SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks extended their winning streak to 8 games, with back-to-back victories over the weekend.
They defeated the North Kawartha Knights 5-2, in Apsley, Saturday, November 4th, and then dominated the Lakefield Chiefs, on home ice, Sunday, November 5th, winning the game 8-1.
The MoJacks had a new player on the roster in Saturday’s game, as they had recently signed Jeff Gauld, a former member of the Whitby Fury. Gauld was signed after he was released by the Fury. MoJacks general manager, Murray Parliament explained why the team decided to sign Gauld.
“He’s fairly skilled. It will take a while for him to get used to his teammates, but he’s a good skilled player and he’s a good all-around player which we like about him.”
The Knights scored the first goal of the game less than three minutes into the first period. Gauld was given an assist on that goal, which was his first point as a MoJack. However, Liam Schweda scored about five minutes later to tie the game 1-1.
Then, with four and a half minutes left in the first period, Graham Lamers scored, giving the MoJacks their first period lead of the game.
Late in the second period, Brady Martin extended the MoJacks lead to 3-1 with a goal. Gauld assisted on that goal giving him his second point of the night.
North Kawartha cut the MoJacks lead to 3-2, over five and a half minutes into the third period. But, Fruhner scored to restore the MoJacks two-goal lead less than five minutes later.
Lamers later scored his second goal of the game, and the MoJacks won the game 5-2.
The MoJacks then headed home for a game against the Lakefield Chiefs on Sunday, with an opportunity to enter into a tie for first place in the Orr division.
The MoJacks got on the board first in Sunday’s game. With a little over seven and a half minutes remaining in the first period, Austin Mackie received a perfect pass from Brady Martin and scored, to give the MoJacks a 1-0 lead.
Over two minutes later though, Lamers was assessed a five minute penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind, and Lakefield scored a power play goal to tie the game, less than a minute and a half into that penalty.
But, that was as close as the game would get. Just over a minute into the second period, Dan Harris scored, giving the MoJacks back their lead. Harris scored again, over four and a half minutes later, to extend the lead to 3-1. Then, Josh Dickson made it a 4-1 lead, with a goal less than three minutes after that.
Over halfway through the period, Derek Risebrough received a perfect cross-crease pass from Mackie and put the puck in the back of the net, to extend the MoJacks’ lead to 5-1.
The MoJacks scored three more times in the third period. Mackie had two of those goals to give him a hat trick, and Dickson scored his second goal of the game.
MoJacks goaltender, Corey Kuypers stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in the game and the MoJacks won 8-1.
The wins put the MoJacks into a three way tie, with Uxbridge and Lakefield, for first place in the Orr division.
After the game, MoJacks head coach, Tom Boyle called the victory over Lakefield a “total team effort.”
“All four lines up front were going, the six [defencemen] were going and solid, just a good team effort,” he said. “Lakefield’s a great team, and today we got some breaks and a few bounces and came out on the right side.”
Gauld now has four assists in his first two games as a MoJack. Boyle explained what he has thought of the way Gauld has played in his first couple of games with the team.
“Solid. exactly what I was expecting to see from him. Jeff’s a great player, solid 200 foot player, great in the [faceoffs], [a] solid reliable player,” he said. “He played last night, up in North Kawartha, and played a solid game as he did this afternoon, so we are looking for that kind of effort from him all season.”
The MoJacks will be looking for another win when they take on the Little Britain Merchants, on Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11th, at 7:30 p.m. in Little Britain.
They will then head home to Scugog Arena, to face rival Uxbridge Bruins, on Sunday, November 12th, at 2:25 p.m.