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SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks extended their franchise-best-winning-streak, to 16 games in a row over the weekend, sweeping a three-games-in-three-days slate, to remain undefeated, to start the 2016-17 Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) season.
The MoJacks’ busy weekend of Orr Division action opened in Keswick, on Friday night, Nov. 4th, with an 8-3 melting of the Georgina Ice.
A pair of Brady Martin goals, less than six minutes into the game, opened an early 2-0 lead for Port Perry, before the teams traded two goals apiece late in the frame, to put the visitors ahead 4-2 after 20 minutes of play, with Graham Lamers and Konrad Piorkowski scoring for the MoJacks.
The MoJacks continued to roll through the final 40 minutes, with Mitch Gustavsen extending his lead atop the Division scoring race, with a pair of goals, from Toby Cooper and Bubba McCullough chipping in with singles. Blake Shaw and Jacob Lebel split the goaltending duties for the MoJacks, combining for 25 saves.
On Saturday night, the MoJacks trekked to Little Britain, for the first half of a home-and-home encounter with the Merchants, in a meeting of two teams, headed in opposite directions in the standings. The Merchants came into the game looking to snap a recent seven-game losing streak, having bolstered their lineup earlier in the week, by the signing of Nick Thomakos, a Central Ontario Wolves product, who had spent the past three seasons in the Junior ‘A’ ranks with Stouffville and Markham.
Things were looking up early for the home side, as Jesse Craig gave the Merchants the lead, just over eight minutes into the action, assisted by Aidan Renouf.
However, that would be the end of the Little Britain offence for the evening, as the MoJacks scored six unanswered goals to skate to a commanding 6-1 win.
Brett Harrison, Cole Murray, Piorkowski, Lamers, Cooper and Gustavsen all scored for the MoJacks, with Lebel turning aside 24 shots between the pipes.
The action picked back up, on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena, with the MoJacks and Merchants renewing hostilities.
Following a special ceremony to mark Remembrance Day, to open the afternoon’s festivities, it was all Port Perry in the opening period, as the MoJacks began with a commanding 5-0 lead, behind a pair of goals from Lamers and Copper, with a single from McCullough.
The Merchants would claw their way back into the game, with goals from Ryan Shaw, Skyler Andrus and Mac West. However, a goal from Chris Polito would round out the scoring for the MoJacks, as Port Perry picked up their 16th consecutive win in convincing fashion, winning by a final score of 6-3.
The MoJacks will put their streak on the line, on Saturday, Nov. 12th, when they travel to Apsley, for a 7:25 p.m. tilt, with the ascending North Kawartha Knights.
On Sunday, Nov. 13th, the latest round of ‘The Battle of North Durham’ will play out at Scugog Arena, with the rival Uxbridge Bruins making the trip across Reach Rd., for a 2:25 p.m. matinee match-up.
The Merchants have a single game this weekend, as they play host to the Clarington Eagles, at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday night.
Over the trio of weekend games, MoJacks forward Toby Cooper extended his recent streak to 11 games, with at least one point.