MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
A pair of shutout victories last week ensured the Uxbridge Bruins would retain first place in the Orr Division standings.
Although, before a busy weekend in the Provincial Junior Hockey League was through, they would be joined by the Lakefield Chiefs, with both clubs sitting at 18 points, although the Chiefs do have a game in hand.
In the lone Tuesday night tilt of the season, at the Bear Den, on Oct. 17th, the Bruins were able to withstand a tenacious first period from the Georgina Ice, to eventually roll to an 8-0 victory.
A Simon Fieg goal, late in the first period, gave the Bruins a 1-0 advantage, before Aiden Reilly added a pair in the second period, sandwiched around a Cristian Giorgio marker.
The Uxbridge offence continued to pile up points in the third period, with Reilly completing his hat trick and singles, from Robert Freckelton, Kieran Beaudoin and Cameron Moffitt.
With first place on the line, on Friday night, the Bruins battled throughout the evening with the Clarington Eagles.
With just over six minutes remaining in the first period, Fieg capitalized on a miscue by the Eagles’ powerplay, to score a shorthanded goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Fieg’s was the third shorthanded tally of the season for Uxbridge.
The teams traded scoring chances throughout a tightly-contested second period, but neither side was able to solve the defence. The Bruins finally got some breathing room, with just over six minutes remaining in regulation, when Damien Heinle scored, to double the Bruins’ lead.
An empty net tally for Fieg would ultimately seal the 3-0 win for Uxbridge.
Reigning Orr Division Goaltender of the Month, Ryan McConkey turned aside all 32 shots he faced, to pick up his second straight shutout, and third overall this season, to earn a share of the overall lead across the PJHL’s eight divisions.
Bear Necessities: McConkey became the first Uxbridge net minder to post back-to-back shutouts since Chris Seiler, in his MVP season of 2008-09.
The Bruins are back in action at The Bear Den, on Friday, Oct. 27th, at 7:45 p.m., for a ‘Battle of North Durham’, against the Port Perry MoJacks.
On Saturday evening, the Bruins will make their first trek of the season to Apsley, looking to dethrone the North Kawartha Knights.
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