Uxbridge Bruins are slip sliding away
by Roger Varley
As the Simon and Garfunkel song goes, the closer the Uxbridge Bruins get to the end of the regular season, the more they’re slip sliding away. After hanging tough with the leaders of the PJHL’s seven-team Orr Division for the first three quarters of the season, the local squad’s recent skid continued on the weekend as they lost their second game in a row to the lowly Georgina Ice. The Bruins have won only one game in their last eight appearances. The Ice, on the other hand, now have won their last four games.
After having an unexpected night off last Friday when their scheduled game at the arena against the Clarington Eagles was cancelled because of bad weather, the Bruins travelled to Sutton on Sunday afternoon to face the Ice for what would have been an almost certain win earlier in the season. But the Ice scored first, taking advantage of a power play near the midway mark of the first period. However, as the period wound down, Simon Feig, assisted by Adam Bartholomew and Aiden Reilly, tied the game with his own power-play goal and Carson Bell scored less than two minutes later, assisted by Bartholomew and Daniel Wu.
Georgina, looking far more energized than the Bruins, responded with two unanswered goals in the second, including another power-play goal.
The Bruins, who seemed to pick up their game as the contest continued, tied the game again in the third period with Reilly’s unassisted power-play goal at the 8:26 mark. Georgina took the lead once again a few minutes later and Reilly stepped up again, sending he game into overtime with a goal at the 4:12 mark, assisted by Robert Freckelton and Feig.
After four minutes of three-on-three play in the overtime period, Georgina’s Ryan McBurney raced down the left-wing and fired a shot from the boards that cleanly beat goalie Ryan McConkey.
As of Tuesday, the Bruins were 16 points behind the leading Lakefield Chiefs and 13 behind the second-place Port Perry MoJacks.
The Bruins will be back in action at the arena tomorrow night at 7:45 p.m. taking on the North Kawartha Knights.
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