DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have won two of their last three games following the Christmas break, defeating the Georgina Ice and Uxbridge Bruins, before falling to the Clarington Eagles.
The MoJacks beat the Ice 5-1 at Scugog Arena on Thursday, December 28th.
The game was scoreless until the second period. Just over three and a half minutes into that period, Tyler Giamov scored to break the deadlock. With less than two minutes left in the second frame, the Ice tied the game. However, 37 seconds later, Josh Dickson put the puck in the back of the net, giving the lead back to the MoJacks.
Over seven minutes into the third period, Graham Lamers fired a shot top-shelf that beat the Ice goaltender, extending Port Perry’s lead to 3-1. Six minutes later, Dan Harris put a shot past the Ice’s sprawling goaltender, and the MoJacks had a 4-1 lead. Austin Mackie scored a little over a minute later and the Port Perry MoJacks held on to beat the Ice 5-1. MoJacks goaltender Corey Kuypers stopped 32 of the 33 shots, he faced in that game.
“It was a hard fought win. I thought Georgina played a good game and battled from start to finish. Full marks to them for their effort,” MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard following the game.
Boyle also spoke about what the message was from the coaching staff to the team after a scoreless first period.
“Pick up the pace, keeping shooting the puck at the net. Eventually the goalie’s going to get tired, as we were shooting a lot of rubber at him, and I think that’s what happened in the third period,” he said. “He was every bit as good in the third as he was in the first, but you just get tired from up and down and pucks being fired at you constantly.”
The next night, Friday, December 29th, the MoJacks took on the rival Uxbridge Bruins at the Uxbridge Arena.
Over three and a half minutes into the game, Austin Mackie got the MoJacks on the board with a goal. But the Bruins tied the game over 12 minutes in. However, it didn’t take the MoJacks long to respond. Just 24 seconds after the Uxbridge goal, Kody Fruhner scored, giving Port Perry back the lead. That lead didn’t last though, as with seconds left in the first frame, Uxbridge tied the game again.
Fruhner scored twice in the second period to give himself a hat trick, and the MoJacks a 4-2 lead. But, with seconds remaining in the second frame, the Bruins scored to cut Port Perry’s lead to 4-3.
Giamov scored in the third period, and the MoJacks held on to beat the Bruins by a final score of 5-3.
The MoJacks then returned to Scugog Arena on Monday, January 1st for a matchup, with the third place team in the Orr division, the Clarington Eagles.
Their captain and top scorer Graham Lamers was not in the lineup for the game as he was assigned a four game suspension.
In the dying seconds of the first period, Ian Elkins received a perfect pass from Jeff Gauld and scored a shorthanded goal, giving Port Perry the 1-0 lead.
However, almost four and a half minutes into the second frame, the Eagles scored a power play goal to tie the game. Then, shortly after the MoJacks failed to capitalize on a five-on-three power play, the Eagles scored to take the lead.
A scary moment occurred in the third period. Almost seven minutes in, Kuypers was run into by a member of the Clarington Eagles and was left lying on the ice. He left the game momentarily but did return to finish the game.
After Kuypers received contact from another member of the Eagles with less than two and a half minutes left in the game, a scrum involving all players on the ice at the time ensued behind the net.
Clarington later added an empty net goal and the Eagles defeated the Port Perry MoJacks 3-1.
Following the loss, the MoJacks will look to rebound with a matchup against the Little Britain Merchants on Saturday, January 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Little Britain. They will then face the Uxbridge Bruins at Scugog Arena on Sunday, January 7th at 2:25 p.m.
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