SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks were able to double up the Gananoque Islanders in their lone weekend game.
For the second time in a span of about two weeks, one MoJack weekend game, scheduled for Saturday, December 14th in Little Britain against the Merchants, was postponed due to snowy conditions. However, they were able to play the following day, Sunday, December 15th, at Scugog Arena against the Islanders.
The MoJacks got off to a dominant start in the first period, heavily outshooting the opposition. Less than two minutes in, Nick Chokrev-Cerpnjak, referred to as Saint Nicholas by the MoJacks’ public address announcer, got Port Perry on the board first 1-0. With the MoJacks holding their annual ‘Wooley Toss’ game that day, the goal sent bags of winter clothing flying from the stands onto the ice, for donation to Operation Scugog. However, a little over halfway through the period, the Islanders scored, tying the game 1-1. But, with less than six and a half minutes remaining in the frame, the MoJacks got their lead back, when Chokrev-Cerpnjak tipped a Noah Bray shot past the Islander goalie for his second goal of the game. Gananoque made a goalie change after the goal, with their starter leaving with an apparent injury. With a minute and a half left on the board, Justin Jacobs was able to put a shot, from a sharp angle at the left side of the net, past the Gananoque goalie, giving Port Perry a 3-1 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.
Though, under a minute and a half into the second period, the Islanders pulled themselves back within one, with a goal, 3-2. But, with under seven minutes remaining in the period, Noah Donaghy capitalized on a MoJack power play, scoring to make it a 4-2 game. Tensions boiled over late in the period, with both sides involved in some pushing, shoving and fighting.
Over 12 minutes into the third period, Jacobs scored his second goal of the game, extending the lead to 5-2. About two and a half minutes later, the Islanders scored, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 5-3. But, 30 seconds after that, Kirk Meek put the puck through the pads of Gananoque’s goaltender, for his first goal as a MoJack. The MoJacks were able to hang on to the three-goal lead, and won the game 6-3.
The MoJacks will head to Picton to face the Pirates this Saturday, December 21st. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.
Port Perry’s next home game at Scugog Arena is Sunday, December 22nd at 2:25 p.m. against the rival Uxbridge Bruins.