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KAWARTHA LAKES: When the Lindsay Jr. A Muskies regular season comes to an end, later this month, it will mark the end of the Jr. A line for forward Emerson Ducasse, as he will be aging out. While Ducasse has only played one season with the Muskies, and only one season total in the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League), his road to get here has certainly been an interesting one.
The Toronto native tells me he played “A” hockey while growing up in Toronto. When he was 14 he made the move to “AA”, and at 15, when he was unable to crack the “AAA” line up in his own age group, he played Midget “AA”. Pretty standard story to that point.
Things got a little more interesting when he turned 16. He left home in Toronto to play prep school hockey, at Northwood School in Upstate New York. When he got there though he was unable to crack the line up of the top team, so he wound up playing for their development team that year. After that, he was headed to Chicago where he played prep school hockey for Lake Forest Academy, there he was able to make the top team and better showcase his skills.
I’ll let Emerson take it from here.
“Some scout saw me and thought my style of play would be perfect for Sweden, so I jumped at the opportunity and went overseas to play for Borås Hockey Club, outside of Gothenburg. Everything was free, team provided equipment from head to toe, gave me a huge 3 Bedroom 2 bathroom apartment, and drove me wherever I needed to go. We were on the ice twice a day, skills in the morning, systems at night, workouts between practices. I got to learn what it was like to be a professional hockey player, as the Junior team practiced with the pro team. I started out playing Division 1 Junior hockey, which is a very competitive level of Junior hockey, and actually got to play a couple games for the Pro team, which was awesome. They got like 5000 fans a game, and European fans are CRAZY. Erik Karlsson, Lars Eller and a couple other big time NHLers actually played for Borås HC, before they went to the NHL, so that was cool being apart of the same organization as them.
During the Christmas break I was traded to Grästorp Ice Klub, to play for their Junior Team. We ended up going 14-0 after I got there, and won everything, moving the team up to the Swedish Elit League for the next season, which is a very good league, lots of guys get drafted to the NHL from that league”, Ducasse told me, via email.
In the following summer Emerson was faced with a tough decision. Go back to Sweden for his last year of Junior hockey, or return to Canada with an eye on trying to land an NCAA scholarship. He chose to return to Canada and wound up with the Lindsay Muskies. It’s unknown yet whether that will pay off for him. He currently has an application in with Chatham University in Pittsburgh, (NCAA D3). He says there has been some interest from Ohio University, and that he has also applied to Western, and Queens.
When the season ends Ducasse plans to head back to Sweden to work in a marketing business with some former teammates from his time over there, then he plans a return to Toronto for the summer months before the next season of school and hockey begins.
Although his stay here in Lindsay has been a relatively short one he has had nothing but good things to say about the team, the town, and the fans.
“Certainly was an interesting season, don’t think any of us expected the results that we got. Coming out of it though, you have to take away the positives. Dan West has done a phenomenal job keeping the group motivated every single day, and reminding us that we play because we love the game, not because of the score. At times we pulled off huge wins, but then seemed to slip up for the next couple of games. Hockey is a game of many ups and downs, and with a season like the one we had this year; it really separates those who value the game, from those who just like to win. And that’s why we are all still here, competing every single night. The fans especially too, continued to come out and cheer us along every Friday night, which shows a lot on the character of not only the organization, but the town of Lindsay as well. I have to thank everyone involved in the organization, for allowing me with the opportunity to play Junior “A” hockey, and the loyal fans who had our backs all season long”.
There was one more thank that Emerson wanted to add, and that was to the billet family, the Jarvis’, who took him in for the first half of the season.
“Jennine and Mike and the whole family were amazing taking me in and making feel apart of the family. I really enjoyed my time there. And their kids Hunter, Devyn, Courtney, and Kamryn were so much fun to be around all the time. Again they’re a great family, miss them a lot, and I gotta thank them for everything they did for me. Thank you”.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: On paper, the Newmarket Hurricanes and Lindsay Muskies are a long way apart, but somebody forgot Muskies goaltender Blake Curran, as he turned in a strong 54 save effort, in a game that Newmarket eventually did win by a score of 2-1, in double overtime.
Throughout the first two periods the game remained scoreless. Both goaltenders, Curran for the Muskies and Kristian Hufsky for the Hurricanes, were solid when they needed to be, but Curran was the far busier of the two, making 34 saves through the first and second period.
In the third period it did not take long for the Hurricanes to break the tie. Just 22 seconds in it was Alex Ierullo who finished a nice two on one down low, putting the puck through Curran’s legs. Owen Ramsey and Claudio De Gasperis picked up the assists. The Muskies kept on pressing though, and at 8:30, Noah Dollo took a nice drop pass from Joey Campbell to tie the game up at 1-1. The goal was Dollo’s, team leading, 18th of the year. Owen Barnett picked up the other assist.
Throughout the final moments of the game Curran was called on to make a number of big stops, to get the game to overtime and earn the Muskies at least a point.
The four on four overtime settled nothing, but at the 39 second mark of the three on three, Nicholas Cirone scored from Ramsay to earn the extra point for Newmarket.
The Lindsay Muskies grabbed three of four possible points over the weekend, as Noah Dollo scored a pair, to help lift the Lindsay Muskies over the Stouffville Spirit by a score of 5-3, Saturday night in Stouffville.
The night didn’t get off to a great start though, as Stouffville took the lead with the only goal of the first period. Anthony Stavrou scored it at 11:32, from Danial Bazarin.
Stouffville was coming off an 8-1 defeat Friday night, at the hands of Aurora, while the Muskies had lost a 2-1 double overtime game against Newmarket. After the Friday night match, some Muskies players had hoped their strong effort would carry over, and in the second period they started to get some results.
Noah Dollo, who has led the team in points for a good portion of the year, picked up his team leading 19th, and 20th goals in the second, to give the Muskies a 2-1 lead. Erich Roeder and Brendan Tomilson assisted on the first goal at 1:46, then at 17:42, Roeder and Joey Campbell helped set up the go ahead goal.
In the third period, Ben Sellar's 7th goal of the year gave Lindsay a 3-1 lead, at the 1:44 mark, when he picked up a short handed goal, assisted by Ethan Ramsden. Before the Muskies could get too comfortable though, the Spirit power play clicked at 2:14, when Beau Binnie scored from Ashton Reesor. Lindsay veteran defenseman, Owen Barnett restored the two goal cushion with his 6th of the year, at 4:41, when he scored from Jake Dale and Clay Coles. But, Binnie’s second of the period got Stouffville back into the game with a score of 4-3, from Reesor at 7:42. Tonight was the Muskies night though, as the Spirit was unable to get the equalizer past Blake Curran, who made 35 saves for the victory. Ethan Ramsden’s 3rd of the season, into an empty net from Emerson Ducasse and Noah Vandervinne, at 19:19, sealed the deal.
The Muskies now have some time to reflect on a successful weekend, while they prepare to host Cobourg on Friday night.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have taken a three-games-to-none stranglehold in their first round series against the Georgina Ice.
The MoJacks opened the series against the Ice at Scugog Arena, on Wednesday, February 7th.
Six minutes in, the Ice scored the first goal of the game, giving them a 1-0 lead. But, with less than three minutes remaining in the first period, on a MoJack power play, Graham Lamers sniped a shot past the Ice’s goaltender to tie the game 1-1.
Almost nine minutes into the second frame, Luke Wyatt scored, giving Port Perry a 2-1 lead. Shortly after, Mitch Gustavsen scored, giving Port Perry a two-goal cushion. With less than three minutes to go in the period, Jeff Gauld found a loose puck and put it in the back of the net, extending Port Perry’s lead to 4-1.
Less than a minute into the third frame, the Ice scored, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 4-2. But, Port Perry answered. Over five minutes in, Jordan McCullough received a great pass from Owen Hurtibese and scored. Lamers and Gustavsen each later scored their second goal of the game to give the MoJacks a 7-2 win.
The MoJacks continued to roll, during game two of the series, in Georgina on Friday, Feb. 9th, winning the game 10-3. Austin Mackie had a hat trick, and Gustavsen scored two goals in the MoJacks game two victory. Other MoJack goal scorers in the game were Brady Martin, Liam Schweda, Lamers, Gauld, and Kody Fruhner.
The MoJacks’ offense remained potent, when the series returned to Scugog Arena for game three, on Sunday, Feb. 11th.
Less than two and a half minutes in, Lamers scored the first goal of the game, giving Port Perry a 1-0 lead. Then, almost seven minutes in, on a MoJack power play, Mackie’s first shot was stopped, but the puck came back to him and he scored. About halfway through the period, Lamers finished off a beautiful passing play, between Gauld and Schweda, scoring his second goal of the game. The MoJacks had a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Over two minutes into the second period, Lamers scored his hat trick goal. Then, over halfway through the period, Lamers lit the lamp again, and Port Perry had a 5-0 lead. With less than six and a half minutes remaining in the second frame, Brady Martin scored, and the MoJacks had a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Just over three minutes into the third, the MoJacks’ Matt Doucette and Georgina’s Spencer Waters got into a fight in front of the MoJacks’ net. 37 seconds later, Lamers scored his fifth goal of the game, on a Port Perry power play. Then, over eight minutes in, Gustavsen lit the lamp. The MoJacks would strike four more times in the period, with goals from Martin, Hurtibese, Mackie and Josh Dickson, and won the game 12-0. Shawn Mabley made 21 saves for the shutout.
“[Mabley] was good and he made saves when he needed to make saves. We need him to continue to play like that as we continue to go on here,” MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb said after the game.
MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle told The Standard that the difference in the series has been discipline.
“Our boys have been disciplined and [the Ice] haven’t. They’ve been taking penalties and we’ve been scoring goals [on the power play],” he said.
The MoJacks played game 4 of the series in Georgina, on Tuesday, February 13th, past The Standard’s press deadline.
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TYKE: Herrington’s Quality Butchers beat out Canadian Tire, 14-0. Scoring for Herrington’s Quality Butchers were Jackson Powell (11), Nathan Fraser (2) and Jaden Reid. Assisting were Fraser (2), Lucah Depooter and Reid.
Hunter Sports Photography won against W.O. Insurance, 6-0. Hunter Sports Photography’s Bradley Cloutier (4), Liam Marrison and Blake Morden scored, with an assist from Aaron Smurthwaite.
NOVICE: Krown Rust Control beat out Unifor Local 1090, 6-0. Krown Rust Control had goals from Joel Morrow (3), Lyla Buchanan (2) and Ethan Binns. Binns also made one assist.
J.F. Construction won against Scugog House Cleaners, 8-3. J.F. Construction’s Samuel Baxter (3), Liam Shisko (3), Logan Edgerton and Charlie Langford scored, and Shisko made one assist. Scugog House Cleaners had goals from Carter Scott (2) and Ryan White.
ATOM: Low & Low Funeral Directors beat Bucks Construx, 13-0. Low & Low Funeral Directors goals were by Ryan Vernon (4), Jessi Stokes (3), Cohen Cabral (3), Logan Noakes Sully Vaughan and Jamie Stokes. Assisting were Vernon and Vaughan.
Port Perry Dental Associates took the win against Eco Water Systems, 3-2. Scoring for Port Perry Dental Associates were James Leith (2) and Oliver Worona, with an assist from Ethan Sneath. Eco Water System’s goals were from Nolan Keith (2).
PEEWEE / BANTAM: All Flags Auto Service earned the win over Cochrane Tree Service, 6-3. Tyler Malarczuk (3), Dylan Grant (2) and Brooklyn Pall scored for All Flags Auto Service, with Grant earning one assist as well. Lucas Braband (3) came up with a hat trick for Cochrane Tree Service.
Mondo Hair Salon and Goble Transport tied, 5-5. Mondo Hair Salon’s Nathan Watson (4) and Kaine Richardson scored. Goble Transport’s goal scorers were Cole Casserly (2), Tyler Moore, Adam Goble and Leah Seeney, with an assist from Goble.
MIDGET: The Comfort Shoppe won against Urban Landscape Solutions, 11-1. The Comfort Shoppe’s Cameron Barkey (4), Corey VanCamp (3), Jake Buchanan (2), Benjamin Sargent and Katie Brown scored with Sargent (2), Brown and Hannah Buchanan assisting. Urban Landscape Solution’s Mari McDowell scored the solo point.
Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz beat out Luchka Float Service, 5-4. Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz had goals from Aidan Braband (3) and Lane Horton (2), with Horton also making one assist. Robbie Boadway (2), Leam Maisonneuve and Cael Williams scored for Luchka Float Service. Jordan Jolicoeur made one assist.
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UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins clawed their way to back-to-back home ice wins over the Clarington Eagles, passing their rivals from East Durham for third place, in the Orr Division standings, and a playoff bye to the division’s semi-finals.
The final week of the regular season started a rare Tuesday night match at the Bear Den, a game that was postponed earlier in the month due to inclement weather.
The Bruins continued their strong play of late, posting their third consecutive victory, downing the Eagles 3-1.
After a scoreless opening period, Michael Rennie broke the deadlock, just over five minutes into the 2nd period, to give the Bruins a 1-0 advantage.
Just past the midpoint of the middle frame, Kyle Spataro netted the eventual game winner to put Uxbridge ahead 2-0.
The Eagles would finally beat Ryan McConkey early in the 3rd period, but he was sensational down the stretch, turning aside several quality chances for Clarington. A powerplay goal by Derek Dolan in the 3rd period sealed Uxbridge's 3-1 win.
The Bruins saved the best for last tonight at the Bear Den in their regular season finale vs the Clarington Eagles in a match to decide 3rd place in the Orr Division.
Over the course of a back-and-forth affair, the Bruins battled back throughout the night, rallying from a goal-down, twice, to force overtime before finally taking the lead, with just over two minutes left in overtime, on a blast by captain Adam Bartholomew.
Aiden Reilly and Cameron Moffitt also scored for Uxbridge, while McConkey turned aside 39 shots for his 16th win of the season.
Following Friday night’s game, Bruins Head Coach, Rob Acton praised the collective effort of his team during their recent run of success.
“This is a great group that’s determined to win and willing to sacrifice to achieve those common goals,” Acton explained.
As well, Acton credited the work of his father Keith, a former NHL player and Assistant Coach, who was officially added to the staff last week, for his guidance on both sides of the bench.
“He deserves a lot of credit. Having his influence on the bench is a huge part of our success. He’s been great with the players, as well as a calming influence for me at times. I’ve loved every minute of it.”
The Bruins picked up their final two points of the season, officially allowing them to pass the Eagles 54-52, after a Saturday night forfeit by the Little Britain Merchants. The team announced, earlier in the week, they would be suspending operations for the remainder of the season, using the opportunity to begin rebuilding for the 2018-19 campaign.
The Bruins were able to take the playoff bye, after the second-place Port Perry MoJacks opted to play the Georgina Ice in seven-game series.
In the other quarterfinal series, the Eagles will tangle with the fifth-place North Kawartha Knights. Both series got underway this week, and must be completed by Sunday, February 18th.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks finished the regular season on a high note, on Sunday, February 4th, defeating the Georgina Ice 9-3
The game, held at Scugog Arena, offered those in the stands a preview of the first round of the playoffs, as Port Perry will face Georgina in round one.
A bit over five minutes into the first period, Ian Elkins scored, giving Port Perry the first lead of the game. Just over three minutes later, Derek Risebrough put the puck in the back of the net, to give Port Perry a two-goal lead.
Then, a little over two and a half minutes into the second frame, Bailey Nesbitt scored his first goal as a MoJack, in his first game with the team, stretching Port Perry’s lead to 3-0.
Almost seven and a half minutes in, the Ice scored, but, just over a minute after that, Austin Mackie restored the MoJacks’ three-goal lead. Over 13 minutes into the period, the Ice again found the back of the net, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 4-2. But, with just under four minutes left in the second period, Risebrough found himself on a breakaway and scored his second goal of the game. Before the period was finished, Graham Lamers received a great pass from Mitch Gustavsen and fired a shot past the Ice’s goaltender, and Port Perry had a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Over six minutes into the third period, the Ice picked up a shorthanded goal, cutting Port Perry’s lead to 6-3. However, over a minute later, Gustavsen rifled a shot past the Ice’s goaltender. Port Perry got two power play goals late in the period, from Liam Schweda and Lamers, and won the game by a final score of 9-3.
Lamers’ power play goal was his 40th goal of the season.
The MoJacks finished the season in second place in the Orr division. They decided not to take a bye in the first round of the playoffs and instead will play Georgina in round 1.
MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said the team decided to play in the first round so they could “stay sharp” throughout the playoffs.
“Last year we took the first round off, and myself and some of the players felt that we got out of our mojo, out of our rhythm. When you are a hockey player, you want to keep playing, so this year we decided we would not take the bye and would play in the first round, so we can just keep the ball rolling,” he said.
Boyle also said he is “feeling confident” Port Perry should win the series against Georgina.
The MoJacks will open their series against the Ice, on Wednesday, February 7th, at Scugog Arena. Puck drop is 8:20 p.m. Game two will be held in Georgina, on Friday, February 9th, at 7:30 p.m. The series will return to Scugog Arena, on Sunday, February 11th, at 2:25 p.m. Game 4 will be held in Georgina, on Tuesday, February 13th. Game 5, if necessary, will be, on Wednesday, February 14th, at Scugog Arena. Start times could change, so for the full playoff schedule, go online to ohaportperry.pointstreaksites.com/view/ohaportperry, or check out the Port Perry MoJacks on Twitter.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies scored first and last, but overall the Whitby Fury were just too much for them to handle, on Friday night, as they skated to a 7-2 victory.
Whitby thought they had the opening goal, just 13 seconds in, but the referee waved the goal off, as the next was off it’s moorings. The reprieve allowed the Muskies to grab an early lead, when Erich Roeder scored his 12th goal of the year from Noah Dollo, at the 6:42 mark. The Fury were able to turn the tide though, with a pair of goals just 19 seconds apart. Shane Bull scored his first of two on the night, at 12:57, then Matt Latin made it 2-1, at 13:16, with the assists going to Rory Milne and Ryan Bazzana.
Whitby led off the second period, with a goal at the 1:20 mark, when Greg Smith beat Muskies net minder Blake Curran, from Milne, and Shane Bull’s second of the game made it 4-1 at 9:04. At that point, it was apparent that the next goal would be huge. The Muskies pressed for it, but a long slap shot went into the Muskies goal, at 19:59, to make it 5-1 heading into the second intermission. That goal went to Noah Bull from Patrick Demaio.
In the third it was Maxim Clouser making his debut in front of the Muskie fans, but the Fury came right at him, as they had at Curran earlier. Jason Stachelbeck scored from Shane Bull, just 47 seconds in. Rory Milne made it 7-1, at 2:54, from Latin and Smith. Braydon Leeking rounded out the scoring for the Muskies, when his hard work in front of the net ended up with him shoveling the puck past Luke Pearson in the Whitby goal. The goal was Leeking’s 15th of the season. Roeder and Dollo picked up the assists on that goal, which came at 4:42.
After the game Head Coach didn’t have much to say, other than to praise the Whitby squad, who he said came at the Muskies hard, outworking them throughout the evening.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks’ offense powered them to back-to-back wins over the weekend.
After defeating the Little Britain Merchants 15-0, on Saturday, January 27th, the MoJacks continued their winning ways against the North Kawartha Knights, on Sunday, January 28th.
It didn’t take the MoJacks long to get on the board in Sunday’s game. Just less than two minutes in, Mitch Gustavsen scored a power play goal. Less than seven minutes later, Graham Lamers put the puck in the back of the net, giving the MoJacks a two-goal lead. Then, with a bit over seven and a half minutes remaining in the period, Gustavsen made a brilliant deke, to get around a Knights defenceman, and then scored his second goal of the game. 42 seconds later, Jeff Gauld scored off of a rebound, giving Port Perry a 4-0 lead.
However, with just 53.7 seconds left in the first frame, the Knights lit the lamp and the period ended with a score of 4-1 for the MoJacks.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Luke Wyatt scored, giving Port Perry a 5-1 lead. But, with five minutes remaining in the interval, North Kawartha scored. However, the MoJacks answered back. With 33.6 seconds left on the clock, Spencer Robinson put a shot through the legs of North Kawartha's goaltender, Luke Miller, into the back of the net. The period ended with a score of 6-2.
Sloppy play in the third frame allowed the Knights to get back in the game. Over six and a half minutes in, the Knights scored on a breakaway, to cut the MoJacks’ lead to 6-3. Then, with less than six minutes left in the game, the Knights again lit the lamp, cutting the lead to 6-4.
The Knights were forced to make a goalie change, with just over five minutes left on the clock, as goaltender Miller was assessed a five-minute penalty for kicking a player.
A minute later, the Knights were awarded a penalty shot, but Knights' forward Jesse Douglas was denied by MoJacks goaltender Corey Kuypers to keep the score at 6-4.
The MoJacks scored three times on a five-minute power play, including two goals from Lamers and one from Jordan McCullough, winning the game by a final score of 9-4.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb said the team was off their game a bit against North Kawartha.
“You kind of get games like that after a 15-0 win. We were a little sloppy and we got a couple goals when it mattered, but we need to be a lot better than that moving down the stretch and into the playoffs,” he said. “We were tired, we were a little slow, and we were turning it over.”
The MoJacks' next game is against the Clarington Eagles, on Thursday, Feb. 1st, at the Garnet B. Rickard Rec Complex. Puck drop for that game is 7:20 p.m.
They will then wrap up their regular season schedule, at Scugog Arena, on Sunday, February 4th, with a matchup against the Georgina Ice. That game will begin at 2:25 p.m.
MARLO STANFIELD The Standard
Ending a busy week that saw the Uxbridge Bruins bring in former NHL Assistant Coach and player Keith Acton as an assistant coach, as well as add a pair of players to the lineup, the Bruins posted back-to-back wins.
In the penultimate weekend, of the Orr Division’s regular season, the Bruins doubled up Little Britain 6-3, at the Bear Den the night of Friday, January 26th. Then, on Saturday night in Apsley, they came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, to score a 4-3 overtime win over the North Kawartha Knights.
On Thursday, January 25th, the Bruins announced they had added, longtime NHL coach and player, Keith Acton to the bench staff, where his son Rob Acton is currently in the midst of his rookie campaign as Head Coach.
The elder Acton, a Stouffville native, starred for the Peterborough Petes in the late-1970’s, prior to being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. Over the course of a 15-year career, he would suit up for the Habs, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. Hired as an assistant coach by the Flyers after being retired, Acton would spend a further 16 years behind the NHL benches, including a nine-season stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2001 until 2011.
The Bruins also looked to bolster their lineup last week, by adding veteran defenceman Adrian Addante, from the Georgina Ice, and 6’3” forward Hunter Smoke, from the Caledon Golden Hawks.
On Friday night at the Bear Den the Bruins had built a 3-0 early in the second period, behind goals from Noah Dinghy, Aiden Reilly and Travis Buxcey, before the Merchants broke up the potential shutout.
Just past the midpoint, Damien Heinle scored to restore a three-goal lead for the Bruins. However, around five minutes later, Heinle was slammed into the boards in front of the lobby and required medical attention. The game was paused as paramedics to arrived, and Heinle was stretchered out for further evaluation. He was later released from hospital, following a series of tests.
The teams would trade goals in the third period with Michael Rennie and Daniel Wu scoring for Uxbridge in the 6-3 win.
The Bruins needed overtime to complete their comeback the following night, skating to a 4-3 win over the North Kawartha Knights in Apsley.
A powerplay goal by Cameron Moffitt, with less than a minute to play in the 1st period, cut the North Kawartha lead to 2-1.
The teams traded second period goals, with Simon Fieg scoring a powerplay goal for Uxbridge, and after 40 minutes the Knights held a 3-2 lead.
The Uxbridge powerplay struck again, early in the 3rd period, as Robert Freckelton scored, 42 seconds into the action, to tie the game 3-3.
Just 22 seconds into overtime, Aiden Reilly pounced on a loose puck and fired past the blocker of the North Kawartha netminder, to seal the comeback victory for Uxbridge.
Heading into the final weekend of the PJHL Orr Division season, the Bruins are near-certain to finish in fourth place in the table. Trailing the third-place Clarington Eagles by five points, the Bruins would need to win both head-to-head games at the Bear Den this week, but would also need the Port Perry MoJacks to win on Thursday evening in Bowmanville, to finish in the third spot.
As mentioned above, the Bruins hosted the Eagles, in a rare Tuesday night match-up on Jan. 30th, following a weather-related postponement earlier this month.
On Friday night, the Eagles and Bruins renew hostilities, at the Bear Den, starting at 7:45 p.m.
The Bruins wrap up the regular season, on Saturday night, in Little Britain, possibly wrapping up a winless season for the Merchants.
CRAIG SCHROTER The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies got off to a better start in this match but Cobourg went five for five on the power play while picking up a 7-3 victory.
The Muskies grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 8 minute mark when Tyler Challis notched his 1st OJHL goal. The goal was assisted by Greg Arnburg. The Cougars struck back on a power play though at 16:32, when George Miranda scored from Connor MacEachern and Matthew Bumstead.
Brendan Tomilson’s 2nd goal of the season put the Fish in front again 3:59, of the second period. Joey Campbell got the first assist while the other went to Challis. That goal prompted Cobourg’s Head Coach Jerome Dupont to make a change in goal pulling Jorgen Johnson, in favour of Elliot Gerth. Before the period ended, though disaster struck the Muskies as they were handed two penalties in quick succession. The Cougars power play made them pay. Miranda’s 2nd of the game tied the score at 16:02, from Mac Lowry and Bryce Martin, then just 25 seconds later while still on the man advantage Lowry gave the Cougars a lead from Martin and MacEachern. That was how the second period would end.
A late Muskies penalty in the second meant that the Cougars would start the third with a man advantage, and once again they took advantage when Martin scored just 57 seconds in from MacEachern to make the lead 4-2. At 5:15, Jacob Ball scored for the Cougars to open a three goal lead. Jacob Black and Brodie McDougall were awarded the helpers. The Cougars power play was on fire and when given another opportunity MacEachern scored from Ryan Porter and Miranda at the 7:20 point of the period. The Muskies were able to get that one right back though when Braydon Leeking’s 14th of the year made the score 6-3 at 7:49, from Cam Robinson and Cam Supryka. The Cougars had one more goal in them and it went to Ethan Doyle at 17:25. McDougall picked up the lone assist.
Maxim Clouser made 49 saves while taking the loss in goal.
The next match for the Muskies is Friday night when they host Whitby.