SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks came out of the weekend with a split, defeating the Georgina Ice, on Friday, January 19th, before dropping a close game to the Lakefield Chiefs, on Sunday, January 21st.
The MoJacks struck first in Friday’s game in Georgina. 33 seconds into game, Austin Mackie scored. Then, less than two minutes in, Graham Lamers scored, in his first game back from suspension, giving the MoJacks a 2-0 lead. Less than 30 seconds later, Mitch Gustavsen lit the lamp, to extend Port Perry’s lead to 3-0. Almost four and a half minutes after that, Brady Martin scored a power play goal. The Ice got on the board less than nine minutes into the first frame, but Luke Wyatt answered with a goal over a minute after, and Port Perry had a 5-1 lead going into the second period.
Almost a minute and a half into that period, Jeff Gauld scored a short-handed goal. About two and a half minutes later, Lamers scored his second goal of the game, giving the MoJacks a 7-1 lead. The Ice scored later in the period, and Port Perry carried a 7-2 lead into the third period.
Ben Sheremeta was the lone goal scorer in that period, and the MoJacks held on to beat the Ice 8-2.
The MoJacks then headed to Scugog Arena for a matchup with the Lakefield Chiefs. However, despite a valiant comeback effort, the MoJacks were unable to beat the Chiefs, in a heated, penalty filled game on Sunday.
Lakefield scored twice in the first period and had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Then, late in the second period, after Spencer Robinson took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the Chiefs scored again, and had a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame.
The MoJacks got some hope in third period, as less than five minutes in, Brady Martin scored. Then, over 12 and a half minutes in, on a MoJack power play, Derek Risebrough fired the puck past goaltender Michael Christie, cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 3-2. The MoJacks pressed late in the game, but were unable to get the tying goal, and fell 3-2 to the Chiefs.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said both teams played well.
“I thought it was a good game by both teams. I thought it was a playoff type intensity, both teams were working hard and playing hard and we fell a little short,” he said. “I thought we had some good chances in the first period, the puck just didn’t bounce our way. [Lakefield goaltender Christie] was solid in net, and the boys just got playing hard and going at him, and it was a 3-2 hockey game.”
The MoJacks will be looking to get back into the win column when they play against the Little Britain Merchants, in Little Britain, on Saturday, January 27th. Puck drop for that game is 7:30 p.m.
Their next game at Scugog Arena is against the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday, January 28th, at 2:25 p.m.
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