SCUGOG: After being thumped by the Lakefield Chiefs 12-5 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Port Perry MoJacks were able to squeak out a 4-3 win against the Little Britain Merchants on Sunday, Dec. 17th.
Just over halfway through the first period of Sunday’s game at Scugog Arena, the MoJacks struck first. On a MoJack power play, after the team took multiple whacks at the puck in front of Little Britain’s net, the puck came to Tyler Giamov who buried it in the back of the net, giving Port Perry a 1-0 lead.
Then, over eight and a half minutes into the second period, Jeff Gauld scored, to extend the MoJacks’ lead. A bit over a minute later, Graham Lamers put the puck in the back of the net, giving the MoJacks a 3-0 lead. However, the MoJacks ran into penalty trouble later in the period, and the Merchants scored two power play goals, about 45 seconds apart, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 3-2.
Just over four minutes into the third frame, Lamers scored his second goal of the game, to give Port Perry back a two goal lead. Little Britain scored about three minutes later, but the MoJacks were able to hold off a late Merchants push and held on to win 4-3.
Despite the win, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard he didn’t like the way the team performed.
“I thought Little Britain were awesome today. I thought it might have been the best game they’ve played all year,” he said. “You’ve got to treat every game the same. You’ve got to come ready to work hard, play hard, finish your hits and compete hard, every game. Every game is tough in this league, you can’t take a game off, that’s the message to the guys. We’ve taken the last two off.”
Jeff Gauld tallied three points in the game. Boyle said Gauld has fit in nicely with the team since signing with the MoJacks last month.
“He’s been our best player, in many games, since joining the team. He’s solid in the [defensive] zone, solid in the offensive zone, makes good plays, is a smart hockey player, competes hard, wins draws. He’s added great depth to our team down the middle.”
Next on the schedule for the MoJacks is a home-and-home series against the Georgina Ice. The MoJacks will face the Ice in Georgina, on Friday, Dec. 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. The action then shifts to Scugog Arena, on Thursday, Dec. 28th. Puck drop for that game is 8:15 p.m.