The Uxbridge Bruins had their recent four-game winning streak closed down by the visiting Little Britain Merchants on Friday, Oct. 24, as the Merchants overpowered the Bruins in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory.
The Bruins held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes behind Marco Mastrangelo’s fifth goal of the season, assisted by Alex Siblock and Owen Scuralli, who had been called up from the ‘AAA’ Midget Ajax-Pickering Raiders.
The Bruins wasted little time extending their lead in the second period, with Korey Brand netting a shorthanded goal just 33 seconds into the middle frame, with assists credited to Adam Bartholomew and Thomas Sheedy.
However, the tide would turn less than a minute later, as Little Britain reeled off five unanswered goals starting with a powerplay marker from Kurtis Moore less than a minute later. Moore would add another tally later in the frame, with Mark Harris, Mitchell Brown and Kenzie Smith rounding out the scoresheet for the visitors.
Speaking with The Standard following the game, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson noted that the second period proved to be the Bruins’ unravelling.
“Tonight came down to one period, and our boys didn’t have it in the second, and this is two games in a row that we’ve given up the lead in the second. As a coaching staff, we’ll review it to try and get it turned around,” Hodgkinson said.
With three powerplay goals scored on the evening, Little Britain Head Coach Rob Louttit noted that special teams proved to be the difference in his post-game comments to The Standard.
“We got a little more aggressive on our forecheck tonight, and then the powerplay clicked and we were also able to throw a good penalty kill at them,” Louttit said.
As well, the Merchants were boosted by the recent additions of Smith, an Uxbridge native and former Bruin who had been toiling in the Tier II Junior ‘A’ ranks with Cobourg the past two seasons, as well as veteran defenceman Jesse Beers.
“Those guys are both huge additions for us,” commented Louttit. “We were able to bring back a defenceman that was a big part of our team in the past, as well as a guy with Junior ‘A’ experience. With those guys, it’s like we grew overnight and got a lot more physical.”
It was the same score, albeit a different result for the Bruins earlier in the week as the Georgina Ice visited Uxrena for a rare Tuesday night contest on Oct. 21, with Uxbridge skating to a 5-2 win.
An unassisted goal from Jarett Smith just over four minutes into the action gave the Bruins the lead until the Ice stormed back with a pair in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
However, the Bruins would bombard the Ice in the final frame, as they lit the lamp four times behind goals from Siblock, Smith and a pair from Daryl Thomson to secure the win.
- The Bruins hosted a ‘Pink at the Rink Night’ on Friday, as the team collected donations for the Canadian Cancer Society.
-The expansion North Kawartha Knights will make their first-ever appearance at Uxrena on Friday, Oct. 31, when they tangle with the Bruins at 7:45 p.m.
- The following night, the Bruins will hit the road to face-off against the Merchants at Sunderland Memorial Arena, with the action getting underway at 7:30 p.m.