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Port Perry LumberJacks lose overtime thriller in season opener against the Bruins

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

SCUGOG: The Port Perry Lumberjacks opened their first Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) regular season with an overtime loss to the Uxbridge Bruins on Friday, September 16th.

The game, held at the Uxbridge arena, didn’t start the way the Lumberjacks would have hoped. Just a little over one and a half minutes into the game, the Bruins scored the first goal of the game, making it a 1-0 deficit. But, over halfway through the first period, Jacob Russouw and Kolby Fralic found themselves on a two-on-one rush up the ice, with Fralic receiving a perfect pass from Russouw and putting the puck in the net, tying the game 1-1. With two minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the period, though, and Dale Faubert in the penalty box for hooking, the Bruins scored to regain their one-goal lead.

Over 12 minutes into the second period, the LumberJacks tied the game once again, this time from a goal from Rudy Heezen. But, less than two minutes later, the Bruins found the back of the net again, sending Port Perry into the second intermission trailing 3-2.

With a bit over six minutes left in the third period, Quinn Arnott was able to find an exposed corner of the net and tucked the puck inside, tying the game 3-3 and forcing overtime.

The Lumberjacks were unable to capitalize on their chances in overtime, and, a little over two minutes into the extra frame, the Bruins would score the winning goal.

One Timers:

– The LumberJacks will continue their road trip with a game at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Clarington this Thursday, September 22nd. Puck drop is at 7:25 p.m.

– They will finish the month with a game in Lakefield against the Chiefs on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:25 p.m.

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