DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks extended their winning streak to three games, with victories over Clarington and Georgina over this past weekend.
The games had little in common, as the MoJacks worked overtime for a 5-4 win in Bowmanville on Halloween night before rolling over the Ice by a score of 10-2 on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Scugog Arena.
Lucas Clark, Kyle Schweda, Eric MacDonald and Jeff St. Pierre contributing goals for Port Perry in regulation against the Eagles, with former MoJack Brodie Myers registering a hat trick for Clarington.
Clark would end the game just over two minutes into the extra frame with his second of the night. Blake Shaw earned his seventh win of the season between the pipes for the MoJacks.
On Sunday, Nov. 2, the MoJacks returned home to Scugog Arena, and newly acquired Alex Carnevale made an immediate impact with the team, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in his MoJacks’ debut.
The 19-year-old Beaverton native spent the past three seasons toiling in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls and Sarnia Sting after being drafted 47th overall by the Bulls in 2011. The 5’11” 163 lb. winger finished last season with the Tier II Junior ‘A’ Wellington Dukes.
“Alex made a life decision that he wanted to continue playing competitive hockey, and he knew some guys on our team so it was a natural fit,” MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish told The Standard. “We hope he can bring a next-level mentality to our club, and show what it take to play at a higher level and contribute in a variety of ways to our team. Not just scoring goals, but also being a leader in our dressing room.”
Carnevale netted the first two goals of the game against Georgina, with Todd McNair chipping in a single as the MoJacks took a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The MoJacks’ offence continued to roll in the second, with Carnevale rounding out his hat, with singles from Clark, Steve Sampson and Graham Lamers rounding out the scoring as the home side took a commanding 7-0 lead through two periods of play.
Kyle Powell gave Port Perry an 8-0 lead before former MoJack Brandon Basler broke up Jeff Julien’s shutout bid. Powerplay goals from Clark and Evan Wasylyk rounded out the scoring for Port Perry, while Sunderland’s Derek Risebrough scored late for the Ice, as they were melted by the MoJacks.
Bruins dethrone Knights
The Uxbridge Bruins earned a weekend split, as they downed the North Kawartha Knights by a score of 5-1 in Uxbridge on Friday, Oct. 31, before falling 4-2 to Little Britain in Sunderland on Saturday night.
The Bruins sought to strike fear in the opposition on Halloween night, as they hosted the expansion Knights for the first time at Uxrena, and dominated play throughout the first period, with Daryl Thomson putting the Bruins ahead 1-0 late in the first period, assisted by Alex Williamson and Jordan Nesbitt.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Marco Mastrangelo put the Bruins ahead by two when he powered into the zone and slammed the puck past the Knights’ netminder.
Almost five minutes later, Bruins goalie Branden Francey used a perfectly-timed poke check to thwart a penalty shot attempt by Knights forward Cameron Medland.
After the penalty shot attempt, the game opened up, with great scoring chances at both ends of the ice. However, Francey and his North Kawartha counterpart, Brenton McKenzie Crowe made several sensational saves to thwart those opportunities.
With just over five minutes to play in the second, Thomson netted his second of the evening to open a 3-0 lead through forty minutes of play.
Francey’s shutout bid was broken up just 33 seconds into the third period when a deflection by Tanner Hamilton eluded him, drawing the Knights back to within two goals. However, goals from Alex Siblock and Tyson Eastgate would put the game out of reach, as the Bruins rolled to a 5-1 victory.
Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson had praise for the newest edition to the COJHL.
“North Kawartha played like two different teams from the first time we played them. That wasn’t the same team we saw in Apsley, and they came at us hard when given opportunities,” Hodgkinson said. “Likewise, we were able to capitalize on our own opportunities, which you have to do in this league this year because every team is tough, this wasn’t a 5-1 hockey game by any means.”
The following night, the action shifted to Sunderland for a meeting between the Bruins and Little Britain Merchants. The neutral site game was needed due to a conflict at Little Britain Arena, and the community came out in droves with 220 patrons attending the game.
A shorthanded goal from Brett Doble opened the scoring, followed less than two minutes later by an even strength strike from Terry Snoddon as the Merchants took a 2-0 lead into the second period.
Mastrangelo would bring the Bruins to within a goal almost nine minutes into the second, assisted by Siblock and Jarett Smith, but the Merchants would strike back with goals from Jesse Craig and the second of the night from Snoddon to take a 4-1 lead.
An unassisted powerplay goal from Aiden Reilly in the third period rounded out the scoring as the Merchants bagged up a 4-2 win.
- The Lakefield Chiefs visit Uxbridge on Friday, Nov. 7, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up, and the following night, the Bruins will hit the road for a Saturday night encounter with the North Kawartha Knights in Apsley at 7:20 p.m.
- One winning streak will be broken on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Little Britain when the MoJacks - winners of three-in-a-row - meet up with the Merchants, who are currently riding a five-game winning streak at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the North Kawartha Knights ride into Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. tilt.
- There will be special Remembrance Day ceremonies prior to both games this weekend in North Durham.
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