Article by I. Schoonderbeek/Photos by C. Archer & N. Schoonderbeek
The Clarington Eagles won their second straight game of the season Thursday, defeating the visiting Port Perry Lumberjacks 7-1 at the Garnet B Rickard Recreation Complex.
The first 10 minutes of the game saw a lot of close checking with neither team giving up much in terms of quality scoring chances. The Eagles began to pressure the Lumberjacks in the offensive zone as the period wore on.
Adam Klaas broke the deadlock late in the first period after streaking down the wing and burying a backhander over the outstretched Port Perry goaltender.
Coach Dean Baumhauer was pleased with the start his team had in the first period. ”Port Perry is a hard-working team, but they don’t have as much skill as we do” said Dean. “We had to match their desire to play the game. I really liked the Stirling, Klaas, Canini line in the first. They spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.”
The Eagles blew the game wide open in the second period, outscoring Port Perry by a 4-1 margin. Owen Manarin led the charge with two goals in the period and would go on to complete the hat trick with a powerplay goal in the third.
Rookie Dale Junkin scored his first goal of the season on a second-period powerplay and played a tenacious game on the forecheck.
The Lumberjacks scored their lone goal of the game on a deflected point shot that found its way past Carter Watson late in the second period. Baumhauer was pleased with the performance of the rookie netminder. “I thought Watson was good,” said Dean. “He had a couple rebound control issues but overall, he played a really strong game tonight.”
While the offense was the story of the evening, Baumhauer was equally pleased with the performance of his rebuilt defense core. “Our back end was really strong tonight. Guys like Harris, Vivian, and Matheson got a little more ice and they stepped up and played well. Watching Hall and Kelloway play, you can tell they’re older guys that really know how to manage the game. Overall, lots of positives headed into tomorrow night.”
Eagles captain Dawson Manning was pleased with his club’s efforts. “We had a great game,” said Manning. “All the young guys really stepped up tonight. Watson played well and got his first win. It was nice to see Stirling’s line get going with the two new guys, and obviously Manny with the hat trick had a great game.”
The Eagles won’t have much time to rest. They’ll try to make it three wins in a row when they travel to Uxbridge this evening to take on the Bruins at the Uxbridge Arena and Recreation Centre. Puck drop is at 7:45.