DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
After being sidelined with an upper-body injury for nearly a month, Daryl Thomson made the most of his return to the Uxbridge Bruins’ lineup on Friday, Nov. 6, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout of the Lakefield Chiefs.
Thomson’s goal came on the powerplay early in the third period, when he took advantage of the extra time and space, and fired a hard shot past the outstretched glove of Lakefield goalie Michael Christie. Jordan Nesbitt added the lone assist on the play.
“The first half of the game was a little slow, being off the ice had taken a bit of a toll on my timing. And, I was probably trying to do too much at first,” Thomson, one of four overage players on the Bruins told The Standard. “Once I was able to settle down a bit, we got back to playing Uxbridge hockey and worked hard on defence to pick up these two points.”
Fellow overager Branden Francey made 34 saves to pick up his first shutout of the season.
Following the game, Francey noted that the team seems to have rebounded from a recent string of tough results. On Friday night, the Bruins played tremendous team defence, with their penalty killers shutting down all five of Lakefield’s powerplay opportunities.
“It’s been frustrating, but you have to fight through those times and practice how you play. We’ve fought through some adversity and I feel like we’re in a great position to fight for first place the rest of the way,” Francey explained.
Scoring chances were at a premium on Friday night, with the Bruins and Chiefs displaying dedicated defensive zone coverage throughout the game. Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson noted that the team has been showing more pride in their defensive play as of late, and expressed his pleasure with the team’s recent results.
“The players are rightfully proud of the way they’ve defended our zone these past four games, and if we can keep up this kind of hard work, it’ll make life easier for our goalies and eventually, lead to more chances on offence,” noted Hodgkinson.
-The Bruins will trek to Bowmanville on Thursday, Nov. 12, for a 7:50 p.m. match-up against the league-leading Clarington Eagles. On Friday night, the North Kawartha Knights visit the Bear Den for a 7:45p.m. tilt.
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