DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks season has ended, as the team fell in their division semi-final series against the Uxbridge Bruins four games to none.
After losing Game 1 of the series 6-1 in Uxbridge and Game 2 in Scugog by a score of 8-3, Port Perry looked to get back on track in Game 3 in Uxbridge on Friday, February 22nd.
However, over 14 minutes into the first period, the Bruins scored the first goal of the game. But, the MoJacks were able to tie the game late in the period with a power play goal from their captain Ben Sheremeta, and the first frame ended with a 1-1 score.
But the Bruins kept on coming in the final 40 minutes of the game. Over 16 minutes into the second period, a Bruins shot beat goaltender Connor Latchford, making it a 2-1 deficit.
Uxbridge scored twice more in the third period, and the MoJacks lost Game 3 by a score of 4-1.
The MoJacks fell behind in the series three games to none and headed into a critical Game 4 at Scugog Arena on Sunday, February 24th. That game would prove to be the closest game of the series.
Less than two minutes into the first period, Port Perry got the first lead of the game off of a goal from Jordan Baker. But, just a little over two minutes later, the Bruins would tie the game 1-1. Over nine minutes in, Derek Risebrough streaked toward the Uxbridge net, while the MoJacks were shorthanded, and fed Carter Thornton a perfect pass, and Thornton buried it in the back of the net to give the MoJacks back a one-goal lead. But, with 27 seconds left on the clock, former MoJack, and current Bruin, Simon Feig put the puck in Port Perry’s net, tying the game 2-2.
Less than two minutes into the second period though, Port Perry regained the lead after a Tye Stewart wrist shot beat Uxbridge’s goaltender, making it a 3-2 game. However, after MoJack Owen Hurtibese took a head contact penalty over seven minutes in, the Bruins scored on the power play, and the game was tied 3-3 after 40 minutes of play.
The teams continued to battle in the third period. 56 seconds in, the Bruins scored, and took a 4-3 lead. Over three minutes later though, Thornton scored his second goal of the game, tying the game 4-4. Nine minutes in, a Bruins shot slipped through Latchford’s pads, making it a 5-4 lead. But, with their season on the line, Port Perry was able to later find the tying goal again, this time from Noah Bray, and the game needed overtime to decide a winner.
Almost five and a half minutes into overtime, the Bruins ended Port Perry’s season with the game winning goal, taking the game 6-5 and the series sweep.
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