DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks continued to struggle over the weekend, losing games against Port Hope and Georgina.
The MoJacks dropped a close contest against the Panthers in Port Hope on Saturday, December 15th.
The game started off well for Port Perry, as Tye Stewart and Owen Hurtibese scored in the first period, and the MoJacks led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
But, a little over two minutes into the second period, the Panthers scored to cut the lead to 2-1. The MoJacks got their two goal lead back over 11 and a half minutes into the period though, when Derek Risebrough found the back of the net, but the Panthers scored late in the period, and the MoJacks carried a slim 3-2 lead into the third.
That lead didn’t last, as the Panthers struck twice in the third, and won the game 4-3.
The MoJacks looked to bounce back from the defeat when they faced the Georgina Ice at Scugog Arena on Sunday, December 16th.
But Port Perry fell behind early, as the Ice scored just 12 seconds into the game, on their first shot on goal.
The MoJacks tied the game over a minute and a half later. Risebrough scored that goal, leading to the ice being littered with bags of winter clothing by fans, for donation to Operation Scugog, as part of the annual ‘Wooly Toss.’
Then, with a bit over six minutes left in the period on the clock, Noah Bray threw the puck on net, and it beat the Ice’s goaltender, giving Port Perry a 2-1 lead. But that lead didn’t last long, as the Ice struck twice late in the period, and carried a 3-2 lead into the second frame.
Then, the MoJacks decided to make a goalie change, pulling Connor Latchford and sending in Corey Kuypers.
The Ice expanded their lead to 4-2, a bit over three minutes into the second period, but the MoJacks pulled themselves back into the game with a power play goal from Carter Thornton late in the frame.
The Ice added an insurance goal in the third period, and held on to defeat Port Perry by a final score of 5-3.
MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard after the game he was not happy with the effort the team gave in that game.
“It just wasn’t good enough. We didn’t work hard enough. We thought it was going to be easy, because we were playing a team that we should probably beat by a couple goals. If you don’t show up with your hard hat and work boots on and get to work, you are not going to have any success,” he said.
He also spoke about why he decided to make the goalie change for the second period.
“I thought two of the goals were very stoppable. Way too soft, can’t have it,” Boyle said.
The MoJacks are now on their longest losing streak of the season, having dropped five straight games.
The MoJacks faced the Lakefield Chiefs in Lakefield on Tuesday, December 18th, past The Standard’s press deadline. The MoJacks finish their pre-holiday schedule with a game at Scugog Arena on Sunday, December 23rd at 2:25 p.m. against the Little Britain Merchants.
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