Article by Ian Schoonderbeek/Photos by Tessa Schoonderbeek
The Clarington Eagles continued their winning ways Thursday, defeating the visiting Port Perry Lumberjacks 5-1 at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex.
The play got a little disorganized from there. Head coach Dean Baumhauer was not fully pleased with the effort despite the win. “We got up 3-0 and then everyone wants to play pond hockey,” said Dean. “We took way too many penalties and had a lot of careless sticks.”
Owen Manarin increased the Clarington lead to four in the third period on a perfectly placed spinning backhand shot. It found the top corner over the Port Perry goaltender’s shoulder.
Rookie Dale Junkin would finish off the Eagles’ scoring with his fourth goal of the season. The play resulted in a skirmish after a Port Perry player hit the speedy Eagles forward well after the goal was scored. The cheap shot resulted in a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for the Lumberjacks defender.
The Eagles apply pressure in the offensive zone during the second period.
A turnover on the 5-minute powerplay resulted in a shorthanded 2-on-0 breakaway late in the third period. The Lumberjacks scored on the play, breaking up Eagles goaltender Marc-Olivier Robert’s shutout bid.
Baumhauer pointed to the team’s performance with the man advantage as something that needs to be addressed. “We’re missing some key guys right now, and our powerplay isn’t very good because of it,” he said. “We turned the puck over at the end of a two-minute shift and it cost our goalie the shutout. That’s just not good enough.”
Always one to pick out the positives every game, Baumhauer praised the play of Junkin and Canini. Combined, they earned two goals and three assists on the evening. “I really liked the Junkin goal in the third,” said Dean. “Canini did a nice job setting up the play and more importantly sticking up for his teammate after a dirty hit.”
Baumhauer was also happy with the performances of call-ups Simon Smith and Ryan Bordun. “Stepping up to Junior C from U18 AA is a big jump, but they stepped up and helped us out a lot over the last two weeks along with some of the AAA call-ups.”
The win sees the Eagles sitting 8 points ahead of second-place Little Britain in the Orr Division standings (though Little Britain has played three fewer games).
The Eagles return to action next Thursday, November 10 when they host the North Kawartha Knights at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. Game time is 7:25 p.m.