DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks stretched their recent winning streak to six games, with victories over the Uxbridge Bruins and Lakefield Chiefs.
On Friday, Dec. 1st, in the latest installment of the ‘Battle of North Durham’, the MoJacks defeated the Bruins 4-2 in Uxbridge.
Almost eight and a half minutes into the first period, Austin Mackie deked out Uxbridge goaltender Ryan McConkey and scored, putting the MoJacks on top 1-0. Then, with a little over three minutes left in the period, Derek Risebrough scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway.
The MoJacks continued to roll in the second period. Almost six minutes in, on a MoJack power play, Graham Lamers rifled a shot past McConkey, giving Port Perry a 3-0 lead. However, late in the period, the Bruins scored. After 40 minutes of play, the MoJacks had a 3-1 lead.
After Liam Schweda took a roughing penalty, over six minutes into the third period, the Bruins scored a power play goal, cutting the MoJacks lead to just one goal. The Bruins continued to press, but, with over three and a half minutes left, Jeff Gauld scored to restore the MoJacks’ two-goal lead. The MoJacks held on to win the game 4-2.
Shawn Mabley stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
The MoJacks were able to extend their winning streak, on Sunday, Dec. 3rd, beating the Lakefield Chiefs 4-3 in a thrilling game at Scugog Arena.
Before the puck was dropped to start the game, MoJacks goaltender Corey Kuypers was recognized as the PJHL Orr Division’s Goaltender of the Month, by convenor Liz Basinger.
“It’s an honour. I just started out here this year as a rookie, and it feels pretty good to get a good start here,” Kuypers told The Standard.
Lakefield got on the board first, scoring over a minute and a half into the first period. But, over five minutes later, Risebrough found the puck in front of the net and wired it past Lakefield’s goaltender, tying the game 1-1.
Just over a minute into the second period, Kody Fruhner scored, giving the MoJacks their first lead of the game. But that lead didn’t last very long. Almost seven minutes in, the Chiefs scored a power play goal, and the game was once again tied.
Almost a minute and a half into the third period, Lamers put the puck in the open side of the Lakefield net, giving Port Perry a 3-2 lead. However, after the MoJacks turned over the puck, the Chiefs scored a shorthanded goal, tying the game 3-3.
The game needed overtime to decide a winner. Over four and a half minutes into the seven minute overtime period, Ian Elkins scored the game winning goal for the MoJacks. The goal was also his first goal of the season.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle noted there was no better way for Elkins to score his first goal of the season.
“I just said to him ‘what a way to break the ice on your first goal, the [overtime] winner against Lakefield.’ That’s got to feel really good,” he said. “He’s played well and [it’s] well deserved by him. It was a nice goal too.”
Kuypers stopped 50 of the 53 shots he faced in the game. With the win, the division’s goalie of the month retains an undefeated record of nine wins and no losses.
“That’s his third win against Lakefield. He’s playing awesome,” Boyle said.
As of press time, the MoJacks are tied with Lakefield for first place in the division.
The MoJacks will next be in action, on Thursday, Dec. 7th, against the Clarington Eagles, at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex in Bowmanville. The game will begin at 7:20 p.m. The MoJacks next home game is Sunday, Dec. 10th, at 2:25 p.m., against the North Kawartha Knights.
At that game, the MoJacks will be holding their annual ‘Wooly Toss’, in support of Operation Scugog. Fans are being asked to bring winter clothing, such as hats, gloves, mittens or scarves, in a plastic bag, to be thrown on the ice when the MoJacks score their first goal. Everything collected will stay in the community.
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