The Port Perry MoJacks fought valiantly through a pair of short-staffed contests last week, but couldn’t muster a win.
The MoJacks were looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday, Dec. 7, when they hosted the Clarington Eagles after dropping a 1-0 decision to the Chiefs in Lakefield, on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Through a scoreless first period against the Eagles, Port Perry benefitted from strong two-way performances by Kyle Schweda, Matt Doucette and Kyle Powell, but couldn’t provide goal scoring for netminder Jeff Julien.
Just past the mid-point of the second, a powerplay goal gave Clarington a 1-0 advantage. Luck was not on the MoJacks’ side just over three minutes later, when referees Matt Arbour and Matt Fergenbaum both missed that the net had been knocked off its moorings as the Eagles “scored” to take a 2-0 lead.
However, with just over three minutes to play in the second, Graham Lamers took advantage of superior puck movement between Powell and Ryan Nichols as he fired a wrist shot past Eagles goalie Tyler Caruna to draw the MoJacks to within a goal at the close of the middle frame.
There was an added sense of urgency for the MoJacks in the third period, with Schweda, Lucas Clark, Jeff St. Pierre, Nichols and Ryan Bernades all throwing their weight around in the offensive zone seeking the equalizer.
However, the offensive push would come up just short, and with under a minute left on the clock, former MoJack Brodie Myers netted an empty net goal to lift Clarington to a 3-1 win.
Following the game, MoJacks bench boss Clair Cornish noted that there had been bright spots during the match-up with the Eagles, but the team needed a more consistent effort to take home the win.
“We had spurts tonight where we played like the Mojacks, but there were also spurts where we watching them,” Cornish told The Standard. “The key is our guys need to continue to grow as a team and above all, working hard and skating for 60 minutes every game.”
- The MoJacks will be looking for revenge on Friday, Dec. 12, when they travel to Bowmanville to face-off with the Eagles at 8:20 p.m.
- On Sunday, Dec. 14, the MoJacks will be holding their annual ‘Wooly Toss’ collection of winter clothing (wrapped in a plastic bag) when they score their first goal of the game against the Lakefield Chiefs at Scugog Arena, with the action getting underway at 2:25 p.m.