DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks’ offense powered them to back-to-back wins over the weekend.
After defeating the Little Britain Merchants 15-0, on Saturday, January 27th, the MoJacks continued their winning ways against the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday, January 28th.
It didn’t take the MoJacks long to get on the board in Sunday’s game. Just less than two minutes in, Mitch Gustavsen scored a power play goal. Less than seven minutes later, Graham Lamers put the puck in the back of the net, giving the MoJacks a two-goal lead. Then, with a bit over seven and a half minutes remaining in the period, Gustavsen made a brilliant deke, to get around a Knights defenceman, and then scored his second goal of the game. 42 seconds later, Jeff Gauld scored off of a rebound, giving Port Perry a 4-0 lead.
However, with just 53.7 seconds left in the first frame, the Knights lit the lamp and the period ended with a score of 4-1 for the MoJacks.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Luke Wyatt scored, giving Port Perry a 5-1 lead. But, with five minutes remaining in the interval, North Kawartha scored. However, the MoJacks answered back. With 33.6 seconds left on the clock, Spencer Robinson put a shot through the legs of North Kawartha's goaltender, Luke Miller, into the back of the net. The period ended with a score of 6-2.
Sloppy play in the third frame allowed the Knights to get back in the game. Over six and a half minutes in, the Knights scored on a breakaway, to cut the MoJacks’ lead to 6-3. Then, with less than six minutes left in the game, the Knights again lit the lamp, cutting the lead to 6-4.
The Knights were forced to make a goalie change, with just over five minutes left on the clock, as goaltender Miller was assessed a five-minute penalty for kicking a player.
A minute later, the Knights were awarded a penalty shot, but Knights' forward Jesse Douglas was denied by MoJacks goaltender Corey Kuypers to keep the score at 6-4.
The MoJacks scored three times on a five-minute power play, including two goals from Lamers and one from Jordan McCullough, winning the game by a final score of 9-4.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb said the team was off their game a bit against North Kawartha.
“You kind of get games like that after a 15-0 win. We were a little sloppy and we got a couple goals when it mattered, but we need to be a lot better than that moving down the stretch and into the playoffs,” he said. “We were tired, we were a little slow, and we were turning it over.”
The MoJacks' next game is against the Clarington Eagles, on Thursday, Feb. 1st, at the Garnet B. Rickard Rec Complex. Puck drop for that game is 7:20 p.m.
They will then wrap up their regular season schedule, at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, February 4th, with a matchup against the Georgina Ice. That game will begin at 2:25 p.m.
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