MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
The PJHL Orr Division standings remain crowded, with just five points separating the top-four teams in the table. The Uxbridge Bruins left a busy weekend in the same spot they entered; in second place. However, they are now tied with their rival Port Perry MoJacks.
The Bruins were able to bounce back from a tough 3-2 loss, in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ in Uxbridge, to score a resounding 5-2 win over the North Kawartha Knights, on Saturday, Oct. 28th, in Apsley.
Five minutes into the second period, on Saturday night, the Bruins held a commanding 4-0 lead over the fifth-place Knights. Goals for Uxbridge came from Noah Donaghy, Cameron Moffitt, Adam Bartholomew and Aiden Reilly.
The Knights would close the gap with a pair, before the end of the second period, but Jake Joosten would shut the door in the third period, picking up his fourth win of the season. An insurance goal from Kieran Beaudoin rounded out Uxbridge’s scoring, as they earned a split of their weekend games.
Speaking with the media, Bruins head coach, Rob Acton credited his team for their ability to overcome adversity and maintain a positive culture, through the first quarter of the season. Acton noted that chemistry has been his most pleasant surprise, early in his tenure behind the bench.
“They’re a really close group and it’s been a real benefit to me, as a first-year head coach. Having a good team atmosphere and being around an enjoyable environment has led to a lot of great teamwork.”
At the Bear Den on Friday evening, the Bruins were unable to maintain their 2-0 advantage at the end of the first period, falling to the MoJacks by a score of 3-2.
An unassisted shorthanded blast, from Rob Freckelton, opened the scoring, with just over three minutes remaining in the first period.
Just over two minutes later, the Bruins struck again, when Aiden Reilly found Cameron Moffitt streaking to the net with a pin-point pass, for a sensational score.
The MoJacks were able to attack the middle stanza with greater enthusiasm, and struck quickly, cutting Uxbridge’s lead in half, just over a minute into the action. Just past the midpoint of the second, the MoJacks knotted the match, and teams headed for intermission tied 2-2.
Special teams were a major factor in the game, with 22 combined powerplay opportunities, as both teams found themselves being paraded to the penalty box, with fans on both sides, at times, voicing their displeasure.
At even-strength, with just over seven minutes played in the third period, Josh Dickson, fresh off his MVP performance in last weekend’s PJHL Prospect Showcase, scored the game-winning goal for the MoJacks, as both sides traded chances throughout the remainder of the game.
- With two goals over the weekend, Moffitt extended his recent streak, with six points over the past five games.
- The Bruins headed to Lakefield on Tuesday night, with first place on the line and Uxbridge trailing the Chiefs by two points (after The Standard’s deadline).
- On Friday night, the Knights ride into Uxbridge, for a 7:45 p.m. tilt with the Bruins. And, on Sunday afternoon, the action shifts to Sutton, with the Bruins visiting the Georgina Ice at 3:30 p.m.
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