SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks pulled themselves into a tie, for second place in the Orr division standings, with the Uxbridge Bruins, following a pair of weekend victories.
The MoJacks were able to edge out a 3-2 comeback victory, over the Uxbridge Bruins, on Friday, October 27th in Uxbridge, and then defeated the Georgina Ice 7-2 on home ice, on Sunday, October 29th. The wins extend the MoJacks’ winning streak to 6 games.
The Bruins got on the board first, in Friday night’s ‘Battle of North Durham’, scoring twice late in the first period.
However, the MoJacks responded in the second period. Less than two minutes in, Kody Fruhner scored on the power play, to bring the MoJacks within a goal of tying the game. Then, just over 11 minutes into the period, Spencer Robinson found the puck in front of the net and scored, to tie the game 2-2.
Around two minutes later, after arguing with officials, Bruins head coach Rob Acton was ejected from the game.
Seven minutes into the third period, Josh Dickson scored the eventual game-winning goal, and the MoJacks were able to survive a late pushback by the Bruins, to win the game 3-2. The lone assist on the goal went to James Boyle.
“It was a good play by [James Boyle], and I thought I buried it, it felt good,” Dickson told The Standard.
The MoJacks continued to roll on Sunday against the Ice. Over three minutes into the first period, after receiving a perfect pass from Matt Trudel, James Boyle found himself on a breakaway and scored, to give Port Perry a 1-0 lead. Then, just over halfway through the period, Graham Lamers scored, to extend the MoJacks lead to 2-0. Over five minutes later, Austin Mackie received a perfect pass in front of the net from Dan Harris and scored a power play goal, giving Port Perry a 3-0 lead. Before the period was over, Spencer Robinson fired a shot through the pads of goaltender Jacob Lebel, and Port Perry had a 4-0 lead, going into the second period.
Less than four minutes into the second period, Liam Schweda added to the MoJacks lead with a goal. However the Ice, later, scored twice in the period, but Port Perry retained a 5-2 lead after two periods.
Over five and a half minutes into the third period, Lamers scored his second goal of the game, on the power play. The MoJacks would add a power play goal late in the period, from Fruhner, and won the game 7-2.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb told The Standard the message the coaching staff gave the Mojacks, after Georgina had scored twice in a row, was that they were to “just get back to [their] gameplan.”
The MoJacks will be looking to extend their winning streak when they face the North Kawartha Knights in Apsley, on Saturday, November 4th, at 7:30 p.m. Their next home game at Scugog Arena is Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:25 p.m., against the Lakefield Chiefs.
In other MoJacks news, on Saturday, October 21st, Josh Dickson was named player of the game in one of the games, at the first ever PJHL Prospects Day, held in New Hamburg.
“I felt honoured. It was a hard game, but I tried my hardest and it was fun,” Dickson told The Standard. “It was a great experience.”