Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks maintained their grip on the lead in the Orr Division standings, following a split in their weekend Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) match-ups, dropping a tough decision on the road to North Kawartha before melting the Georgina Ice at Scugog Arena.
After several spirited efforts so far this season, the Knights finally dethroned the MoJacks on Saturday night in dramatic fashion, scoring a shorthanded goal in the final minute, to hand Port Perry a 6-5 loss.
Through 40 minutes, the MoJacks and Knights were knotted at 4-4, behind Port Perry goals from Lucas Berkers, Mitch Gustavsen, Dan Harris and Konrad Piorkowiski.
Five minutes after the Knights took the lead in the third period, Graham Lamers brought the teams back to even with an unassisted goal, with just under five minutes remaining in regulation. Then, with just 52 seconds to go, Jackson Wiltshire netted a shorthanded goal, to send the MoJacks home empty handed.
The following afternoon, Port Perry wasn’t pulling any punches as they exacted their revenge, on the standings cellar-dwelling Georgina Ice, rolling to a 10-3 victory.
For nearly five minutes, early in the contest, the Ice held the lead with an unassisted Dustin Brillinger goal, until Lamers tied things up. Shortly afterwards, Cole Murray would score, to give the MoJacks a lead they would not relinquish.
The second period saw goals from Matt Trudel, Murray and Lamers, before Georgina cut the Port Perry lead to three. That would be as close as the Ice would get, however, as the MoJacks continued to roll in the third, with Gustavsen lighting the lamp twice, and Lamers, Todd McNair and Ryan Bernades all chipping in with singles. Chris Mitchell’s second goal of the game for the Ice rounded out the scoring in the final frame.
- Lamers’ five-point outing, against the Ice on Sunday afternoon, was the highest-scoring effort of the season by a MoJacks player. In the season, the four-year veteran from Oshawa has 17 goals and 11 assists in 21 games played, tying him in fourth place for the Orr Division scoring race, with teammates Piorkowski and Toby Cooper.
- Gustavsen continues to lead all Orr Division scorers, with 36 points (18 goals and 18 assists). He has already eclipsed the total output, in his rookie season last year, when he totalled 21 points in 33 games played.
- Not only did Ice ‘Superfan’ Rick Cote perform O Canada prior to Sunday’s game, but he also won a free small pizza from Crusty Pizza, during the first intermission shootout contest.
- Just past The Standard’s deadline - The MoJacks, after a Tuesday night tilt in Lakefield, will square off in back-to-back games this weekend, travelling to Little Britain on Saturday, Dec. 10th, for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Merchants, before returning to Scugog Arena on Sunday, for a 2:25 p.m. matinee against the Knights.