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LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies played an entertaining game against the Whitby Fury Friday night, but an empty net goal from Jeffery Gauld, with 30 seconds remaining, sealed a 5-2 victory for the Fury.
The Fury got off to a quick start, scoring a pair of goals in quick succession, to open up a 2-0 lead. Ryan Heeps scored from Mitchell Waldron and Patrick Demaio at 6:43, then at 7:22 it was Matt Latin from Scott Kirton and Jeffery Gauld. The Muskies then played a little more even, but, before the period ended, Whitby went up 3-0, on a power play goal at 17:34, by Justin Brand, from Kirton and Heeps.
The Fury increased their lead to 4-0 at 6:47 of the second, when Brock Welsh scored from Nick Coric and Kirton. The Muskies finally got on the board, at 15:17, when Ethan Ramsden ripped a shot home, assisted by Kyle Diamond and Ryan Smith. The Muskies looked to get closer as the second period ended, with a short two man advantage, but when the buzzer sounded they trailed by a count of 4-1.
In the third the Muskies continued to build momentum, and they were rewarded when Cam Lamport scored a power play marker at 9:57, from Cole Robbins and Cam Robinson. They looked to draw closer in a late surge with the goaltender on the bench, but a shot from in close rang off the post. Just after that, the empty net goal from Gauld, assisted by Brand and Welsh, wrapped things up.
The loss keeps the Muskies two points out of the final playoff spot, which is currently held by Newmarket. The next action for Lindsay is Sunday afternoon in Markham, then they are off to Cobourg Monday night, before heading into the Christmas break.
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NORTH DURHAM: The Port Perry MoJacks, once again, had their weekend slate of Provincial Junior Hockey League action cut in half, due to weather, but managed to score a 5-2 win over the rival Uxbridge Bruins, in the latest round of ‘The Battle of North Durham’ on Sunday afternoon.
After wicked winter weather forced the team to postpone their Friday night match-up in Keswick against the Georgina Ice, the MoJacks turned their attention to a pivotal Orr Division match-up opposite Uxbridge at Scugog Arena. The game saw the team host their annual ‘Wooly Toss’ in support of Operation Scugog, after it had been delayed, following the postponement of last weekend’s home date against the North Kawartha Knights.
Bubba McCullough wasted little time putting the MoJacks on the scoreboard, with a power play goal, less than three minutes into the action, sending a barrage of winter hats, mittens, gloves and scarves streaming down from the crowd.
Just over 10 minutes later, Konrad Piorkowski gave the crowd something else to cheer about when he scored, to give the MoJacks a 2-0 advantage. The goal gave Piorkowski a ‘Pointstreak Era’, 2007 to present, team record of 130 points, passing Matt Murray for the honour.
A Nick Sribny shorthanded goal, with just 28 seconds remaining in the opening period, put the Bruins on the board, with assists credited to Simon Fieg and Ryan Dunlop.
The second period opened with great scoring chances for both teams. Stymied by the goal post and terrific defensive zone play, both sides brought increased physicality to the middle frame, looking for the pivotal next goal. That goal would come just before the midpoint of the period, when Cole Murray powered past a Bruins defender and tucked the puck in, to restore a two-goal lead for the MoJacks.
The Bruins were buoyed in the latter half of the second by several sensational saves, from net minder Jake Joosten, including a quick flash of his glove on a Graham Lamers scoring chance.
The Bruins remained desperate to claw their way back into the game in the third period, despite strong goaltending from Port Perry’s Blake Shaw and sound defensive zone coverage from Liam Schweda and Lucas Berkers. However, with just under nine minutes to play in regulation, Damien Heinle cut sharply on net and beat Shaw low with some nifty stick work, to bring the Bruins back to within a goal.
That would be as close a Uxbridge would get, as late penalties sunk the Bruins’ comeback charge, when Mitch Gustavsen potted a pair of power play goals to seal the win for Port Perry, with assists credited to Schweda, Dan Harris, Tyler Hutchinson and Piorkowski.
While Piorkowski now holds the ‘Poinstreak Era’ points mark, from 1987 to present, as far back as OHA records date, the modern era scoring record still belongs to Brad Menzies, who complied a remarkable 250 points over the course of four seasons, with the MoJacks from 1988 to 1992. His longtime linemate, and fellow Port Perry product, John Harman maintains the career record for assists with 140.
The MoJacks career mark for goals belongs to Keith Leslie with 108. As well, Leslie, later an Assistant Coach with the Bruins and Little Britain Merchants, set the single season scoring record with 101 points, from 49 goals and 52 assists, both single season marks, in a dazzling display during the 1995-96 season.
The Bruins and MoJacks will renew hostilities on Friday night, Dec. 23rd, when ‘The Battle of North Durham’ shifts west on Reach Rd., with a 7:45 p.m. match-up at the Bear Den in Uxbridge.
Uxbridge closes out 2016 when the Lakefield Chiefs visit the Bear Den, on Friday, Dec. 30th.
The MoJacks will ring in 2017 with a special event at Scugog Arena, when EHC Dudendorf visit Port Perry all the way from Switzerland for an exhibition game, starting at 2:25 p.m., on New Year’s Day, which promises to be a can’t-miss event for local hockey fans.
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LITTLE BRITAIN: The Little Britain Merchants posted back-to-back-to-back wins over a very busy weekend, shutting down the Uxbridge Bruins, Georgina Ice and North Kawartha Knights, as the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) season prepares for its stretch run.
The Merchants opened their weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 victory, at the Bear Den in Uxbridge over the Bruins.
First period goals from Ryan Shaw and Jordan Sharpe pushed Little Britain to a 2-0 advantage. The early stages of the second period saw the teams quickly trade goals, with Damien Heinle scoring for Uxbridge, just 47 seconds into the frame, and Nick Thomakos replying for the Merchants less than a minute later, to restore a two-goal cushion for the visitors.
A powerplay goal by Hayden Long extended Little Britain’s lead to 4-1, but the Bruins would claw their way back into the game, and make a late charge behind goals from Wes Cowie and Alex Siblock. However, Uxbridge was unable to net the equalizer, despite great power play chances in the final minute, as the Merchants held on for the narrow victory.
The following evening, the action shifted back to Little Britain, with Georgina in town for an Orr Division match-up. The two sides sprang right into the action, with Aidan Renouf giving the home side an early lead, only for Georgina to quickly strike back with three unanswered goals. However, before the first period had expired, Renouf and Kyle O’Donnell both lit the lamp for the Merchants to knot the action at 3-3.
The Ice regained the lead, almost five minutes into the second period, but their offence would melt away shortly afterwards, with Little Britain rolling to victory, as they netted eight more goals before the final buzzer blared, winning by a final tally of 11-4 over the cellar-dwelling Ice. O’Donnell and Bubba Watson would both finish the evening with a hat tricks, as Long, Jesse Craig and Blake Abbott chipped in with singles. Thomakos wrapped up the night with three assists.
The Merchants would ring up their third win in as many nights on Sunday evening, when they downed the North Kawartha Knights, in Little Britain by a final score of 7-4.
Watson continued his strong play over the weekend, with a goal and three assists, and Thomakos extended his consecutive game point streak to seven games, with two goals and an assist. Mitch Brown, Mac West, Sharpe and O’Donnell rounded out the goal scorers for the Merchants.
Due to the Holiday break, the Merchants will not be back on home ice in ‘The Sports Capital of the Kawarthas’ until Saturday, Jan. 7th, when they tangle with the Lakefield Chiefs at 7:30 p.m.
This week, the Merchants are in Bowmanville for a 7:20 p.m. tilt with the Clarington Eagles, on Thursday night.
On Tuesday, Dec. 27th, the Merchants make the trek to Lakefield to square off against the Chiefs, with the action getting underway at 7:30 p.m.
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The Lindsay Muskies had a huge third period as they upset the Markham Royals by a score of 4-3, Sunday afternoon in Markham.
Dayton Kent’s 5th goal of the season got the Muskies on the board on a power play, at 5:32 from Mike Cimini and Matt McNamara, but just before the first period ended the Royals evened things up. Laine McKay scored, from William Sirman and Lucas Condotta, with just one second left on the clock.
In the second period Markham cranked up the pressure, outshooting the Muskies by a 16-8 count, but could only manage one goal. That goal came from Sirman on a power play, at 17:57 from Josh Hardiman and Brett Ouderkirk.
In the third the Muskies came to life, scoring a pair of quick goals to retake the lead. Brock Traill scored his 10th of the year, from Cam Lamport and Owen Barnett at 6:05, then, just over a minute later, Cody McNabb’s first goal of the season at 7:10, from Ryan Smith and Ethan Ramsden, made the score 3-2. At 13:55, Adriano Leone tied the game at 3-3, from Zack Grzelewski and Condotta. Undaunted though, the Muskies kept coming, and at 15:34 Kyle Diamond netted what would be the winning goal. The goal was Diamond's 6th of the season, and was assisted by Ramsden and Cole Robbins.
The win improves the Muskies record to 11 wins, 19 regulation losses, and 3 overtime losses, keeping them just two points behind Newmarket for the final playoff spot.
The next action for Lindsay is Monday night in Cobourg.
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LINDSAY: It was a night of firsts at the Rec Complex in Lindsay Friday night. Darius Kondrotas had his first OJHL goal in overtime, and Tyler Richardson picked up his first win in goal, as Lindsay picked up a come from behind 4-3 overtime win over Kingston.
Ryan Smith got the Muskies off to a great start at 2:36, from Kyle Diamond and Cam Robinson. The teams continued to trade chances throughout the period, but Richardson in goal for Lindsay and Zach Springer for Kingston made big saves. Adam Kim tied the game for Kingston at 15:45, from Brandon Nadeau and Cole Beckstead.
In the second, Kingston took a 2-1 lead at 8:27, when Reid Russell scored from Josh LeBlanc and Danny Bosio. The Muskies kept coming though, and at 15:10 Cam Lamport scored his 7th goal in the last three games, to tie the game at 2-2 from Brock Traill and Mike Cimini. But at 17:57, the Vees converted a power play opportunity, when LeBlanc batted one in, that was reviewed to see if it was a high stick that knocked the puck in. The referees seemed split but the goal was awarded, giving Kingston a 3-2 lead heading into the third. the assists went to Nadeau and Kyle Hallbauer.
For the second straight visit to Lindsay, the Vees saw a third period lead evaporate, when Cole Robbins fired a shot past Springer at 5:57. Brock Traill picked up the assist. The Muskies continued to generate good chances but there were no more goals, so we were headed to overtime.
In overtime Noah Dollo made a nice play, to get the puck back to Kondrotas who fired home the winner at :59. The other assist went to Kyle Diamond.
After the game, a beaming Kondrotas said he just followed up the play, and that Dollo faked a nice shot before getting the puck back to him for the winning shot. Darius was happy to have his Mom and Grandma in attendance to see his first goal.
The win leaves the Muskies four points out of the last playoff spot. They are chasing Newmarket, who were defeated by the Wellington Dukes Friday night.
The next action for Lindsay is Saturday night in Aurora.
Uxbridge/Stouffville’s very own Air Force Mavericks All Star Cheerleaders took to the stage this weekend, to perform at their first competition of the season in Oshawa.
These athletes competed in an action packed two-and-a-half-minute routine, consisting of stunting, tumbling, jumps, and dance, alongside 215 teams and over 3500 athletes from Ontario and Quebec, and all for a great cause. ‘Cheer for the Cure’ is a charity competition that raises funds for breast cancer research, and participating teams show their support by donning articles of pink clothing, in addition to the normal glitz and glamour of a cheer uniform.
All Star Cheerleading, now commonly just referred to as ‘cheer’, has evolved considerably from the early days of pom-poms and sideline cheers at football games. Cheer routines now combine the artistry and athleticism of a gymnastics floor routine with the energy and group choreography of a dance performance, topped off with the stunting acrobatics cheerleading has always been known for. As one of Canada’s fastest growing youth sports, cheerleading welcomes male and female athletes from ages 4 to adult, who want to join in the high-flying fun. The Air Force Mavericks are now in their 4th season and are steadily growing, as interest in the sport spreads through word of mouth and involvement in Uxbridge/Stouffville community events.
The Air Force Mavericks had 5 teams competing in different age categories and divisions at Cheer for the Cure. The Mini (6-8 yr) ‘Cadets’ placed in an outstanding 2nd place, in a competitive division of 8 teams. The ‘Lieutenants’ stole the show in the Large Youth (9-11yr) division, and placed 2nd among 5 of the best teams in the province. The Junior (11-14yr) level 2 ‘Captains’ brought home a well-earned 2nd place trophy, with a high-energy performance in a very strong division. The Senior (14-18yr) ‘Generals’ really turned some heads with their breathtaking performance, finishing in 3rd out of 8 talented teams in the level 1 division. Finally, the Senior Level 3 ‘Marshals’ rounded out the podium-placement sweep, with an outstanding 2nd place finish, less than a half point off first, in a very competitive division of 8 teams.
The Mavericks will be taking to the stage four more times this year, at competitions across southern Ontario, with eyes on the much-coveted ‘national champion’ title, at Cheer Evolution Nationals in Niagara Falls, April 7th to 9th. Videos of all competition performances can be found on the ‘Canadian Cheer Videos’ channel on YouTube, or by searching ‘Air Force Mavericks’. Until then, the Mavericks can be found every weeknight at their training facility, ‘The Hangar’, working on building skills, soaring high, and getting ready for their next moment in the spotlight!
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UXBRIDGE: With the holiday season approaching, the Uxbridge Bruins have been gifted with a recent three-game winning streak, after posting weekend victories over the Georgina Ice and North Kawartha Knights.
The Bruins skated to an 8-3 win over the Ice, in Uxbridge on Friday, Dec. 9th, and the next night, downed the Knights in Apsley, by a final tally of 4-1, to move within three points of North Kawartha in the battle over fourth place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s (PJHL) Orr Division standings.
Adam Bartholomew’s five point night, led the way for the Bruins in their home ice win over the Ice, with the veteran defenceman posting a new high-mark for points in a game by an Uxbridge player this season, after scoring twice and chipping in with three assists. Meanwhile, goaltender Ryan McConkey turned aside 30 shots, as he continues an impressive rookie campaign in the Bear Den.
The Bruins never trailed in their match-up with the Ice, holding a commanding 4-0 lead at the end of the first period, behind goals from Aiden Reilly, Nick Sribny, Derek Dolan and Liam Timewell. The second period saw Uxbridge’s lead swell to 6-2, behind Bartholomew’s pair, with Markshall Lockhart and Coby Gardner rounding out the scoring in the final frame.
The following night’s match-up in North Kawartha was similarly one-sided, with the Bruins holding the lead throughout the game, after goals in the first and second period by Wes Cowie and a pair of third period markers by Alex Siblock, before a last-minute goal by the Knights spoiled Jake Joosten’s shutout bid.
- On Friday night, the Bruins will be collecting new unwrapped toys, in support of the Uxbridge Toy Drive.
- The Bruins will face a pair of tough tests this weekend, with the Little Britain Merchants visiting the Bear Den, on Friday, Dec. 16th for a 7:45 p.m. match-up. On Sunday, Dec. 18th, the team will make the short trip east on Reach Rd., to Scugog Arena, for a ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the Port Perry MoJacks, with the action getting underway at 2:25 p.m.
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The Port Perry MoJacks made the most of their weekend, posting a 5-3 win in Little Britain on Saturday night, before winter weather wiped out their home affair, on Sunday afternoon, against the North Kawartha Knights.
The Merchants, meanwhile, will be looking to quickly put this weekend behind them, after falling in back-to-back games by identical scores, after the Clarington Eagles soared to a 5-3 win, in ‘The Sports Capital of the Kawarthas’ on Sunday evening.
First period goals by Graham Lamers and Lucas Berkers paced the MoJacks to a 2-0 lead, through 20 minutes in Little Britain on Saturday night. The Merchants would come roaring back in the second period, tying the game on goals from Hayden Long and Nick Thomas, before the MoJacks were able to pull away for good with a three-goal outburst, late in the middle frame. Mitch Gustavsen, Lamers and Ben Sheremeta all scored for Port Perry, with Skyler Andrus chipping in with a third period score for Little Britain, but it was as close as the Shopkeepers would get, with the MoJacks prevailing by a score of 5-3.
On Sunday night, the Merchants were looking to bounce back with the Clarington Eagles in town, for the second half of a back-to-back weekend of Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) action in Little Britain.
Little Britain stormed to an early lead less than three minutes into the action, when Nick Thomakos lit the lamp for the home side, assisted by Derek Risebrough. However, the Eagles would reply with a pair of goals around the middle of the opening stanza, to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play.
It was a tie game less than five minutes into the middle frame, when Mac West connected on a powerplay goal, assisted by Thomakos. The teams would carry on their see-saw match, throughout the second period, trading goals with a Ryan Shaw score sandwiched, around a pair of Eagles goals as Clarington clung to a 4-3 advantage, heading into the third period.
Clarington goalie Curtis Laviolette would prove to be the difference down the stretch, as the rookie netminder made several sensational saves, while the Merchants overwhelmed the Eagles’ defence throughout the final 20 minutes, peppering Laviolette with 18 shots, outshooting the Eagles by 10 in the final frame, but they couldn’t slip the puck over the line. An empty net goal gave Clarington some breathing room late in the contest, as they escaped with a 5-3 victory, on a snowy evening in Kawartha Lakes.
- With Sunday’s game cancelled, the MoJacks were forced to postpone their annual ‘Wooly Toss’, in support of Operation Scugog. The event will now take place during ‘The Battle of North Durham’, at Scugog Arena on Sunday, Dec. 18th, with the rival Uxbridge Bruins in town for a 2:25 p.m. matinee match-up. Fans are asked to bring winter hats, gloves, mittens or scarves (wrapped in a plastic bag), to be tossed onto the ice when the MoJacks score their first goal of the game. Everything then collected will be staying in the community to help local families stay warm this winter.
- Thomas continues to pile up points since being signed by the Merchants. In 12 games played, the Central Ontario Wolves product from Zephyr has 17 points, having scored in his past four outings.
- This weekend will be another busy one for the Merchants, as they travel to Uxbridge on Friday, Dec. 16th, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up at the Bear Den. On Saturday night, they are back on home ice, hosting the Georgina Ice at 7:30 p.m., wrapping up the weekend with another home game, facing off against North Kawartha, at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening.
- The MoJacks will make the trek to Keswick, on Friday, Dec. 16th, looking to melt the Georgina Ice, with the action getting underway at 7:30 p.m.
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LINDSAY: Cam Robinson’s second goal of the game turned out to be the game winner, while Cam Lamport picked up four assists, as the Lindsay Muskies defeated the Aurora Tigers Saturday night, by a score of 5-4. The win was the second in a row for the team this weekend.
The first period started off with a frenzy of goals. Robinson got Lindsay on the board with an early power play goal, from Lamport and Owen Barnett at the 2:10 mark, but, in a span of just over two minutes, the Tigers had roared back to take a lead. Eric Holland scored at 3:53, from Luca Esposito and Mel Melconian, to tie the game at 1-1, then James Thomson put the Tigers up by a goal at 4:39, from Tyler Davis and Steven McaLean. Lindsay defenceman Cole Robbins picked up his second goal in as many games at 9:36, from Lamport and Brock Traill, to tie the game back up at 2-2 before the end of the first.
In the second period, rookie Ryan Smith put Lindsay back on top with an unassisted goal, but again the Tigers would score two to retake the lead. Brandon MacKinnon tied the game at 6:56, from Jacob Kostopoulos and Matthew Tozer. then Holland’s second of the game put Aurora up 4-3, on a power play at 11:42, from Louis Vlahalis and Esposito. Again though, the Muskies would even things up before the period ended, when Owen Barnett scored a power play goal from Lamport and Traill, with just 27 seconds remaining in the period.
The third period saw only one goal. It came off the stick of Robinson at the 55 second mark, again, assisted by Lamport. That goal stood up as the winner, as Sean Green and the Muskie squad were able to shut down the Tigers the rest of the way.
The win improves Lindsay’s record to 10 wins, 18 regulation losses, and 3 overtime losses, and leaves them just two points behind the Newmarket Hurricanes, for the last playoff spot in the division.
The next action for the Muskies is Friday night, when they host the Whitby Fury.
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This past Saturday, the Uxbridge Curling Club hosted their annual Men’s Turkey Spiel. A total of sixteen teams participated in the event, who curled three games and were then treated to wonderful hospitality and meals, prepared by the club’s membership.
The overall winners were Uxbridge’s own Gary Grant and his team of; Bill Harrison at vice, Dave Farr at second and brother Randy Grant at lead. The team finished the day with three wins, scoring an overall 44.25 points. The team opened the day defeating Uxbridge’s Frank Kafun, before prevailing in a hard fought battle against father Ray Grant. The team closed out the spiel with a victory over the Don McGregor foursome.
A special 'Thank You' to all of the club volunteers that gave up time on a Saturday to make the day possible. The next club hosted bonspiel is the Men’s T-Bone Spiel, on January 7th, 2017.
Golphin Takes JBOB
The Port Perry Curling Club welcomed sixteen teams to the annual JBOB Senior Mixed Bonspiel this past weekend. Teams from Sutton, Tam Heather (Scarborough), Whitby, Leaside, Annandale (Ajax), Unionville, Schomberg and Port Perry participated in the event.
Teams played two, eight-end games. When all the points were calculated, Terry Golphin’s Port Perry team, of Marita Kersten, Peter and Susan Duivesteyn, took home the overall championship trophy. Doug Miller, from Tam Heather, was the top two-game winner on the late draw.
Event coordinator Barb Davidson would like to send a special 'Thank You', to Bob and Andrea Lamb from JBOB Holsteins, for their generous support and long-time sponsorship of this event.
Jackson Off to Master’s Provincials
Port Perry’s Carol Jackson is headed back to Provincials. Last weekend in Huntsville, her team of Pat Reid, Marilyn Pleckaitis, and Laura Davis-Cook won both their games, to earn their spot at the Masters Womens Provincial Championships at the Glencoe Curling Club, starting January 11th.
In the team’s first game, they stole two points in consecutive ends, to win 6-2 against Kathleen Gorsline from the King Curling Club. In the A-Final, up 6-3 after six ends of play, the team gave up a three to Gayle McKenna from Barrie. With the score tied, Jackson had last rock advantage in the final end, and took her single to win 7-6. Congratulations to Team Jackson!
For Port Perry’s Don Beaton, the weekend didn’t go as planned for the squad, at their qualifier in Unionville. The team lost both their games, losing 6-2 to Scorboro Golf’s Bob Turcotte and then 6-4 to Tom McArthur from Ennismore, to knock them out of the competition.
Provincial Banner Presented
A celebration was held last Thursday night, at the Port Perry Curling Club, for Team Hart. OCA Past President Joan O’Leary was in attendance, to present the team with their 2016 Bantam Provincial Curling Championship banner. This sibling team; of skip David Hart, vice Rachel Steele, second Nathan Steele, and Lead Lauren Hart, went 12 and 1 overall, earning the championship last April in London. President Clive Powell presented them with a framed team photograph which, along with the Provincial banner, will be on permanent display at the club. Congratulations again to this talented young team.