DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Port Perry MoJacks survived a scare over the weekend when they made their first-ever trip to Apsley on Saturday, Oct. 11, for a match-up with the North Kawartha Knights, skating to a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory.
The Knights would take a 2-0 lead before Ryan Nichols scored late in the first period, assisted by Ryan Bernardes and Liam Schweda to put Port Perry on the board.
Todd McNair netted his first goal as MoJack just over seven minutes into the second period to knot the game 2-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Just 30 seconds into the third period, the Knights would regain the lead, but it would be short-lived as Graham Lamers converted a pass from Nichols just 40 seconds later to tie the game 3-3. Despite spirited play throughout the remainder of the game into an overtime period, a shootout would be needed to determine the winner.
Kyle Powell scored the lone goal of the shootout to propel the MoJacks to victory, with Jeff Julien turning aside all three of the Knights’ opportunities.
There would be little time for the team to rest, as they were back on the ice the following afternoon (Sunday, Oct. 11) at Scugog Arena to tangle with the Little Britain Merchants.
Akin to the Thanksgiving turkeys served over the weekend, the MoJacks found themselves carved up by the Merchants early, as Little Britain netted a shorthanded, even-strength and power play goal to take a 3-0 lead after the first period.
Just over six minutes into the middle stanza, a long pass from Andrew Crichton made it through a throng of red jerseys and onto Powell’s stick at the Little Britain blue line, and he streaked in on goal, scoring his fourth goal of the season to bring Port Perry to within two goals. Brett Doble would score a late powerplay goal, restoring a three-goal lead for Little Britain at the end of the second period.
Almost four minutes into the third period, the MoJacks would once again cut the Merchants’ lead to two, when Eric MacDonald won a battle for a loose puck, and found Konrad Piorkowski all alone in front of the net, and he eluded Merchants goalie Garrett Haden to score his fourth of the 2014-15 campaign.
However, that would be as close as the MoJacks would get. Blake Shaw prevented the Merchants from adding to their lead, but the home side was unable to convert their scoring chances down the stretch, falling by a final score of 4-2.
Following the game, MoJacks Head Coach Clair Cornish was blunt when describing his team’s performance.
“We didn’t come ready to play,” Cornish told The Standard. “We had our chances to score, but we have to be better on our second attempts and score dirty goals.”
Cornish did however, offer praise for the performance put in by Bernardes, Nichols and Lamers the previous evening against the Knights.
“For us to be successful, we have to have all 20 guys going every shift. Those guys bring it, and they lead by example, and that’s what we need,” added Cornish.
- The MoJacks travel to Keswick on Friday, Oct. 17, for a 7:30 p.m. tilt with the Georgina Ice.
- On Sunday, Oct. 19, the MoJacks will be back at Scugog Arena for a ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the rival Uxbridge Bruins at 2:25 p.m.
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