SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks picked up three of a possible four points over the weekend, defeating the Little Britain Merchants, on Saturday, January 6th, before losing in overtime to the Uxbridge Bruins the next day.
The MoJacks beat the Merchants 8-2 in Little Britain on Saturday. Derek Risebrough had a hat trick in the game, while Spencer Robinson and Jordan McCullough each had two goals in the victory. The other MoJack scorer was Adam Turner.
The MoJacks then headed home, looking to continue their winning ways against the Uxbridge Bruins on Sunday, January 7th. However, despite making a three goal comeback, the MoJacks lost to the Bruins in overtime 5-4.
The game didn’t start off well for the MoJacks, as the Bruins scored 47 seconds into the first period. Then, nine and a half minutes in, Uxbridge scored again. But, with less than four and a half minutes left in the first period, Matt Doucette wired a shot past the Bruins’ goaltender, cutting Uxbridge’s lead to 2-1.
However, the Bruins scored again less than two and a half minutes into the second period, and once again had a two-goal lead. The game heated up from there, as over five minutes later Turner got into a fight with Tyler Hutchinson of the Bruins, behind the MoJacks’ net. Following that, over nine minutes into the second frame, the Bruins struck again and achieved a 4-1 lead over Port Perry.
But the MoJacks pushed back late in the period with power play goals, 39 seconds apart, from Robinson and Kody Fruhner, and the MoJacks trailed 4-3 going into the third period.
Port Perry completed the comeback early in that period. A little over a minute into the third frame, Fruhner scored his second goal of the game, tying the game 4-4.
With a bit over a minute left in the period, and a member of the Bruins on a breakaway, MoJacks goaltender Corey Kuypers made a spectacular save to keep the game tied.
The game was decided in overtime. One minute and 15 seconds in, the Bruins scored the game-winning goal, taking the game by a final score of 5-4.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb said he would like to see more consistency in the MoJacks’ effort.
“It was good to come back from down 4-1 there, but we’ve just got to play a full 60 minutes. We go to sleep for 10, 12, 15 minutes a game and it costs you a goal or two and that’s the difference in the end,” he said.
He went on to compliment the way Kody Fruhner has played recently.
“The last 10 or 12 games, he might have been our best player,” he said.
The MoJacks currently sit in second place in the Orr division standings.
They will faceoff against the North Kawartha Knights in Apsley, on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Puck drop for that game is at 7:25 p.m. They will then head to Scugog Arena, for a game against the Little Britain Merchants, on Sunday, January 14th, at 2:25 p.m.