As has been reported in this week’s edition of The Standard, the PJHL Orr division playoffs are set to begin this week. The Lakefield Chiefs and the Uxbridge Bruins will both take byes in the first round. The round 1 Orr division matchups include Port Perry MoJacks vs. Georgina Ice and Clarington Eagles vs. North Kawartha Knights.
Those who have been reading The Standard’s sports section over the past six months have probably noticed that I have been covering the MoJacks this season, and with the playoffs soon to start, I will try my hand at predicting the outcome of the two first round series.
Let’s start with Port Perry vs. Georgina. I’m picking the Port Perry MoJacks to win this series. Yes, the reporter who covers the MoJacks, picking them to win a playoff series probably doesn’t sound like a huge surprise to some people, but I have plenty of information to back up why I think they will win this series.
First off, the MoJacks swept the season series against Georgina, winning all seven games they played against them, including their most recent 9-3 victory to finish the regular season. Port Perry finished the season as the highest scoring team in the division, while Georgina finished with the least amount of goals among the six playoff teams. Two MoJacks forwards are in the top four in division for goals and points, Graham Lamers and Derek Risebrough. In goals against, the MoJacks allowed the third fewest goals against in the division, while Georgina allowed the most goals against of the six playoff teams.
Next up is Clarington vs. North Kawartha. I feel like this is going to be a tight, close series, and I’m picking the North Kawartha Knights to win it.
After losing in the seventh game of their round 1 series, against Uxbridge in last year’s playoffs, the Knights are looking to get further in this year’s playoffs. Yes, they did lose the season series against Clarington, but it was only by a one game difference.
Clarington won four of the seven meetings while North Kawartha won three. North Kawartha is a speedy team that can score, as they were third best in the division for goals for. Out of the two series, I have a feeling, this one is the most likely to have an upset, even if it is the fifth placed team defeating the fourth placed team.
As with any predictions I make, feel free to call me on any of these if they end up being wrong.
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