DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins were able to bounce back after a 7-4 loss at home to the Georgina Ice on Friday, Oct. 10, as they downed the Little Britain Merchants by a score of 3-1 the following evening.
The Bruins got off to a rough start of Friday night, with team captain Carter Vahey ejected for checking from behind just 39 seconds into the game.
The game was then delayed briefly due to an issue with the Zamboni doors, which was quickly addressed by the staff at Uxrena.
Almost six minutes into the action, with the Bruins killing a penalty, Dylan Locke intercepted a pass and raced down the boards into the offensive zone where he found Daryl Thomson powering through the middle of the ice for a shorthanded goal that gave Uxbridge an early lead.
Just over a minute later, and Uxbridge down another skater, Georgina netted a powerplay goal to tie the game.
Almost four minutes later, Jarett Smith restored the Bruins’ lead when he corralled a bouncing puck.
Bruins netminder Jake Joosten turned aside several scoring chances for Georgina early in the second to maintain a one-goal edge for Uxbridge. Then, near the mid-point of the second period, a near-miss on a two-on-one for the Ice turned around in a hurry, as Marco Mastrangelo scored at the other end of the ice, finishing off a fantastic rush, with assists to Jarett Smith and Matt Pollard.
The Bruins’ two-goal lead wouldn’t last through the second period however, as the Ice netted a pair of goals to tie the game 3-3 after 40 minutes of play.
On an early powerplay in the third period, Jordan Nesbitt stepped into a wrist shot that beat the Georgina goalie high to put Uxbridge back in the lead. But, less than three minutes later, a shorthanded goal for Georgina tied the game once again.
The tide of the game would turn with just under nine minutes to play, when Alex Siblock collided with the Georgina netminder while racing for a loose puck. Siblock would be charged with a five-minute major penalty for charging, and the Bruins would run into further penalty trouble as the Ice scored two powerplay goals to take a two-goal lead. An empty net goal for Georgina would round out the scoring in a 7-4 Bruins loss.
A change of venue the following night would result in a change of fortune for the Bruins as they went into Little Britain and walked away with a 3-1 win.
First period goals from Connor Evans and Robert ‘Reg’ Freckelton pushed the Bruins to an early lead.
Nesbitt’s powerplay goal just over nine minutes into the second period swelled the Bruins’ lead to 3-0. The Merchants would finally get on the board with a powerplay goal early in the third period, but couldn’t solve Branden Francey again as Uxbridge rebounded with a victory.
- The Clarington Eagles soar into Uxrena for the first time this season on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:45 p.m., looking to avenge a 5-1 loss to Uxbridge in Bowmanville on Sept. 27.
- On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Bruins will head down Reach St. for a 2:25 p.m. ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the Port Perry MoJacks.
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