DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks were able to avoid a winless week with a victory against the top team in the Orr division, the North Kawartha Knights, on the weekend.
The MoJacks started the week with a rare Wednesday night home game at Scugog Arena against the Amherstview Jets on October 23rd.
The Jets pounded the MoJacks early, putting Port Perry behind 4 to 0 after the first period.
The MoJacks found some light though in the second period. Four minutes in, Josh Robinson scored a power play goal, cutting the deficit to 4 to 1. But the Jets later struck twice, about two minutes apart, giving them a five goal lead. With less than five minutes remaining in the frame, Nolan Goddard fired a puck past the Jets goalie, making it a 6 to 2 game. 40 seconds later, the Jets struck again, giving them a 7 to 2 lead. That did not discourage the MoJacks. With a little over three minutes left, Carter Thornton stole a puck from the Jets’ defenders and scored, cutting the deficit to 7 to 3. Then, with 10 seconds left, Owen Hurtibese tapped the puck past the Jets’ goalie, and the period ended at 7 to 4.
Hurtibese scored his second goal of the game in the third period, on the power play, but that was as far as Port Perry got, falling 7 to 5 to Amherstview.
The MoJacks then headed to Uxbridge on Friday, October 25th for the first ‘Battle of North Durham’ of the season. The MoJacks got on the board first, just 44 seconds in, with a goal from Justin Jacobs. But the Bruins struck twice before the 10 minute mark, putting the MoJacks behind 2 to 1. Uxbridge added a goal late in the period, and held a 3 to 1 lead after the first 20 minutes.
The Bruins added to their lead with two more goals in the second period, making it a 5 to 1 game.
In the third period, less than nine minutes in, the Bruins added a power play goal, increasing Port Perry’s deficit to 6 to 1. Hurtibese and Nick Chokrev-Cerpnjak later scored, but it wasn’t enough as Port Perry lost 6 to 3.
Port Perry headed home to Scugog Arena, looking to end a four game losing streak against the Orr division’s first place team, the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday, October 27th.
50 seconds in, Carter Thornton scored on Port Perry’s first shot of the game. But, less than seven minutes in, the Knights found their way through Port Perry’s defense and scored, tying the game 1 to 1. Over a minute later, Jacobs received a nice pass in front of the North Kawartha net from Chokrev-Cerpnjak and scored, putting Port Perry back on top 2 to 1. With over four minutes left on the clock, the Knights scored a power play goal, knotting the game back up 2 to 2. 44 seconds later, the MoJacks got their own power play goal, Jacobs’ second goal of the game, and led 3 to 2 after the first 20 minutes.
Chokrev-Cerpnjak sealed Port Perry’s victory with a goal in the third period, as the MoJacks held on to beat the Knights 4 to 2.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Jeff St. Pierre commented on Justin Jacobs’ three point performance.
“[Jacobs] is coming along really well. He’s fast, he gets in on the forecheck, he’s tough to play against,” he said. “I thought today he played really good, and he’s a key guy for us.”
– The MoJacks will look to carry the momentum into a game in Clarington against the Eagles on Thursday, October 31st. Puck drop is 7:20 p.m.
– The MoJacks busy schedule continues with a game in Apsley against the Knights on Saturday, November 2nd at 7:25 p.m.
– Port Perry finishes the weekend at home, Scugog Arena, on Sunday, November 3rd against the Georgina Ice at 2:25 p.m.