Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Facing off against a pair of bitter rivals, the Uxbridge Bruins extended their recent winning streak to four straight games, over the weekend, posting hard-fought wins over the Clarington Eagles and Port Perry MoJacks.
In a tightly contested affair against the Eagles, at the Bear Den on Friday, Nov. 10th, the Bruins prevailed by a final score of 3-2.
Michael Rennie had the lone goal of the 1st period, but the Eagles would soar back to tie the game after 40 minutes.
Just 13 seconds into the 3rd period, a powerplay goal by Robert Freckelton put Uxbridge ahead for good. Just past the halfway point of the third period, Kieran Beaudoin extended Uxbridge’s lead to 3-1.
A late powerplay goal by the Eagles drew the visitors within one, but they couldn't get anything past Ryan McConkey, as he stopped 42 of 44 shots for his fifth straight win. The Bruins downed the Eagles by a final score of 3-2.
The Bruins followed up their strong effort with another stellar showing, on Sunday afternoon in Port Perry, as they scored a divisive win in the Battle of North Durham, with a 3-0 shutout against the archrival MoJacks.
Port Perry came into the game riding an eight-game winning streak, but they were no match for the sensational goaltending of Ryan McConkey. The second-year netminder stopped all 41 shots, en-route to his sixth consecutive win.
Uxbridge netted goals in all three periods, with Carson Bell lighting the lamp in the first, Cristian Giorgio scoring a power play goal, late in the second, and Matthew Hunter putting the match away, with a shorthanded goal in the final frame.
One of the changes in Sunday’s match was a marked difference from the Bruins, following a hotly-contested first period that featured plenty of bad blood between the rival teams.
“We addressed that after the first period, and asked why we’re wasting our energy after the whistle. If you’re going to waste your energy; do it going hard to the net and trying to score a goal,” explained Bruins head coach Rob Acton.
Acton also praised the recent efforts of Uxbridge’s goaltending tandem of McConkey and Jake Joosten.
“As a player, you’re always more confident when you know that your goaltender is going to be there to bail you out,” added Acton. “We’re very lucky to have two excellent options in net.”
- The Bruins wish to thank all of those involved with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 for helping to put together the Remembrance Day ceremony prior to Friday night’s game.
- Exclusive Bruins highlights and other content is available on-line by liking the team’s Facebook page.
- This weekend, the Bruins have just one game. They will host the Georgina Ice at the Bear Den on Friday night, with the action getting underway at 7:45 p.m.
- Be sure to look for the Bruins in this weekend’s 57th annual Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade, starting at the Arena at 11 a.m., and ending approximately an hour later at Uxbridge Secondary School.