DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have taken a three-games-to-none stranglehold in their first round series against the Georgina Ice.
The MoJacks opened the series against the Ice at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 7th.
Six minutes in, the Ice scored the first goal of the game, giving them a 1-0 lead. But, with less than three minutes remaining in the first period, on a MoJack power play, Graham Lamers sniped a shot past the Ice’s goaltender to tie the game 1-1.
Almost nine minutes into the second frame, Luke Wyatt scored, giving Port Perry a 2-1 lead. Shortly after, Mitch Gustavsen scored, giving Port Perry a two-goal cushion. With less than three minutes to go in the period, Jeff Gauld found a loose puck and put it in the back of the net, extending Port Perry’s lead to 4-1.
Less than a minute into the third frame, the Ice scored, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 4-2. But, Port Perry answered. Over five minutes in, Jordan McCullough received a great pass from Owen Hurtibese and scored. Lamers and Gustavsen each later scored their second goal of the game to give the MoJacks a 7-2 win.
The MoJacks continued to roll, during game two of the series, in Georgina on Friday, Feb. 9th, winning the game 10-3. Austin Mackie had a hat trick, and Gustavsen scored two goals in the MoJacks game two victory. Other MoJack goal scorers in the game were Brady Martin, Liam Schweda, Lamers, Gauld, and Kody Fruhner.
The MoJacks’ offense remained potent, when the series returned to Scugog Arena for game three, on Sunday, Feb. 11th.
Less than two and a half minutes in, Lamers scored the first goal of the game, giving Port Perry a 1-0 lead. Then, almost seven minutes in, on a MoJack power play, Mackie’s first shot was stopped, but the puck came back to him and he scored. About halfway through the period, Lamers finished off a beautiful passing play, between Gauld and Schweda, scoring his second goal of the game. The MoJacks had a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Over two minutes into the second period, Lamers scored his hat trick goal. Then, over halfway through the period, Lamers lit the lamp again, and Port Perry had a 5-0 lead. With less than six and a half minutes remaining in the second frame, Brady Martin scored, and the MoJacks had a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Just over three minutes into the third, the MoJacks’ Matt Doucette and Georgina’s Spencer Waters got into a fight in front of the MoJacks’ net. 37 seconds later, Lamers scored his fifth goal of the game, on a Port Perry power play. Then, over eight minutes in, Gustavsen lit the lamp. The MoJacks would strike four more times in the period, with goals from Martin, Hurtibese, Mackie and Josh Dickson, and won the game 12-0. Shawn Mabley made 21 saves for the shutout.
“[Mabley] was good and he made saves when he needed to make saves. We need him to continue to play like that as we continue to go on here,” MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb said after the game.
MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard that the difference in the series has been discipline.
“Our boys have been disciplined and [the Ice] haven’t. They’ve been taking penalties and we’ve been scoring goals [on the power play],” he said.
The MoJacks played game 4 of the series in Georgina, on Tuesday, February 13th, past The Standard’s press deadline.
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