The Uxbridge Bruins had to work overtime for it, but they earned their sixth straight win on Friday, Jan. 23, needing a shootout to score a 3-2 win over the visiting Little Britain Merchants. The tough tests will keep on coming for the Bruins, as they tangle with the league-leading Lakefield Chiefs in a home-and-home affair this week.
Patrick Bolahood wasted little time getting Uxbridge on the scoreboard, when his shot bounced into the Merchants’ net just over two minutes into the action, with Dylan Locke picking up the lone assist on the play.
Both teams had trouble controlling the puck in the early portion of the game, with plenty of strange bounces keeping both sides guessing throughout the opening period.
Nearing the midpoint of the second period, the Merchants caught a break, as a long shot from Curtis Lee bounced between Uxbridge netminder Branden Francey’s legs to equalize the match.
Uxbridge regained the lead when Jarett Smith corraled a pass from Marco Mastrangelo in front of the net to score a powerplay goal almost four minutes into the third period.
However, just over three minutes later, Kurtis Moore tied the game, and after spirited play from both sides down the stretch, and into overtime, the game headed to a shootout.
Todd Winder netted the lone goal of the shootout, as Francey turned aside all three Merchant attempts.
- To celebrate their recent International Silver Stick tournament championships, the Bruins honoured the members of the Uxbridge Stars Atom and Minor PeeWee teams on Friday night.
- The Bruins were in Lakefield on Tuesday, Jan. 27 (after The Standard’s press deadline).
- On Friday, Jan. 29, the Chiefs visit Uxbridge for a 7:45 p.m. tilt.