MARLO STANFIELD The Standard
Ending a busy week that saw the Uxbridge Bruins bring in former NHL Assistant Coach and player Keith Acton as an assistant coach, as well as add a pair of players to the lineup, the Bruins posted back-to-back wins.
In the penultimate weekend, of the Orr Division’s regular season, the Bruins doubled up Little Britain 6-3, at the Bear Den the night of Friday, January 26th. Then, on Saturday night in Apsley, they came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, to score a 4-3 overtime win over the North Kawartha Knights.
On Thursday, January 25th, the Bruins announced they had added, longtime NHL coach and player, Keith Acton to the bench staff, where his son Rob Acton is currently in the midst of his rookie campaign as Head Coach.
The elder Acton, a Stouffville native, starred for the Peterborough Petes in the late-1970’s, prior to being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. Over the course of a 15-year career, he would suit up for the Habs, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. Hired as an assistant coach by the Flyers after being retired, Acton would spend a further 16 years behind the NHL benches, including a nine-season stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2001 until 2011.
The Bruins also looked to bolster their lineup last week, by adding veteran defenceman Adrian Addante, from the Georgina Ice, and 6’3” forward Hunter Smoke, from the Caledon Golden Hawks.
On Friday night at the Bear Den the Bruins had built a 3-0 early in the second period, behind goals from Noah Dinghy, Aiden Reilly and Travis Buxcey, before the Merchants broke up the potential shutout.
Just past the midpoint, Damien Heinle scored to restore a three-goal lead for the Bruins. However, around five minutes later, Heinle was slammed into the boards in front of the lobby and required medical attention. The game was paused as paramedics to arrived, and Heinle was stretchered out for further evaluation. He was later released from hospital, following a series of tests.
The teams would trade goals in the third period with Michael Rennie and Daniel Wu scoring for Uxbridge in the 6-3 win.
The Bruins needed overtime to complete their comeback the following night, skating to a 4-3 win over the North Kawartha Knights in Apsley.
A powerplay goal by Cameron Moffitt, with less than a minute to play in the 1st period, cut the North Kawartha lead to 2-1.
The teams traded second period goals, with Simon Fieg scoring a powerplay goal for Uxbridge, and after 40 minutes the Knights held a 3-2 lead.
The Uxbridge powerplay struck again, early in the 3rd period, as Robert Freckelton scored, 42 seconds into the action, to tie the game 3-3.
Just 22 seconds into overtime, Aiden Reilly pounced on a loose puck and fired past the blocker of the North Kawartha netminder, to seal the comeback victory for Uxbridge.
Heading into the final weekend of the PJHL Orr Division season, the Bruins are near-certain to finish in fourth place in the table. Trailing the third-place Clarington Eagles by five points, the Bruins would need to win both head-to-head games at the Bear Den this week, but would also need the Port Perry MoJacks to win on Thursday evening in Bowmanville, to finish in the third spot.
As mentioned above, the Bruins hosted the Eagles, in a rare Tuesday night match-up on Jan. 30th, following a weather-related postponement earlier this month.
On Friday night, the Eagles and Bruins renew hostilities, at the Bear Den, starting at 7:45 p.m.
The Bruins wrap up the regular season, on Saturday night, in Little Britain, possibly wrapping up a winless season for the Merchants.
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