Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins continued to roar past their competition, early in the Provincial Junior Hockey League season, extending their recent winning streak to three games, following weekend wins over North Kawartha and Little Britain.
With a full week to prepare, the Bruins came out flying against the previously undefeated and Orr Division-leading North Kawartha Knights, at The Den on Friday night.
With fans still filing into Uxbridge Arena, Robert Freckelton opened the scoring, just 39 seconds into the action, when he slammed home a rebound from Aiden Reilly’s breakaway attempt. Daniel Wu and Michael Rennie padded the Bruins lead late in the frame, and after 20 minutes of play, the Bruins held a 3-0 lead.
Freckelton’s second of the night, just over four minutes into the second period, closed out the Uxbridge offence, in a 4-1 win, with the Knights netting the lone goal of the third period. Ryan McConkey was stellar in net for the Bruins, picking up the win, after turning aside 30 of the 31 shots fired at him.
The following night, the Bruins traveled to Little Britain, looking to play spoiler for the Merchants’ home opener.
The two sides would trade goals in the opening period, with Max Field giving the home side and early lead, only for Uxbridge’s Reilly to reply on the powerplay, just over five minutes later. The Merchants wrangled the lead back, with less than two minutes to play in the first period, only to see Reilly net the equalizer, with just seven seconds remaining on the clock.
Buoyed by a raucous home crowd on a Saturday night, the Merchants struck back early in the middle frame, with Webber restoring Little Britain’s lead. However, a powerplay goal, from Bruins blueliner Adam Bartholomew, left the teams deadlocked 3-3 through 40 minutes of action.
The third period saw the Bruins take control of the match, after a powerplay goal from Cameron Moffitt, and moments later, a marker from Carson Bell. An empty net goal from Freckelton sealed the Bruins’ win, as they doubled up the Merchants by a final margin of 6-3.
- The Bruins debuted a new look, on Saturday night in Little Britain, as they officially unveiled their new black sweaters.
- This Thursday, Oct. 5th, the Bruins will travel to Bowmanville, for their first meeting of the season against the Clarington Eagles. The action gets underway at 7:20 p.m.
- On Friday night, the Bruins and Merchants will renew hostilities, for a rematch at Uxbridge Arena, with the opening face-off slated for 7:45 p.m.