. Wickens has signed on to be his partner.
Robert Wickens competed in his last DTM race, with the Mercedes-AMF team at Hockenheim, and said he is sad to be leaving Mercedes but is excited to compete in IndyCar with Hinchcliffe.
“Hockenheim, last weekend, was really tough, knowing that it was the last one. I was justtrying cherish every memory I could, and take everything in,” Mr. Wickens said. “It’s tough, because I’ve been there for six years and I’ve made such good friendships, honestly, they’re a second family to me,”.
He told the Standard it’s bittersweet, leaving the Mercedes team, but representing Canada in IndyCar racing is something he looks forward to.
There hasn’t been an all Canadian Indy Car team in over a decade, not since Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier competed back in 2004. So, expectations are high for the two Canadians, as the 2018 season approaches.
“So many Canadians have done the series proud. The fact that it’s been over a decade, since there’s been an all Canadian lineup in Indy Car, it’s an honour to be a part of that and I hope we can look back in 15, 20 years from now, grey-haired, and be proud of a legacy we made,” Mr. Wickens said.
He has spent most of his racing career competing in Europe, and is happy to return back to Canada and compete at home. “I haven’t been able to race in my home country for 10 or 11 years now. So being able to do that and hopefully get some good results for my Canadian people is going to be really special.”
In addition to representing Canada, Robert is also happy to be racing with his old buddy, James Hinchcliffe. They raced together in their youth, at Goodwood Kartways, and always kept in touch.
According to Robert, the two motorsports champions, each carved out careers in the racing industry, they always remained friends. “He’s ultimately my best friend, definitely one of them, that’s for sure, and even though we haven’t raced against each other for quite a while, our friendship definitely didn’t spread apart,” he said.
Roberts is looking forward to his first full-stop IndyCar race in St. Petersburg, and is eager to compete in the new racing league.
When asked about his future in IndyCar racing, Mr. Wickens said he’s optimistic and can’t wait to compete. “Making Canada proud on a world scale, and trying to raise awareness of Canadian motorsport [is] the biggest thing [for me.] And trying to give back anyway we can, every step of the way,”.
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks extended their winning streak to 8 games, with back-to-back victories over the weekend.
They defeated the North Kawartha Knights 5-2, in Apsley, Saturday, November 4th, and then dominated the Lakefield Chiefs, on home ice, Sunday, November 5th, winning the game 8-1.
The MoJacks had a new player on the roster in Saturday’s game, as they had recently signed Jeff Gauld, a former member of the Whitby Fury. Gauld was signed after he was released by the Fury. MoJacks general manager, Murray Parliament explained why the team decided to sign Gauld.
“He’s fairly skilled. It will take a while for him to get used to his teammates, but he’s a good skilled player and he’s a good all-around player which we like about him.”
The Knights scored the first goal of the game less than three minutes into the first period. Gauld was given an assist on that goal, which was his first point as a MoJack. However, Liam Schweda scored about five minutes later to tie the game 1-1.
Then, with four and a half minutes left in the first period, Graham Lamers scored, giving the MoJacks their first period lead of the game.
Late in the second period, Brady Martin extended the MoJacks lead to 3-1 with a goal. Gauld assisted on that goal giving him his second point of the night.
North Kawartha cut the MoJacks lead to 3-2, over five and a half minutes into the third period. But, Fruhner scored to restore the MoJacks two-goal lead less than five minutes later.
Lamers later scored his second goal of the game, and the MoJacks won the game 5-2.
The MoJacks then headed home for a game against the Lakefield Chiefs on Sunday, with an opportunity to enter into a tie for first place in the Orr division.
The MoJacks got on the board first in Sunday’s game. With a little over seven and a half minutes remaining in the first period, Austin Mackie received a perfect pass from Brady Martin and scored, to give the MoJacks a 1-0 lead.
Over two minutes later though, Lamers was assessed a five minute penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind, and Lakefield scored a power play goal to tie the game, less than a minute and a half into that penalty.
But, that was as close as the game would get. Just over a minute into the second period, Dan Harris scored, giving the MoJacks back their lead. Harris scored again, over four and a half minutes later, to extend the lead to 3-1. Then, Josh Dickson made it a 4-1 lead, with a goal less than three minutes after that.
Over halfway through the period, Derek Risebrough received a perfect cross-crease pass from Mackie and put the puck in the back of the net, to extend the MoJacks’ lead to 5-1.
The MoJacks scored three more times in the third period. Mackie had two of those goals to give him a hat trick, and Dickson scored his second goal of the game.
MoJacks goaltender, Corey Kuypers stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in the game and the MoJacks won 8-1.
The wins put the MoJacks into a three way tie, with Uxbridge and Lakefield, for first place in the Orr division.
After the game, MoJacks head coach, Tom Boyle called the victory over Lakefield a “total team effort.”
“All four lines up front were going, the six [defencemen] were going and solid, just a good team effort,” he said. “Lakefield’s a great team, and today we got some breaks and a few bounces and came out on the right side.”
Gauld now has four assists in his first two games as a MoJack. Boyle explained what he has thought of the way Gauld has played in his first couple of games with the team.
“Solid. exactly what I was expecting to see from him. Jeff’s a great player, solid 200 foot player, great in the [faceoffs], [a] solid reliable player,” he said. “He played last night, up in North Kawartha, and played a solid game as he did this afternoon, so we are looking for that kind of effort from him all season.”
The MoJacks will be looking for another win when they take on the Little Britain Merchants, on Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11th, at 7:30 p.m. in Little Britain.
They will then head home to Scugog Arena, to face rival Uxbridge Bruins, on Sunday, November 12th, at 2:25 p.m.