Special to The Standard
The Uxbridge Bruins continued to roll through the Orr Division over the weekend, scoring wins over the Little Britain Merchants and North Kawartha Knights, to extend their recent unbeaten streak to 10 games.
On Friday night, January 25th, at the Bear Den, the Bruins were looking to avenge their most recent defeat, a 4-3 Little Britain win, on December 21st, with the rival Merchants in town.
The Bruins built a 2-0 lead in the first period, on goals from Bennett Britton and Aiden Reilly, shorthanded with Cameron Moffitt and Britton assisting. A power play goal late in the opening frame would draw the Merchants to within one.
Just 28 seconds into the second period, a power play goal, by Toby Cooper, restored a two-goal advantage for the Bruins. However, the Merchants battled back to tie the game, just past the midpoint of the second period.
The Uxbridge power play continued to click, with Adam Turner notching the eventual game-winning goal, with just under five minutes to play in the second period.
The teams showed plenty of bad blood throughout a rough-and-tumble third period, but the Merchants were unable to solve Uxbridge goalie Ryan McConkey, as he turned aside 20 shots over the course of the evening.
On Saturday night, the Bruins were back in action, as they trekked to Apsley, for a match-up with the North Kawartha Knights.
Just over six minutes into the game, the Bruins had built a 2-0 lead, behind an unassisted powerplay marker by Jackson Savery and a goal from Robert Freckelton, assisted by Michael Rennie.
The lead would not last though, as the Knights scored late in the first and then again in the third period, to send the game to overtime.
The extra frame saw plenty of exciting back-and-forth play, with several sensational saves by both goaltenders. Cole Bremner would play the hero for Uxbridge, when he converted a pass from Savery, with just 41 seconds to play, to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory.
McConkey continued his strong play, stopping 31 shots, to earn his Orr Division-leading 19th win of the season in net for Uxbridge.
The weekend wins have moved the Bruins, as of The Standard’s press deadline, into first place in the Orr Division standings with 58 points. Lakefield sits two points behind, with North Kawartha lurking three points out of top spot.
The Bruins have a busy weekend ahead of them. First, they travel to Bowmanville, on Thursday, January 31st, looking to soar over the Clarington Eagles, in a 7:20 p.m. tilt.
On Friday night, the Bruins host the first half of a home-and-home Battle of North Durham, with the Port Perry MoJacks visiting the Bear Den, for a 7:45 p.m. match-up. The rival sides will renew hostilities on Sunday afternoon, at Scugog Arena, starting at 2:25 p.m.
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