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Uxbridge Bruins on a four-game winning streak at the Bear Den


DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The Uxbridge Bruins have been rolling on home ice recently, having won their past four games, including a romp over Lakefield, on Friday night. However, they were tripped up again in a Battle of North Durham on Sunday afternoon, falling to the arch-rival Port Perry Lumberjacks

On Friday, October 20th, the Bruins continued to claw past the competition at home, scoring their fourth consecutive victory at the Bear Den, when they downed the Lakefield Chiefs, by a score of 8-5.

The Bruins would score early and often on Friday night, with Noah Button opening the scoring, less than a minute into the action, assisted by Josh Czalij and Quinn Meek. Travis Winder would make it 2-0 Uxbridge just over two minutes later. Before the period was over, Button would score his second of the night, to lift Uxbridge to a 3-0 lead, heading into the first intermission.

The second period saw the Uxbridge offence continue to roll, as Quinn Meek and Jake Rigillo would extend the advantage for the home side, to 5-0, before Lakefield finally broke up the shutout bid, late in the middle frame.

Uncharacteristic defensive lapses from both sides, in the third period, allowed for a very free-flowing game. While exciting for fans, it proved frustrating for both coaching staffs. The Bruins would add three more goals, with Ty Roberts scoring twice and Anthony Lamanna adding a single. However, Lakefield would light the lamp four times in the third period, but never really threatened Uxbridge’s advantage, as the Bruins prevailed by a final score of 8-5. In goal, Logan Carter turned aside 23 shots, to earn his fourth win in as many starts, to begin his junior hockey career.

On Sunday afternoon in Port Perry, the Bruins were looking to avenge a Thanksgiving weekend setback, at Scugog Arena, when they took on a Lumberjacks team, looking to get back on track, after an 8-2 defeat in Little Britain, on Saturday night. The win was the first in eight games this season for the Shopkeepers.

Once again, the Bruins’ offence would shine in the first period, as Button scored twice, with Meek adding a single, as Uxbridge took a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of action.

The Lumberjacks would tie the game early in the middle frame, but a powerplay goal, from Alex Hyde, restored a one-goal lead for the Bruins. However, it was all Port Perry from there, as the home side scored four unanswered goals, to take a 7-4 victory.

Loose Pucks:

- To great acclaim, the Bruins debuted new jerseys on Friday night.

- Former Bruins forward, Matthew Gordon is the latest player to make his way from Uxbridge to Little Britain, signing with the Merchants last week and immediately making an impact with two goals against Port Perry.

- It’s a rare Friday night road game for the Bruins, this weekend, as they hit the road to Keswick, for a 7:25 p.m. match-up against the Georgina Ice, on Friday, October 27th.

- Uxbridge wraps up back-to-back road games, on Saturday night in Little Britain, when they square off with the newly-improved Merchants, at 7:30 p.m.


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