DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
With nearly a quarter of the 2015-16 COJHL season in the books, the Uxbridge Bruins find themselves in familiar territory atop the COJHL standings after posting three consecutive wins last week.
After opening the week with a 4-2 win over the Chiefs in Lakefield on Tuesday night behind goals from Wes Cowie, Daryl Thomson, Adam Bartholomew and Marco Mastrangelo, the Bruins were back on home ice on Friday, Oct. 9 to take on Little Britain.
The Bruins continued to roll, as they avenged their loss to the Merchants the previous Saturday night by shoplifting two points from a 7-5 victory.
Mitch Brown opened the scoring with a powerplay goal for the Merchants, but Cowie would reply to
deadlock the teams through 20 minutes of action.
Goals just 38 seconds apart from Aiden Renouf and Keegan Cairns gave the Merchants a 3-1 lead just before the midpoint of the second period. However, Mastrangelo would bring the Bruins back to within one just over a minute later, and Jordan Nesbitt swooped in from the blue line to tie the game, scoring a buzzer beater goal as the horn sounded to end the second.
The see-saw battle continued in the third, with a powerplay goal on a Terry Snoddon deflection putting the Merchants back on top just over three minutes into the action. However, just 23 seconds later, Thomson fired a booming shot just past Garrett Haden’s outstretched glove to once again knot the game.
Phil Koufis restored Little Britain’s lead just over two minutes later, only to have Alex Siblock reply with a powerplay goal for the Bruins.
Despite losing several players to injury over the course of the game, the Bruins’ penalty killers proved to be up to the task with Little Britain threatening later in the frame. A pair of goals from Shane Smith would ultimately seal a 7-5 victory for Uxbridge.
Following the game, Bruins head coach Geoff Hodgkinson praised the work of his team, as injuries forced some players into unfamiliar roles.
“We battled some adversity tonight, but never gave up and had some guys seize the opportunity to play bigger roles that might not ordinarily have been in that spot.”
On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins melted the Georgina Ice in Keswick by a score of 6-1. Siblock, Smith, Mastrangelo, Cowie, Aiden Reilly and Ryan Miehm all found the back of the net for the Bruins.
- The Bruins have busy weekend coming up as they head to Bowmanville at 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 to face-off with the Clarington Eagles. On Friday night, the Port Perry MoJacks visit the Bear Den at 7:45 p.m., and the second half of ‘The Battle of North Durham’ gets underway at 2:25 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 in Port Perry.
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