DARRYL KNIGHT Special to The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks ended a 16-game unbeaten run by the Lakefield Chiefs, in dramatic fashion over the weekend, as they scored a 4-0 win over the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena.
After suffering back-to-back overtime losses, the Port Perry MoJacks were able to bounce back in a big way, on Sunday, Jan. 29th, shutting out the Chiefs. The win moved Port Perry to within four points of Lakefield atop the Orr Division standings, with just three games remaining in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) season.
The game came just days after a Tuesday night match-up in Lakefield that saw the Chiefs storm back, trailing 3-0 heading into the third period, to score a 4-3 overtime victory.
A power play goal from Bubba McCullough gave the MoJacks the lead in the first period. The MoJacks powerplay continued to roll in the second period, with Mitch Gustavsen and Cole Murray scoring with the man-advantage, to push the MoJacks’ lead to 3-0, before the tide turned in Lakefield’s favour.
On Sunday afternoon the teams shifted back to Port Perry, and the MoJacks continued their strong special teams play early, with Konrad Piorkwoski opening the scoring on a shorthanded goal, assisted by Dan Harris and Matt Trudel. Shortly afterwards Harris would double the home side’s advantage, with assists credited to Gustavsen and Piorkowski.
With them winding down in the second period, Lucas Berkers lit the lamp on a powerplay goal, with assists to Harris and Piorkowski, with just 23 seconds remaining. A power play goal from Luke Wyatt in the third period rounded out the scoring, as the MoJacks maintained their spot in second place in the standings, three points ahead of third-place Clarington and four points behind league-leading Lakefield.
- This weekend marks the end of the PJHL regular season, and will be a busy stretch for the MoJacks. On Wednesday night, they hosted a rare Wednesday night match-up at Scugog Arena, with the North Kawartha Knights in town for a 7:25 p.m. tilt. On Friday night, the MoJacks make their final road trip of the campaign, with a trek to Keswick, for a 7:30 p.m. showdown against the Georgina Ice. On Sunday, Feb. 5th the regular season wraps up with a 2:25 p.m. matinee match-up at Scugog Arena against the Little Britain Merchants.
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