DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks finished the regular season on a high note, on Sunday, February 4th, defeating the Georgina Ice 9-3
The game, held at Scugog Arena, offered those in the stands a preview of the first round of the playoffs, as Port Perry will face Georgina in round one.
A bit over five minutes into the first period, Ian Elkins scored, giving Port Perry the first lead of the game. Just over three minutes later, Derek Risebrough put the puck in the back of the net, to give Port Perry a two-goal lead.
Then, a little over two and a half minutes into the second frame, Bailey Nesbitt scored his first goal as a MoJack, in his first game with the team, stretching Port Perry’s lead to 3-0.
Almost seven and a half minutes in, the Ice scored, but, just over a minute after that, Austin Mackie restored the MoJacks’ three-goal lead. Over 13 minutes into the period, the Ice again found the back of the net, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 4-2. But, with just under four minutes left in the second period, Risebrough found himself on a breakaway and scored his second goal of the game. Before the period was finished, Graham Lamers received a great pass from Mitch Gustavsen and fired a shot past the Ice’s goaltender, and Port Perry had a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Over six minutes into the third period, the Ice picked up a shorthanded goal, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 6-3. However, over a minute later, Gustavsen rifled a shot past the Ice’s goaltender. Port Perry got two power play goals late in the period, from Liam Schweda and Lamers, and won the game by a final score of 9-3.
Lamers’ power play goal was his 40th goal of the season.
The MoJacks finished the season in second place in the Orr division. They decided not to take a bye in the first round of the playoffs and instead will play Georgina in round 1.
MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said the team decided to play in the first round so they could “stay sharp” throughout the playoffs.
“Last year we took the first round off, and myself and some of the players felt that we got out of our mojo, out of our rhythm. When you are a hockey player, you want to keep playing, so this year we decided we would not take the bye and would play in the first round, so we can just keep the ball rolling,” he said.
Boyle also said he is “feeling confident” Port Perry should win the series against Georgina.
The MoJacks will open their series against the Ice, on Wednesday, February 7th, at Scugog Arena. Puck drop is 8:20 p.m. Game two will be held in Georgina, on Friday, February 9th, at 7:30 p.m. The series will return to Scugog Arena, on Sunday, February 11th, at 2:25 p.m. Game 4 will be held in Georgina, on Tuesday, February 13th. Game 5, if necessary, will be, on Wednesday, February 14th, at Scugog Arena. Start times could change, so for the full playoff schedule, go online to ohaportperry.pointstreaksites.com/view/ohaportperry, or check out the Port Perry MoJacks on Twitter.
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