DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks’ explosive offence helped to push the team’s current winning streak to five games, as they powered past Little Britain and North Kawartha over the weekend.
In their opening game of the weekend, the MoJacks travelled to Little Britain for a match-up with the Merchants on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The Shopkeepers would jump out to a 2-0 lead before Lucas Berkers got the MoJacks on the scoreboard with just over a minute to play in the first with a powerplay blast from the slot.
The MoJacks seized a 4-2 lead with three unanswered goals to start the second period. Kyle Powell scored on the powerplay early in the second, with Cole Murray adding a pair before Brady Martin netted a late goal to draw Little Britain to within one as the third period got underway.
Just over three minutes into the third period, Graham Lamers converted a breakaway attempt with two Merchant defencemen in hot pursuit to push Port Perry to a 5-3 lead.
Later in the frame, Steve Sampson brushed himself after a crushing hit behind the net to pick up a pass from Liam Schweda that was threaded beautifully through the offensive zone by the 17-year-old Port Perry native to put the MoJacks ahead by a score of 6-3.
With time winding down in the contest, the Merchants mounted a late charge, with Brett Doble notching a powerplay goal with just under four minutes to play, followed shortly afterwards by a powerplay marker by Kenzie Smith to draw Little Britain to within a single score.
However, the Merchants would be unable to slip the tying goal past MoJacks netminder Blake Shaw, and Ryan Bernades would chip in an empty net goal to seal a 7-5 victory for Port Perry.
“We’ve been doing too much of that lately, getting down and trying to come back and it’s bit us the past two games,” Merchants Head Coach Rob Louttit told The Standard following the game, citing the game earlier in the week that saw the Merchants fall by a score of 5-4 to Clarington. “Teams are too good in this loop to be getting down by a few goals and expecting to be able to come back on a regular basis.”
The following afternoon, the MoJacks were back in action, as the North Kawartha Knights paid a visit to Scugog Arena.
The MoJacks dominated the match-up from the opening face-off, cruising to a 10-0 victory, with Jeff Julien picking up the win between the pipes for Port Perry.
Lucas Clark rebounded following a night to forget against the Merchants in which the 17-year-old Port Perry product was whistled for a 10-minute misconduct prior to the game before being ejected for checking from behind in his first shift of the game, with a five-point effort on the afternoon, netting two goals and three assists.
Clark opened the scoring, with Murray and Sampson following his act during a frantic stretch in the opening frame that saw the MoJacks light the lamp three times in just 35 seconds.
The MoJacks offence continued to roll in the middle stanza, with Kyle Schweda scoring twice and Jeff St. Pierre chipped in a single as Port Perry took a 6-0 lead into the third period.
Lamers, St. Pierre, Evan Wasylyk and Clark rounded out the scoring as the MoJacks posted another lopsided victory on home ice, following their 10-2 shellacking of Georgina the previous week.
“We’ve got some good line combinations working right now, and we’re doing a good job of communicating on the ice and the guys seem to really be in a groove with each other,” MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish told The Standard in regards to the offensive explosion his team has seen of late, scoring 27 goals in their past three games.
As well, Cornish praised the balanced offensive attack that the MoJacks have deployed during their recent five-game winning streak.
“If you can roll all four of your lines, and get that secondary scoring going, it can be really tough to defend,” added Cornish.
- The MoJacks will hit the road on Friday, Nov. 14, as they head to Uxbridge for the latest round of ‘The Battle of North Durham’ against the arch rival Bruins at 7:45 p.m.
- On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Lakefield Chiefs will visit Scugog Arena for a 2:25 p.m. showdown with the MoJacks.
- Prior to Sunday’s game, the MoJacks held a special Remembrance Day ceremony.
- Defenceman Liam Schweda is currently on a seven-game point streak, dating back to Oct. 19.
- On Thursday, Nov. 13, MoJacks GM Murray Parliament, as well as Head Coach Clair Cornish will be inducted to the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame.
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