MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins will be hosting one of their signature events of the season this Friday night, Dec. 8th, when the annual Teddy Bear Toss returns to the Bear Den.
The Little Britain Merchants visit Uxbridge, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up, and the Bruins are encouraging all fans to bring along a new stuffed animal, in support of the Uxbridge Toy Drive.
When the Bruins score their first goal of the evening, fans will toss their bears, wrapped in a plastic bag, onto the ice. All collections made stay in the community, supporting Uxbridge families in need of support this holiday season.
With the rival Merchants visiting the Bear Den, Uxbridge will be looking to bounce back from a recent string that has seen the team lose 3 of their past four games.
On Thursday night, Nov. 30th, the Bruins were able to strike first, in Bowmanville against the Clarington Eagles, but ultimately fell by a final score of 4-1.
Kyle Spataro scored his first goal of the season, just over four minutes into the match, to give the Bruins an early lead, but they would surrender the tying goal, less than a minute later, followed by another Clarington strike, less than three minutes afterwards. Goals in each of the second and third period sealed the Eagles’ victory.
Back on home ice, on Friday night, the Bruins were looking to get back on track, in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ against the Port Perry MoJacks, before a raucous crowd of nearly 300 local fans.
Less than six minutes into the second period, the Bruins found themselves trailing by a score of 3-0, before Aiden Reilly was able to get Uxbridge on the scoreboard, shortly before the middle frame’s halfway mark.
Opportunity struck again for Reilly in the third period, when he slammed home a power play shot, to bring the Bruins to within a goal. However, the MoJacks would net the next goal, to restore a two-goal lead, and were able to push back against a late surge by the home side, to avenge a recent shutout loss against their rivals, and earn a 4-2 win.
For more information on the Toy Drive, including volunteer opportunities and gift ideas, please visit www.uxbridgetoydrive.com.
The Bruins wrapped up a busy weekend in Orr Division action, with a trip to Lakefield, to tangle with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Dec. 5th, after The Standard’s press deadline.
As of press time, Uxbridge is tied with the Dundas Blues for the lead, among the 63 teams across the PJHL’s eight divisions, with 163 power play opportunities.
This weekend’s action wraps up for the Bruins with a trip to Keswick, to square off against the Ice, at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 10th.
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