DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks will have some extra work as they set out this week in their quest for the Cougar Cup, awarded annually to the COJHL champions.
By virtue of their fourth-place finish in the standings, Port Perry will square off in a best-three-out-of-five series against the fifth-seeded Little Britain Merchants for the right to battle the first-place Uxbridge Bruins in a best-of-seven semi-final match-up. The action gets underway at Scugog Arena with Game 1 set for Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:25 p.m.
This past weekend, the MoJacks skated to a 5-1 victory over the Merchants in Little Britain on Saturday, Feb. 7. Ryan Nichols scored twice in the win, with Cole Murray, Konrad Piorkowski and Graham Lamers chipping in singles.
MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish expects both teams to bring their best what promises to be an action-packed mini-series.
“I think we match up fine with Little Britain. They do have some explosive weapons that we will have be aware of,” Cornish told The Standard. “I think that ultimately, the series will come down to doing the little things that don’t show up in the game sheet.”
The MoJacks’ season came to a close on Sunday, Feb. 8, with a 6-1 loss on home ice to the Bruins in the regular season’s final Battle of North Durham. Todd McNair scored Port Perry’s lone goal, with assists credited to Kyle Schweda and Lucas Clark.
- MoJacks netminder Blake Shaw has been named the 2014-15 COJHL Rookie of the Year. The 18-year-old Brooklin resident posted a record of 15-8-2 with a 3.04 goals against average this season.
“All we expected from Blake was for him to come in and challenge for the number-one job. He did that, and really performed well in a lot of key games for us this year, and gave us the chance to win,” said Cornish.
- Graham Lamers led the MoJacks in scoring this season with 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists), leading a balanced MoJacks attack that featured nine players with more than 28 points during the regular season.
- Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday, Feb. 14, in Little Britain at 7:30 p.m. Port Perry will host Game 3 on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2:25 p.m. If needed, Game 4 will be played in Little Britain, at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:25 p.m. in Port Perry.
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