SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks were unable to muster a win, in a recent home-and-home series, against the Clarington Eagles.
Both games required overtime. The MoJacks suffered a 4-3 loss, on Thursday, Sept. 21st. The game held on Sunday, Sept. 24th ended with a 4-4 tie.
The MoJacks got on the board first, in Thursday’s game in Clarington.
Under five minutes into the first period, Graham Lamers scored, to give the MoJacks their first lead of the game. However, with just under five minutes remaining in the period, Clarington tied the game and the period ended 1-1.
Both teams would trade goals in the second and third periods.
Derek Risebrough scored both of the MoJacks’ goals in those periods, and the third frame ended with a 3-3 tie.
However, in overtime, Clarington’s Ryan Mahabir scored to give the Eagles the win.
The MoJacks looked to rebound from the overtime loss in Sunday’s game on home ice.
After the Eagles scored the only goal of the first period, the MoJacks responded in the second period.
Over a minute into the second period, Risebrough scored to tie the game. A little over two minutes later, Owen Hurtibese put one in the back of the net, to give the MoJacks the lead. Adam Turner got the lone assist on that goal. Then, less than five minutes into the period, Spencer Robinson found his way through the opposition’s defence and scored, giving the MoJacks a two goal lead.
The Eagles scored, to cut the MoJacks lead to 1 about a minute and a half later, but with six minutes left in the period, Kody Fruhner scored a power play goal, and the second period ended with the MoJacks on top 4-2.
However, that lead didn’t last, as Clarington scored two goals in the third period minutes apart, to tie the game.
Lack of discipline nearly cost the MoJacks the game, as they were assessed 24 minutes in penalties in the third period. However, they escaped the period with a tie game.
Both goaltenders stopped all shots they faced in overtime, and the game ended with a 4-4 tie.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb told The Standard that undisciplined play cost the MoJacks the chance to win the game.
“Just a slow start. We were undisciplined, didn’t get a chance to come back,” he said. “We’ve got to stay out of the penalty box. Even though they got a couple quick ones, all the penalties prevented us from coming back.”
Despite having achieved just one win in their first four games, Jobb said there are aspects of the way the team has played that he has liked.
“We’re playing hard, we just need to get a full 60 minutes together, a full game,” he said. “We’re having five minute periods, where we’re not showing up. At the start of the third today for example, and that’s cost us a few points.”
The MoJacks will be in action next, against North Kawartha, on Saturday, Sept. 30th, at 7:25 p.m., in Apsley. Their next home game, at Scugog Arena, is Sunday, Oct. 1st against Lakefield, at 2:25 p.m.