MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins kept up their winning ways over the weekend and maintained their third-place position in the standings, after posting a 7-3 victory over the North Kawartha Knights.
The game, played on Friday night at the Bear Den, was Uxbridge’s lone contest of the weekend. Coming to the game, the team was looking to build on back-to-back wins in Provincial Junior Hockey League action last weekend.
Connor Kearney’s first goal as a Bruin gave Uxbridge the lead, just 90 seconds into the action, on the play Kearney shot from behind the net, banking the puck in off of the skate of the North Kawartha goalie. A powerplay goal by Aiden Reilly doubled the Uxbridge advantage, with just under four minutes remaining in the opening period.
The Bruins offence wasted little time building on the lead, as the teams took to the ice for the middle stanza, with goalie Ryan McConkey sending a sensational pass to a breaking Simon Fieg for a breakaway goal, with just under two minutes played. Just 37 seconds later, Kieran Beaudoin gave Uxbridge a 4-0 lead, with his 12th goal of the campaign.
As the second period wore on, a pair of powerplay goals by the Knights were sandwiched around Fieg’s second tally of the evening. After 40 minutes of play, Uxbridge led by a comfortable 5-2 margin.
With the Bruins back on the powerplay, just before the midpoint of the third period, Reilly seemed to put the game away with his second goal of the night, assisted by Fieg. The teams would trade goals over the final 10 minutes of action, with Noah Donaghy rounding out the scorers for the Bruins.
Tyler Hutchinson scored, just over four minutes into last Friday night’s win over Little Britain, sending 115 stuffed animals onto the ice at the Bear Den, as the Bruins hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss, in support of the Uxbridge Community Toy Drive.
Newmarket’s Connor Kearney joins the Bruins, after spending the early part of the season in the PJHL Caruthers Division with the Schomberg Cougars. In 14 games, the 6-2”, 200 lb, forward had 12 points (5 goals and 7 assists), in 12 games played.
- Last week, the Bruins dealt defenceman Tavish Davidson to the Little Britain Merchants.
- The Bruins are back in action this Friday night at the Bear Den, with a special appearance by Santa Claus when they tangle with the Orr Division-leading Lakefield Chiefs at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, the Bruins wrap up their pre-Christmas portion of the schedule with a trip to Apsley to take on the Knights.
- Following the holiday break, the Bruins will host the Port Perry MoJacks in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ at the Bear Den at 7:45 p.m., on Friday, December 29th
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