SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks now have their first two game winning streak of the season, defeating Lakefield and North Kawartha.
The MoJacks picked up a 6-4 victory over the Chiefs, on Tuesday, Oct. 10th, on the road, and then beat the Knights 4-2, on home ice, Sunday, Oct. 15th.
After the Chiefs scored two goals, about two and a half minutes apart, early in the first period of Tuesday’s game, the MoJacks responded.
A little over a minute and a half after Lakefield’s second goal, Brady Martin scored to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 2-1. Then, with about five and a half minutes left in the period, Austin Mackie scored to tie the game 2-2.
In the second period, the MoJacks scored three more times, with goals coming from Tyler Giamov, Kody Fruhner and Derek Risebrough, giving them a 5-2 lead going into the third period.
Lakefield’s Aaron Vatcher scored just over five minutes into the third period, however, Port Perry’s Owen Hurtibese responded with a goal less than half a minute later. The Chiefs scored once more later in the period, but the MoJacks held on to win 6-4.
The MoJacks then headed home for a matchup with the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday afternoon.
The Knights scored the first goal of the game, 12 minutes into the first period, on the power play. However, Martin scored, less than a minute later, and the game was tied 1-1 after the first period.
The MoJacks got their first lead of the game when James Boyle found his way through the defence and scored his first goal of the season, over halfway through the second period. Then, with less than four minutes left in the second period, Giamov deked out Knights goaltender Luke Miller and scored glove side to give the MoJacks a 3-1 lead.
After the Knights cut the MoJacks lead to one goal, over five minutes into the third period, Graham Lamers answered with a goal, just before the 10-minute mark of the period. The MoJacks would survive a late barrage of shots from the Knights and won the game 4-2.
The win brought the MoJacks to within three points of first place Clarington in the standings.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard the win against the Knights was that much more important because of a tight race in the standings.
“Every win is important, every game is important, but you see the way the standings are. You go from being five points to three points, from first to fifth place. It is a tight race for sure,” he said.
He also praised the way goaltender Shawn Mabley played in Sunday’s victory.
“Mabley got us the win today, he was the best player on the ice for sure,” Boyle said.
The MoJacks will next be in action against Clarington, at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex in Bowmanville, on Thursday, Oct. 19th, at 7:20 p.m. Their next home game at Scugog Arena is Sunday, Oct. 22nd, at 2:25 p.m.