With just two weeks remaining in the COJHL regular season, Friday night’s ‘Battle of North Durham’ in Uxbridge will take on even greater importance than a typical MoJacks vs. Bruins clash, with the MoJacks leapfrogging their North Durham rivals for second place in the standings after posting back-to-back wins over the North Kawartha Knights this past weekend.
“It’s never just another game when we play Uxbridge, let’s be honest,” commented head coach Clair Cornish. “We’ve put ourselves into a position where we’re able to control some of our own destiny if we can keep winning.”
Friday night’s 7:45 p.m. clash in Uxbridge is part of an action-packed weekend for the local Junior ‘C’ hockey club. On Saturday night, at 7 p.m. the team will take on an alumni squad from the Scugog Hockey League for the 5th annual charity game in support of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation and Operation Scugog.
The game was the brainchild of local businessman and former MoJack Stephen Connors, and to date, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the local hospital foundation.
"This event started out as a one-time fun game to raise some money for a good cause. It has really been popular with the players and the community, so we have continued with it. I am proud that we can donate some money to the Foundation in hopes that Lakeridge Health sees the community support we have with our local Hospital,” said Mr. Connors.
Admission to the game is $10, and as an added bonus this year, a dance will be held at the Community Centre following the game, with live entertainment provided by the band Three Sheets To The Wind.
This past weekend, the MoJacks swept a home-and-home encounter with the North Kawartha Knights.
On Saturday night, the team showcased its balanced attack on the road in Apsley, with eight different scorers finding the back of the net in an 8-0 win. Goaltender Blake Shaw picked up his first shutout of the season, with goals by Ryan Bernardes, Ben Sheremeta, Graham Lamers, Jeff St. Pierre, Konrad Piorkowski, Liam Schweda, Jordan McCullough and Ethan Ramsden.
Sunday afternoon, Lucas Clark led the way with two goals as the MoJacks scored a 6-3 win over the Knights at Scugog Arena. Brett Chandler turned aside 35 shots between the pipes, with Ramsden, Lamers, St. Pierre and Berkers rounding out the scoring.
- The MoJacks cap off a busy weekend on Sunday, Jan. 24, with the Georgina Ice visiting Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. tilt.
- Defenceman Andrew Pickering returned to the lineup over the weekend after being sidelined with an upper-body injury since November.