Bruins edge Chiefs in overtime
By Roger Varley
It was a squeaker, but the Uxbridge Bruins managed to remain the only team in the PJHL’s Orr Division unbeaten at home with a 5-4 overtime win over the league-leading Lakefield Chiefs.
The Bruins started the game strong, holding the Chiefs out of the Uxbridge zone for the first four minutes of the game. From then on, it was attack and counter-attack for the whole period, with no goals scored. The only penalties handed out in the period took most of the fans by surprise. Six minutes into the game, Cameron Moffitt and Lakefield’s Cole Ellis engaged in a bit of a minor scrap. Nevertheless, both players received five-minute majors and both were ejected from the game with game misconducts. Moffitt also received a gross misconduct for pulling Ellis’ helmet off.
In the second period, the Chiefs opened the scoring early, only to see the Bruins come back quickly with a goal by Toby Cooper, assisted by Daniel Giorgio. Three minutes later, Justin Bennett notched a power-play goal, assisted by Stefan Palatsidis. Lakefield tied the score again when goalie Ryan McConkey let the puck go right between his legs and the Chiefs returned to the lead with a power-play goal while the Bruins had two men in the penalty box. On the power-play goal, McConkey appeared to have no idea where the puck was: it was sitting in the crease.
In the third period, Giorgio scored after the puck bounced off a defender’s stick onto the Bruin’s blade while the Chiefs were trying to clear their zone. At the midway mark, Lakefield went ahead yet again and the Bruins were deflated a couple of minutes later when an apparent goal by Aiden Reilly was disallowed by the referee. But the Bruins refused to give up, even after Palatsidis incurred a double minor and a double game misconduct with less than four minutes remaining. With just over a minute left in the game, Robert Freckelton notched a short-handed goal, assisted by Reilly. Lakefield tried to earn the win by pulling their goalie with two seconds left in the period and a face-off in the Bruins end, but to no avail.
Just one-and-a-half minutes into overtime, Jackson Savery notched the game-winner, assisted by Bennett.
The Cosmos players of the game were Savery for the Bruins and Dalton Smith for Chiefs.
The Bruins return to action tomorrow when they host the Napanee Raiders, the top team in the Tod Division, at the arena at 7:45 p.m. They will be without the services of Moffitt and Palatsidis, both of whom will be serving suspensions. Then it’s off to Port Hope to face the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Bear Pause: A reminder that the Bruins will be hosting special guest Sean Brandow, the chaplain of the Humboldt Broncos, on Nov. 23. Brandow will be speaking to members of the team at the arena community centre an hour before the team meets the Georgina Ice. All are welcome to attend.
Time to start shopping for a bear. The Bruins’ annual Teddy Bear toss will take place Dec. 7, with all bears collected going to local needy children.
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