DAN CEARNS, The Standard

SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks’ first home game of the new year, scheduled for Sunday, January 2nd against the Little Britain Merchants, was postponed.


On Wednesday, December 29th, Scugog Township announced they were closing the Scugog Community Recreation Centre until further notice.


“Due to positive cases of COVID-19 and to mitigate further spread of the virus, effectively immediately, Scugog Community Recreation Centre will be closed for all recreational programming until further notice. The vaccination clinic will remain open. We are closely monitoring the situation,” read a statement from the Township.


The MoJacks’ last played in Clarington, against the Eagles, on Thursday, December 30th.


While the team was outshot 12 to 7 by the Eagles in the first period, the game remained scoreless until partway through the second period.
About nine minutes into that frame, the Eagles scored the only goal of the game. The MoJacks lost 1-0.


Before the Christmas break, the MoJacks faced the Uxbridge Bruins at Scugog Arena on Sunday, December 19th.


Nearly 13 and a half minutes into the first period, the Bruins scored a power-play goal to put the MoJacks behind 1-0. But, with a little over four minutes remaining in the period, Nolan Goddard was wide open in front of the Uxbridge net and sniped a shot past the Uxbridge goaltender, tying the game up 1-1.


The game remained tied until late in the second period. With just 17 seconds remaining, Jack Davis backhanded the puck past Uxbridge’s goalie, putting Port Perry on top 2-1.


The Bruins found the equalizer goal over three minutes into the third, though, knotting the game up 2-2. The MoJacks got the lead back 10 and a half minutes into the frame when Nick Chokrev-Cerpnjak dangled the puck past the Uxbridge goaltender for his fifth goal of the season. But, with 30 seconds remaining in the period, the Bruins scored again to tie the game at 3-3.


The game headed to overtime. Six minutes into the overtime frame, the Bruins scored the game-winning goal, and Port Perry lost 4-3.