DARRYL KNIGHT Special to The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks continued to roll through their Provincial Junior Hockey League Orr Division opposition over the weekend, winning a pair of games to improve their unbeaten early season record, to 5-0-0.
The first of Port Perry’s back-to-back weekend encounters was a 4-2 win, in Apsley on Saturday, Oct. 1st, over the North Kawartha Knights. Picking up the win, in his first start with the team, goaltender Jacob Lebel proved more than up to the task, as he turned aside 23 shots from the Knights.
Goals from Cole Murray, Konrad Piorkowski and Toby Cooper paced the MoJacks to a 3-0 lead, before North Kawartha was able to find the back of the net, just over five minutes into the second period. Late in the frame, Cooper would net his second of the game. The Knights would add another, with less than two minutes to play in the second, but were stymied throughout the third period by the MoJacks’ defence.
The MoJacks faced a quick turnaround in their second match-up of the weekend, as they squared off against the Lakefield Chiefs, in a Sunday matinee at Scugog Arena, but showed no signs of fatigue as they skated to a 4-1 victory.
Piorkowski and Tyler Hutchinson each had a pair of goals, with Brady Martin chipping in with three assists, and Mitch Gustavsen adding two helpers. Blake Shaw was solid between the pipes for Port Perry, making several timely saves to keep the Chiefs at bay.
The Uxbridge Bruins split their recent games, skating to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Clarington Eagles, in Bowmanville on Thursday, before falling to Lakefield by a score of 4-1, at the Bear Den on Friday night.
Goals from Brady Baker and Patrick Bolahood allowed the Bruins to take a 2-1 lead into the third period against the Eagles, before an extra attacker gave the Eagles the boost they needed, to score a late goal to force overtime. However, Bolahood’s second of the night, assisted by Baker, would seal Uxbridge’s win, just over two minutes into the extra frame, and give rookie netminder Ryan McConkey the win, in his first career start, after making 35 saves.
Baker would give the Bruins the lead just over a minute into Friday night’s game against Lakefield, when he stormed into the zone to finish off a play kickstarted by the hard-charging offence generated by Derek Dolan and Cristian Giorgio. However, they could not match the Chiefs’ intensity, as the visitors struck back with four consecutive goals, to hand the Bruins the second home-ice-loss of the campaign.
The Little Britain Merchants were on the wrong end of an explosive offensive affair, in their home opener on Saturday night, as they fell 7-6 in overtime to the Georgina Ice.
The win was the first in almost two years for Georgina, dating back to a 2-1 win over the Knights on Dec. 19th, 2014 - a span of 60 games. Last season, the Ice mustered just two ties over the course of a winless 42-game campaign.
Mitch Brown paced the Merchants with two goals, with singles credited to Nate Watson, Evan Wasylyk, Aidan Renouf and AJ O’Dell.
- The Merchants host Uxbridge in their lone game over Thanksgiving weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 8th, with the action getting underway at 7:30 p.m. in the ‘Sports Capital of the Kawarthas’.
- Prior to tangling with the Merchants, the Bruins will take on the Knights, at 7:45 p.m., on Friday night at the Bear Den.
- The MoJacks wrapped up a busy stretch, with a return match against the Chiefs in Lakefield on Tuesday night. Over the weekend, the MoJacks will battle with Georgina, on Sunday, Oct. 9th, in a 2:25 p.m. match-up at Scugog Arena, before heading down Hwy. 57, on Thanksgiving Monday, for a 1:50 p.m. tilt in Bowmanville, against the Eagles.
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