Bruins lose opener in final series
by Roger Varley
Perhaps drawing incentive and energy from the Napanee Atom BB Stars, who were honoured in pre-game ceremonies for winning their Provincial championship, the Napanee Raiders came out like gangbusters, downing the Uxbridge Bruins 3-1 in the first game of their best-of-seven PJHL Eastern Conference finals.
The Raiders outplayed the Bruins in every aspect of the game, winning most of the battles along the boards, out-skating and out-shooting them and playing as a team. The only outstanding player for the Uxbridge squad was goalie Ryan McConkey, despite the score.
In the first period, the Raiders dominated offensively as the Bruins’ lines all failed to click, out-shooting the Uxbridge squad 16-5. Nelson Powers put the Raiders ahead 1-0 with a clean shot past goalie Ryan McConkey with just 48 seconds left in the period. Although the Bruins had been told ahead of the game to give the Raiders lots of body checks, the instruction seemed to fall on deaf ears.
In the second period, the Bruins continued to look flat, although Simon Feig had a golden opportunity early on when a Raiders defenceman put the puck on his stick as he stood alone in front of the net, but he failed to score. Uxbridge managed to survive a two-man disadvantage of 85 seconds but allowed a power-play goal by Liam Mroueh a couple of minutes later. By the end of the period, the Raiders were out-shooting the Bruins 36-10.
The third period was more of the same, with Napanee dominating the action until just under four minutes remained, when captain Aiden Reilly scored the Bruins’ only goal, assisted by Adam Turner. The Raiders closed out the scoring with an empty-netter with nine seconds left in the game.
The Bruins return to action tomorrow (Friday) night at the arena at 7:45 p.m. for Game 2, with the third game scheduled for Sunday in Napanee.
For your convenience, we have listed a few sports organizations contact information.
Uxbridge Swim Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Tennis Club
Phone: (905) 852-2181
Uxbridge Squash Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Men’s Basketball League
Phone: (905) 431-3392
Greater Uxbridge Road Runners
Phone: (905) 852-7224
Air Force Mavericks All-Star Cheerleading
Phone: (905) 852-CHEER