Special to The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins have been rolling through Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Orr Division competition lately, posting a three-game winning streak, following weekend wins over the Little Britain Merchants and Georgina Ice.
Uxbridge was able to build off the momentum of last weekend’s dramatic 3-2 overtime victory, over the arch rival Port Perry MoJacks, in a Battle of North Durham. The Bruins staged a third period comeback, at the Bear Den on Friday night, Jan. 13th, to close down the Merchants by a final score of 3-1.
The two sides battled to a scoreless draw through the first period of play, with Uxbridge netminder Jake Joosten and Little Britain’s Adam Harris making several sensational saves.
Early in the second period, the Merchants grabbed the lead, when Nick Thomakos scored a powerplay goal, assisted by Aidan Renouf and Mac West.
The Merchants clung to the lead until the latter half of the third period, when Jason Simmonds levelled the score, with just over six minutes remaining. Newly acquired Cameron Moffitt registered the lone assist on the play, his first point in a Bruins uniform.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, Cristian Giorgio gave the Bruins the lead, assisted by Nick Sribny and Simmonds. And with just 15 seconds remaining, Sribny would give the Bruins an insurance marker to seal the 3-1 victory.
On Sunday, the Bruins made it three-in-a-row, with a 7-2 drubbing of the Georgina Ice in Sutton.
The Bruins raced to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period, with Damien Heinle, Aiden Reilly and Robert Freckelton all lighting the lamp for Uxbridge.
The Ice would draw to within a goal early in the middle stanza, but goals from Simon Feig and Reilly, late in the frame, gave the Bruins a 5-2 advantage, through 40 minutes of play. The third period saw the Bruins tag two goals on their total, with Derek Dolan and Freckelton scoring, to wrap up the 7-2 win.
- The Bruins continued to overhaul their roster last week, with the signing of defence man Josh Burkholder. The 21-year-old from Stouffville made his debut for the Bruins over the weekend, and registered two assists against the Ice.
- The Bruins have parted ways with forward Ryan Miehm, as well, as he focuses on other opportunities. The team expressed their appreciation for his contributions over the past three seasons, and he offered his thanks to the organization for providing a memorable junior hockey career.
- Elsewhere around the PJHL Orr Division over the weekend, the Port Perry MoJacks rebounded from a 2-1 overtime loss on home ice, to Clarington on Wednesday night, with a pair of wins. Port Perry doubled up the Ice 8-4, in Keswick on Friday night, and soared to an 8-3 win against the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena. Little Britain rallied for a dramatic 5-4 win, at home on Saturday night, against the Knights. On Thursday night, the Eagles and Lakefield Chiefs battled to a 3-3 tie, in Bowmanville.
- The Dorchester Dolphins are now the lone undefeated PJHL team, with a record of 32-0-1 in the Yeck Division. The Port Hope Panthers finally fell, following a 30-game win streak, to open the season with a 5-2 loss to the Gananoque Islanders, on Sunday night.
- This weekend, the Bruins will entertain the first-place Lakefield Chiefs, at the Bear Den, with the action getting underway at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday night, the Bruins trek to Apsley, for a match-up against North Kawartha.
- In other Orr Division action coming up this weekend, the MoJacks are in Little Britain at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, returning home on Sunday for a 2:25 p.m. matinee match-up against Clarington. The Merchants close out the weekend with a Sunday night road game against the Knights.