SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks kept pace with the top teams in the Orr division standings, with recent wins over the Lakefield Chiefs and Clarington Eagles.
After their nine game winning streak was snapped by the Uxbridge Bruins, on November 12th, the MoJacks were able to score a 6-3 victory over the Chiefs in Lakefield, on Tuesday, November 14th.
Graham Lamers got the first goal of the game, over 14 minutes into the first period. Then, with only nine seconds left in the first, Luke Wyatt scored a power play goal, giving Port Perry a 2-0 lead.
However, Lakefield scored twice in the second period, and the game was tied 2-2 heading into the third.
Almost three minutes into the third frame, Spencer Robinson scored, giving the MoJacks back the lead. But, less than a minute later, the Chiefs scored and the game was once again tied.
However, the MoJacks were determined to get the win. About seven and a half minutes in, Derek Risebrough scored. Over two minutes later, Robinson scored on the power play, to extend the MoJacks’ lead. Brady Martin added an empty net goal late in the period, and the MoJacks won by a final score of 6-3.
The MoJacks followed up that win with a 2-1 victory over the Clarington Eagles at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, November 19th.
Both teams battled hard in the first period, but the game was scoreless until late in the second period. Jeff Gauld broke the deadlock with a goal over 16 minutes into the period.
Then, less than three and a half minutes into the third period, on the power play, Dan Harris rifled a shot past the Eagles’ goaltender, to give the MoJacks a 2-0 lead. But the Eagles pushed back. Over a minute and a half later, the Eagles found the back of the net and the MoJacks’ lead was cut to one goal.
However, the MoJacks survived a late push from the Eagles and won the game by a final score of 2-1.
Following the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle called the victory a “solid team effort.”
“Clarington really pushed hard in the third. I thought in the first period we were a dominant team. [In the] second period, again I thought we had a solid period, and probably should’ve had a couple goals. But we let them hang around, and they had a big push in the third. They definitely came on, and the last 10 minutes was all Clarington for sure, and we luckily held them off,” Boyle said.
As of press time, the MoJacks, Bruins and Chiefs are in a three-way tie for first place in the PJHL Orr division standings.
The MoJacks will be looking to continue their winning ways when they play against the North Kawartha Knights, on Saturday, November 25th in Apsley, at 2:25 p.m. The MoJacks will then face the Georgina Ice at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, November 26th at 2:25 p.m.