If your New Year’s Resolution to quit or cut back on cigarettes has already gone up in smoke, this contest can give you a cash incentive to get back on track.
The 'Wouldurather' contest (www.wouldurather.ca) is open to young people in Ontario, between the ages of 18 to 29 years, who regularly smoke, only smoke socially, have stopped smoking, or never smoked in their lives. As the contest name implies, participants are asked if they would rather reduce smoking or win cash prizes.
“If you’re are looking for a reason to give up or reduce tobacco use, the Wouldurather contest is a great way to motivate yourself,” says Jennifer Robertson, a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Wouldurather offers you a chance to win cash for quitting, but also provides plenty of support to help you along the way.”
People only have until January 27th, to register for the Wouldurather contest, which runs over six weeks, January 28th to March 10th.
There are four categories to enter:
Quit For Good: Quit smoking completely and have a chance to win $2,500.
Keep The Count: Cut smoking by half to be eligible to win $1,000.
Party Without The Smoke: Cut out smoking while drinking or partying for a chance to win $500.
Don't Start and Win: Stay smoke-free for an opportunity to win $250.
People can register with a ‘buddy’ who can support them during the contest. Additional quit-smoking resources are also available for participants in the Wouldurather contest, including access to no-cost nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum).
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UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins kept pace with the Orr Division leaders, in a thrilling weekend of PJHL hockey that saw the team score a 4-3 win over the Lakefield Chiefs and a 2-2 tie against the North Kawartha Knights.
A busy weekend for the Bruins opened with the division-leading Chiefs visiting the Bear Den, on Friday night.
There was no love lost between the two teams, as they engaged in a back-and-forth first period that saw several heavy hits and sensational saves throughout the opening 20 minutes.
In a frantic stretch, with less than four minutes to play, in the first period, the teams scored three goals in just over a minute. The Chiefs lit the lamp first, with Finn Reeve replying for Uxbridge, just 45 seconds later. However, Lakefield scored, just 21 seconds afterwards, to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission.
In the second period, the Uxbridge offence exploded with three unanswered goals, to push the Bruins to a 4-2 advantage. Cameron Moffitt opened the scoring, almost nine minutes into the second, when he scooped up a turnover, and charged in alone at the Lakefield net, scoring his 11th goal of the season. Just 22 seconds later, Toby Cooper brought the large crowd of Bruins supporters out of their seats, when he blasted in a rebound, assisted by Daniel Giorgio.
Less than two minutes later, Stefan Palatsidis put an exclamation point on the action, finishing off an excellent passing play between Justin Bennett and Esa Patton, and giving the Bruins a two-goal advantage. The Chiefs would draw to within a goal, late in the middle frame, but that would be as close as they would get.
In the third period, Bruins goalie Ryan McConkey was magnificent between the pipes, making 12 saves to shut down the high-powered Lakefield offence, and preserve the hard-fought victory for the Bruins.
There would be little time to savour the win, however, another tough test loomed the following night, as the Bruins made the trek to Apsley, to face-off against the (at the time) second-place North Kawartha Knights.
Moffitt had the lone goal of the opening frame, to give Uxbridge a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period saw the Knights charge into a 2-1 lead, but the Bruins saved their best for last.
After a see-saw third period that saw several stunning saves and near-miss scoring chances, Jackson Savery struck, with just one second remaining in regulation time, to force overtime.
The overtime saw the Bruins put forth a remarkable penalty killing effort, before serving up several sensational scoring chances. However, neither side could solve the excellent goaltending from McConkey and his North Kawartha counterpart Luke Miller, as they skated to a 2-2 draw, after seven minutes of overtime. Over the course of the evening, McConkey turned aside 56 shots by the Knights.
A busy weekend for the Bruins wrapped up with a trip to Lakefield, on Tuesday evening, after The Standard’s press deadline.
The Bruins and Knights will resume hostilities this Friday night (Jan. 18th), at the Bear Den, in a 7:45 p.m. tilt.
On Sunday, Jan. 20th, the Bruins will travel to Sutton, for a 3:30 p.m. matinee match-up, against the Georgina Ice.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Georgetown Raiders came to Lindsay, Friday, January 11th, in the first game, after the trade deadline. The Raiders got off to a strong start and then cruised to a 4-0 victory.
Bailey Molella opened the scoring, just 20 seconds in, when he beat Blake Curran for a goal, assisted by Jordan Crocker and Matt McJannet. At 7:17, Ethan Ritchie doubled the lead, on a goal from Crocker and Justin Paul. Then Jacob Dupuis made it 3-0, from Earnon Bollinger and Zach Smith.
There was only one goal in the second period, which came on a power play. It was scored at 13:02 from Justin Paul, and was assisted from Crocker and Molella.
The night featured a very special opening ceremony, honouring long time volunteer and billet Hilda Hay. Many turned out to greet Hilda, in the Community Room, and share stories.
The next action for the Fish is Sunday afternoon in North York.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies were on the road Sunday afternoon, to face the North York Rangers. In the end, it was the South Division leaders who came away with a 7-2 victory.
There was only one goal in the opening frame. It gave the home side a lead, and came off the stick of Daniil Kuzmin, at 12:28. The assists went to Grayden Gottschalk and Joey Maziarz.
Very quickly, in the second period the Rangers went up by two, when Nick Leshuk scored from Gottschalk and Dante Fantuzzi, just 22 seconds in, but the Muskies came fighting back, tying the game up with two quick markers. Ryan Callan scored his 2nd of the year, at 3:24, from Matt King and Brennan Stapleton. Then it was Joey Campbell continuing his hot streak, with his 8th of the year, from Noah Vandervinne, just 12 seconds later. Before the period was out, though, the Rangers would restore the two goal lead. Austin Brimmer scored from Maziarz and Ross Krieger, at 12:15, then, just over a minute later it was Ashton Stockie, from Cole O’Hara and Maziarz.
In the third, the Rangers put any hopes of a Lindsay comeback on ice with three more. Brimmer scored a shorthanded goal, at 3:32, from Tyler Flack and Ryan Radisa, Leshuk converted a power play attempt, at 14:21, from Fantuzzi and Harrison Rees, then Brandon Yeamans rounded out the scoring, at 17:46, from Aidan Casey and Jonathan Hampton.
The next action for the Fish is Friday night, when they host Kingston.
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SCUGOG: International hockey returns to Port Perry next week, with the RBC Canada Germany Showcase pitting the Central Ontario Wolves Midget ‘AAA’ against Jungadler Mannheim Under-19.
The second annual edition of the game takes place at Scugog Arena, on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale currently, at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, for $10, and includes a special edition Wolves t-shirt. So mark your calendar for some exciting international exhibition hockey!
“That game against Mannheim was a lot of fun to be a part of last season, the stands were packed. The whole team is thrilled to be able to bring it back this year,” explained team captain Alec Brown. “It was different worlds colliding, and they definitely played with a lot of skill, and we both put on a great show for the crowd. It showed us a different aspect to the game, and how it’s played differently, which helped a lot of us grow our games, as we move towards higher levels.”
As of press time, the Wolves are coming into this game on a tear, with an 8-game unbeaten streak on home ice, dating back to November.
Last week, the Wolves doubled up the Markham Waxers 6-3, on Tuesday, January 8th, in Port Perry. On Thursday night, on the road in Oshawa, they skated to a 7-0 shutout of the Generals, to maintain second place in the ETA East Division standings.
The Wolves final regular season home game in Port Perry is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th, at 7p.m., against the Clarington Toros.
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SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks were able to snap their 12 game winless slump with a victory against the Campbellford Rebels, at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, January 13th.
After losing to the Georgina Ice in overtime, 4-3, on Friday, January 11th, the MoJacks rebounded with a decisive victory over Campbellford, in their last regular season game against a Tod Division opponent.
Less than six minutes into the first period, Noah Donaghy was able to bang the puck into the net, to give Port Perry a 1-0 lead. A short two minutes later, Jeff Gauld rushed the puck into Campbellford’s zone and scored his first goal of the season, expanding the lead to 2-0. Then, 18 seconds later, Jordan Baker scored. Over 11 minutes in, with the MoJacks on a two man advantage power play, Carter Thornton shot the puck into the top corner of the net, giving Port Perry a 4-0 lead.
The MoJacks continued to add to their advantage in the second period. Over three minutes in, Spencer Robinson scored, making it a 5-0 game. About two and a half minutes later, Justin Jacobs was awarded a penalty shot, but he was unsuccessful. With less than 11 minutes left in the period, the Rebels struck twice to get the game to 5-1. However, late in the period, Thornton got his second goal of the game, to give Port Perry a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Almost four minutes into the third frame, Jacobs scored, expanding the lead to 7-1. The Rebels would score late in the period, but the MoJacks held on to win 7-2, ending a 12 game, no win, stretch.
“It’s been a while, but in the 12 games since our last [win], we’ve had a few games that I thought we deserved to win, and we came up a little short. Obviously today, playing Campbellford, it’s a must win game for us, and it was nice to get the win and put up some goals,” MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard after the game.
- The MoJacks recently traded defenceman Dan Harris to the Lakefield Chiefs.
- Port Perry will be looking to carry the momentum from the win, when they face the Little Britain Merchants in Little Britain, on Saturday, January 19th, at 7:30 p.m. Their next home game, at Scugog Arena, is Sunday, January 20th, at 2:25 p.m., against the North Kawartha Knights.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies got off to a slow start, in Wellington on Sunday afternoon, and although they fought back to make a game of it in the third, they came up on the wrong end of an 8-4 decision.
Although the Muskies were pretty heavily out shot in the first frame the score remained relatively close. The only goal came at the 11:13 mark, when Zach Uens converted a power play chance, with the assists going to Ben Woodhouse and Anthony Rinaldi.
The Dukes came out strong again in the second, and increased their lead at the 33 second mark, as Elijah Gonsalves scored, from Dylan Massie. Things stayed that way until 15:46, when Woodhouse made it a 3-0 game, with assists going to Frank Vitucci and Rinaldi. The Muskies got on the board, when Noah Vandervinne scored his 14th of the season, at 17:51, from Joey Campbell, but just 11 seconds later it was Jacob Vreugdenhil retoring the three goal lead, from Adam Usinger and Tyson Gilmour.
Again in the third the Dukes came out quickly, as Tim Fallowfield scored on a power play, from Gilmour and Massie, just 58 seconds in. Greg Arnburg’s 2nd of the season got the Muskies back to within three again, on a goal set up by Ethan Ramsden and Campbell, at 6:14, but at 7:24 the Dukes were up again by four, as Usinger scored from Fallowfield. The Fish kept fighting though and scored a pair, to get back into the match. Brennan Stapleton scored his 2nd of the season, at 13:24, from Brandon Carr-Ansah and Mathieu Hebert, at 13:24, then, just 35 seconds later, it was Campbell’s 7th of the year, from Ramsden and Arnburg, to make it 6-4. The Muskies pulled Dean Buchholz in favour of an extra attacker, with two minutes left in the third, but it didn’t work, as Fallowfield scored, from Vitucci. Rinaldi rounded out the scoring, squeezing one past Buchholz, from Rinaldi, with nine seconds left on the clock.
The next action for the Muskies is Friday night, when the Georgetown Raiders come to town.
The St. Mike’s Buzzers made the trip to Lindsay on Friday night and came away with a 6-3 victory over the Muskies
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KAWARTHA LAKES: This was really anybody’s game, and it came down to a couple of key turnovers, at inopportune times, spelling the Muskies fate. After Sebstian Labora and Dean Buchholz each made key saves early on, the first goal came as a result of a Muskie giveaway, deep in their own zone, allowing Matteo DiGiulio to score from the side of the goal at 4:43. The assists went to Cameron Searles and Ayrton Martino.
At 5:26 though, Josh Weber drew the Muskies back to even with his 2nd of the season and 1st as a Lindsay Muskie. The helper on that goal went to Jake Rauch.
At 8:50, the Muskies took a 2-1 lead, when Brandon Carr-Ansah’s wrist shot, from the point, found it’s way through a crowd and into the back of the net. Weber and Rauch assisted on that goal. St. Mike’s Buzzers tied the game again, at 12:54 on a power play, when he went to the high blocker side from in close. That goal was set up by Francesco Luca and Spencer Smith, but the Muskies answered back nicely, when Patrick Goan scored at 15:40, off a rush lead by Curtis Trolley and Greg Arnburg. The Fish took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
The second period was one the Muskies would probably like to forget. They were looking to increase their lead on a power play, when a picked off pass eventually lead to Searles breaking in alone, short handed, and he made no mistake tying the game at 3-3, at the 10:20 mark. Smith and James Gibbins picked up the assists, and then, right off the puck drop, another errant pass sent Searles in alone again, but this time he was denied. At 12:43, Luca gave St. Mike’s a lead of 4-3, when he took a pass from Kobe Desmond and fired the puck through a crowd and into the goal.
The Muskies came out pressing for the equalizer in the third, and had a glorious opportunity, when they were granted a four minute power play midway though the frame, but despite some good chances they were unable to capitalize. St. Mike’s call up, Thomas Sinclair put Buzzers up by two, when he converted a nice passing play, from Brad Somers and Evan Tanos at 12:47. Then another turnover, deep in the Lindsay zone, lead to the final goal from Searles, scored at 16:10. That goal was unassisted.
After the game, Weber described his first goal as a Muskie, after coming over from the Stouffville Spirit, earlier this year. “It was a dump in play”, he said with a smile. “Rauch got the puck out in front and I chipped it in. It was a hard work, simple play”. He went on to say, he felt one of the key elements the team needs to focus on is playing a complete 60 minutes.
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Returning from the recent holiday break, local high schools have a busy slate of sports coming up.
This week, the Uxbridge S.S. Senior Girls volleyball team continued their quest for a fourth consecutive LOSSA championship. The Tigers put their undefeated record this season on the line, in a tripleheader on Tuesday, at Sinclair in Whitby, squaring off against the host Saints, O’Neill (Oshawa), and Brooklin. On Monday, January 14th, the Tigers meet Port Perry, in a Battle of North Durham, at Wilson S.S. in Whitby.
Meanwhile, Port Perry’s Senior Girls volleyball team remains in position to make the playoffs, and hosted a tripleheader on Tuesday, as Maxwell Heights (Oshawa), St. Mary (Pickering) and Wilson visited the Rebels.
The Uxbridge Tigers Senior Girls hockey team put their undefeated record of the season on the line, on Tuesday, when they hosted Holy Trinity (Courtice).
The Tigers Senior Boys hockey team dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Wilson, in the final game, prior to the holiday break. They will look to get back on track, on Wednesday, January 16th, when they trek to the McKinney Centre in Whitby, for a 2:15 p.m. match-up, against the rival Brooklin Bears.
The new-look Port Perry Senior Boys basketball team was looking to move past .500 on the season, when they hosted O’Neill (Oshawa) on Wednesday. The Rebels will look to keep their playoff hopes alive, on Monday, January 14th, when they play host to Brooklin, and on Wednesday, January 16th, when they trek to Maxwell Heights.
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks do not have a win in 11 games, but were able to get a point against the Clarington Eagles over the weekend.
The MoJacks suffered their tenth straight loss on Friday, January 4th, when they were shutout 3-0 by the Napanee Raiders in Napanee. They then headed home to Scugog Arena, for a matchup against Clarington, on Sunday, January 6th.
Both teams battled hard in the first period, but the game remained scoreless until the second frame.
Exactly one minute into the second period, the Eagles struck first, taking a 1-0 lead. Almost three minutes later, Clarington scored again to take a two-goal lead. But, almost nine and a half minutes into the frame, Ben Sheremeta scored a power play goal, drawing Port Perry within a goal of tying the game. But, the Eagles would strike again before the end of the period, and led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The MoJacks kept on pushing in the third period though. A little over three minutes in, Alex Razgoulaevs received a nice pass in front of the Eagles’ net, from Derek Risebrough, and scored, cutting the deficit to 3-2. About three minutes later, the Eagles reclaimed their one goal lead with a goal. But, with less than six minutes left on the clock, Spencer Robinson scored on a power play, bringing the MoJacks back within a goal, 4-3. Then, in dramatic fashion, with 33 seconds left on the clock, Justin Jacobs scored, tying the game 4-4.
The game headed to overtime. Late in the extra frame, Jacobs took a holding penalty, sending the Eagles to the power play. With 26 seconds left in overtime, the Eagles scored and won the game 5-4.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said he thought the team played well against Clarington.
“I thought we had a good effort. It was nice coming back in the game late, down by two [goals]. We tied it up, and then the referee took care of it in overtime,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of getting this game to overtime, after having gone through a ten game winless drought.
“It’s huge. It was a good pushback by the boys, and hopefully it is a game to build on going forward for next weekend, and we’ll see what happens.”
The MoJacks have fallen to fifth place in the Orr Division standings, currently sitting three points behind Clarington.
The MoJacks will be looking for a win when they face the Georgina Ice, in Georgina, on Friday, January 11th, at 7:30 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game, at Scugog Arena, is on Sunday, January 13th, at 2:25 p.m., against the Campbellford Rebels.