Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks high powered offense was on full display at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, January 27th, as they skated to a 12-3 victory over the Georgina Ice.
After suffering a loss to the Lakefield Chiefs, on Tuesday, January 22nd, the MoJacks headed home to face the PJHL Orr Division’s last placed team, the Ice.
The game started off well for the MoJacks. Less than eight and a half minutes into the first period, on a MoJack power play, Owen Hurtibese received a perfect pass from Alex Razgoulaevs and scored, making it 1-0 for the home team. That score remained the same when the buzzer sounded to end the first frame, a period where the MoJacks dominated in the shots on goal department, 19-5.
Almost five and a half minutes into the second period, after a shot from Kolby Fralik was stopped by the Georgina goaltender, Erik Van Drunen found the rebound and put the puck in the net, to expand Port Perry’s lead to 2-0. Around three minutes later, Jordan Baker’s shot found the back of the net, and the MoJacks had a 3-0 lead. 49 seconds after that, Carter Thornton scored on a MoJack power play, expanding the lead to 4-0. Over 11 and a half minutes into the period, the Ice would strike to pull themselves a little closer, 4-1. But, the MoJacks would get their four-goal lead back, when Jeff Gauld scored a power play goal almost 13 minutes into the period. Over a minute and a half later, Thornton was sprung on a breakaway and scored his second goal of the game, giving the MoJacks a 6-1 lead. Gauld scored his second goal of the game late in the period, and the MoJacks had a 7-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The Ice scored a power play goal just 28 seconds into the third period, cutting the score to 7-2. However, over 11 minutes in, Thornton scored his hat trick goal, giving Port Perry back a six-goal lead. Over 15 and a half minutes in, Justin Jacobs scored, making it a 9-2 game. Just seven seconds later though, the Ice scored again, and the score was 9-3. But, with less than four minutes left on the game clock, Fralik put the puck in the top corner of the Georgina net, and Port Perry had a 10-3 lead. Derek Risebrough later scored and then Hurtibese got his second goal of the game late in the period, and the MoJacks prevailed by a final score of 12-3.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard he was happy with the way the team competed.
“The boys played hard, [it was] a total team effort. We got production from each line and everyone was going,” he said.
He also explained the important role Jeff Gauld’s return has played in the team’s recent success.
“Huge. He’s a skilled player, and he really helps, both offensively and defensively, and it gives the boys a boost having that skill on the ice,” Boyle said.
The MoJacks have just four games remaining on the regular season schedule. They will start a home-and-home with the Uxbridge Bruins this week. Port Perry will travel to neighbouring Uxbridge on Friday, February 1st for the first game of that home-and home. Puck drop is 7:45 p.m. They will then head home to face the same team at Scugog Arena on Sunday, February 3rd at 2:25 p.m.
As of press time, the MoJacks remain in fifth place in the Orr Division standings with 33 points.
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