DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks suffered a couple losses over the weekend.
Port Perry opened their weekend schedule with a game in Gananoque against the Islanders on Saturday, November 9th.
The game did not start well for the MoJacks, as they fell behind 3-0 by the end of the first period.
12 minutes into the second period, Nick Chokrev-Cerpnjak scored, cutting the deficit to two for Port Perry. But the Islanders added a goal late in the period, and Port Perry trailed 4-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Two and a quarter minutes into the third frame, Noah Donaghy cut the deficit back to two with a goal. But that was as close as Port Perry would get, allowing one more Gananoque goal about a minute later, and losing the game 5-2.
There was no rest for the MoJacks though. They headed to Scugog Arena for a Sunday, November 10th matchup against the top team in the Orr division, the North Kawartha Knights.
Less than a minute and a half into the first frame, Donaghy took advantage of a MoJack power play, scoring the first goal of the game. Less than six minutes later, however, the Knights were able to deflect the puck past MoJack goalie Corey Kuypers, tying the game 1-1. With a little over three minutes left, the Knights took their first lead of the game, and headed to the dressing room up 2-1.
It didn’t get any better for Port Perry in the second period. Six minutes in, the Knights scored again, extending Port Perry’s deficit to 3-1. Over seven minutes later, the Knights struck twine again, making it a 4-1 game. Port Perry would get some advantage late in the period though. With a delayed penalty coming to Port Perry, the Knights pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. But, while in the MoJacks zone, a Knights shot was deflected by a MoJack stick and went the length of the ice straight into North Kawartha’s empty net. Kolby Fralic was awarded the goal.
However, North Kawartha was able to shut down Port Perry’s offense in the third period, and the MoJacks lost 4-2.
After the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle spoke about his thoughts on the team’s effort. “[North Kawartha] got a couple lucky bounces on a couple goals, and that ended up to be the difference in the game. I thought our effort was pretty good, playing a first place team,” he said. “The boys competed hard. Just a break here or there would’ve helped us out.”