SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks do not have a win in 11 games, but were able to get a point against the Clarington Eagles over the weekend.
The MoJacks suffered their tenth straight loss on Friday, January 4th, when they were shutout 3-0 by the Napanee Raiders in Napanee. They then headed home to Scugog Arena, for a matchup against Clarington, on Sunday, January 6th.
Both teams battled hard in the first period, but the game remained scoreless until the second frame.
Exactly one minute into the second period, the Eagles struck first, taking a 1-0 lead. Almost three minutes later, Clarington scored again to take a two-goal lead. But, almost nine and a half minutes into the frame, Ben Sheremeta scored a power play goal, drawing Port Perry within a goal of tying the game. But, the Eagles would strike again before the end of the period, and led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The MoJacks kept on pushing in the third period though. A little over three minutes in, Alex Razgoulaevs received a nice pass in front of the Eagles’ net, from Derek Risebrough, and scored, cutting the deficit to 3-2. About three minutes later, the Eagles reclaimed their one goal lead with a goal. But, with less than six minutes left on the clock, Spencer Robinson scored on a power play, bringing the MoJacks back within a goal, 4-3. Then, in dramatic fashion, with 33 seconds left on the clock, Justin Jacobs scored, tying the game 4-4.
The game headed to overtime. Late in the extra frame, Jacobs took a holding penalty, sending the Eagles to the power play. With 26 seconds left in overtime, the Eagles scored and won the game 5-4.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said he thought the team played well against Clarington.
“I thought we had a good effort. It was nice coming back in the game late, down by two [goals]. We tied it up, and then the referee took care of it in overtime,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of getting this game to overtime, after having gone through a ten game winless drought.
“It’s huge. It was a good pushback by the boys, and hopefully it is a game to build on going forward for next weekend, and we’ll see what happens.”
The MoJacks have fallen to fifth place in the Orr Division standings, currently sitting three points behind Clarington.
The MoJacks will be looking for a win when they face the Georgina Ice, in Georgina, on Friday, January 11th, at 7:30 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game, at Scugog Arena, is on Sunday, January 13th, at 2:25 p.m., against the Campbellford Rebels.
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