UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins snapped out of their recent six-game losing streak in spectacular fashion, on Sunday afternoon in Port Perry, needing overtime to take down the rival MoJacks by a final score of 5-4.
After dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Georgina Ice, at the Bear Den on Friday, January 5th, the Bruins came into Sunday’s game in danger of falling further out of the mix for a top-three place in the standings, trailing the Clarington Eagles by four points.
The Bruins took control of the game early, and by the mid-point of the first period had pushed themselves to a 2-0 advantage. But, before the end of the frame, Matthew Doucette had scored for the MoJacks to cut the Uxbridge lead in half.
Before the midpoint of the second period the Bruins had built a three-goal lead.
Travis Buxcey scored, just over two minutes into the action, as a Port Perry penalty was expiring. With just over nine minutes played, Cameron Moffitt picked up a loose puck in front of the Uxbridge net, and skated the length of the ice, weaving between two MoJacks defenders, before beating MoJacks goalie Corey Kuypers high on the blocker side. Late in the frame though, the MoJacks kicked off their comeback, with power play goals from Spencer Robinson and Kody Fruhner, bringing the home side to within one.
In the third period, a late Bruins penalty would prove costly, as Fruhner notched his second of the afternoon, with just over a minute remaining, to force overtime.
Simon Fieg ended the action, just over a minute into the extra frame, when he pounced on an attempted pass at the MoJacks’ blue line and slithered around a Port Perry defender before beating Kuypers’ blocker, to give the Bruins a season-sweep of the MoJacks at Scugog Arena.
As has become common, Ryan McConkey was sensational in goal for the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. The second-year netminder turned aside 53 of the 57 shots fired at him by Port Perry.
Aiden Reilly had the lone goal for Uxbridge in their Friday night over time loss to the Ice. The Bruins kept Georgina goalie Jacob Lebel busy throughout the evening, firing 59 shots on goal.
The Bruins will look to claw their way past the Clarington Eagles at the Bear Den, on Friday, January 12th at 7:45 p.m., in a game with enormous implications for next month’s Orr Division playoffs, with Clarington closing out this past weekend two points ahead of Uxbridge, for third-place in the standings.
On Sunday, January 14th the Bruins head to Sutton for a 3:30 p.m. matinee match-up with the Georgina Ice.
Fieg’s overtime winner was his team-leading 20th goal of the season.
Reilly leads all Bruins scorers with 35 points (19 goals and 16 assists).