Special to The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins came away with a weekend split, skating to a 6-1 win over Little Britain on Saturday night, to bounce back from a 4-1 loss against Lakefield, at home on Friday.
A late goal by Damien Heinle broke up a potential shutout for the Chiefs, on Friday night at the Bear Den. The Bruins were able to keep pace for much of the game, but Lakefield was better able to capitalize on their opportunities, despite Uxbridge outshooting the opposition by a margin of 37-31.
Prior to the game, the Bruins goaltender was recognized as the Division’s Goaltender of the Month, by convenor Liz Basinger, and proved deserving of the praise throughout the evening, making several acrobatic saves.
The following night, the Bruins found themselves back in the win column, with a 6-1 victory in Little Britain. As was the case last Friday night in Uxbridge, the teams traded chances throughout a very competitive opening period. Kieran Beaudoin converted a pass from Robert Freckelton, just past the halfway point of the first, while Blake Abbott would reply for the Merchants, just over three minutes later, to even the score a 1-1.
Three third period goals pushed the Bruins to a commanding lead through 40 minutes, with Carson Bell, Heinle and Cole Bremner all lighting the lamp for Uxbridge. The third period saw Beaudoin and Cameron Moffitt round out the scoring, as Jake Joosten stopped 43 shots in net for the Bruins.
After a busy weekend around the division, the Bruins maintained their mark of second-place in the table. Just four points separate the Clarington Eagles in first place and the North Kawartha Knights in fifth position. With at least two games in hand on all other teams, Lakefield is holding down third-place, with a one-point margin over the Port Perry MoJacks.
- The Bruins hosted the Georgina Ice in the lone Tuesday night contest of the season, at the Bear Den earlier this week; after The Standard’s press deadline.
- Bremner’s blast from the point, against the Merchants, was his first career goal with the Bruins.
- The lone match of the weekend is likely to have first place in the table on the line, when the Clarington Eagles visit Uxbridge for a 7:45 p.m. match-up.