Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins were able to get back to winning ways and salvage a busy weekend, in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s (PJHL) Orr Division, with a 4-2 victory over the Georgina Ice on Sunday, Nov. 6th, in Sutton.
After falling behind 1-0 through the first period, Uxbridge found their mojo in the latter portion of the game, scoring four unanswered goals, to skate away with two points.
Derek Dolan knotted the game 1-1, with just under five minutes to play in the second, and would assist on Damien Heinle’s go-ahead goal shortly afterwards, to give the Bruins a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish in the third period. In the final frame, Liam Timewell and Adam Bartholomew scored for Uxbridge, before a late Georgina powerplay goal closed the gap. But, that would be as close as the home side would get, with Jake Joosten turning aside 26 of the 28 shots fired his way in net, for the Bruins.
With the win, Uxbridge clawed their way back into a fourth place tie with North Kawartha in the standings, and sit two points back of the Clarington Eagles, the two teams they had come up short against earlier in the weekend.
It was a back-and-forth affair on Thursday night in Bowmanville, with the lead changing hand several times, as the Eagles eventually soared to a 6-4 victory.
A powerplay goal by Aiden Reilly gave Uxbridge the advantage, late in the first period. It wouldn’t last to the buzzer however, with the Eagles striking back shortly afterwards.
Clarington would open a two-goal lead through the middle frame, but it was erased with back-to-back goals by Heinle, early in the third period, that tied the game 3-3. However, the momentum would swing back the Eagles’ way, with a pair of goals shortly afterwards.
The Bruins would set up a frantic finish with the Uxbridge net empty, and just under a minute-and-a-half remaining, Joe Corrao scored to bring the black-and-gold back to within a goal. However, the Bruins comeback would stall in the final moments of the match, as the Eagles netted an empty net goal to escape with a 6-4 win.
The Bruins looked to put that result behind them on Friday night, when they returned home to the Bear Den, to tangle with the North Kawartha Knights.
After a back-and-forth scoreless first period, the Knights opened the scoring just over two minutes into the second period.
However, the Bruins would claw their way back shortly afterwards, taking the lead behind goals from Reilly and Bartholomew. The two teams would retire to the dressing room tied, following 40 minutes of play after a shorthanded goal from the visitors.
North Kawartha would ride the momentum through the final frame, scoring twice to double up the Bruins, and skate to a 4-2 victory.
Uxbridge defenceman Adam Bartholomew has now scored at least a point in each of his past seven games.
The Bruins will be looking for back-to-back wins over the Ice, with Georgina visiting the Bear Den on Friday, Nov. 11th, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up.
On Sunday afternoon, Uxbridge will make the move east on Reach Rd., to tangle with the rival Port Perry MoJacks, in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ at 2:25 p.m.