Fourth shut-out for McConkey
by Roger Varley
Goalie Ryan McConkey registered his fourth shut-out of the season on Sunday as the Uxbridge Bruins defeated the Port Perry MoJacks 3-0 at the Scugog arena, taking a 3-1 lead in the Battle of North Durham and bringing the MoJacks’ eight-game win streak to an end. In doing so, McConkey turned aside 41 shots, while the Bruins managed only 25 shots on goal.
McConkey now is the leading goaltender in the PJHL’s Orr Division, with a stingy 1.80 goals-allowed average in 12 games, racking up 10 wins and two losses. His save percentage is an impressive .949.
Combined with Friday night’s 3-2 win over the Clarington Eagles, the Bruins now hold sole possession of second place in the seven-team division, two points behind the Lakefield Chiefs.
In Sunday’s game, MoJacks goalie Shawn Mabley was barely tested in the first half of the scoreless first period as his team peppered McConkey with 18 shots.
In the second period, the Bruins turned the tables, dominating the MoJacks, even though Port Perry continued to out-shoot them. Carson Bell opened the scoring early in the period, assisted by Tyler Hutchinson. Four minutes later, another Bruins score was disallowed. As the period wound down, Cristian Giorgio made it 2-0, assisted by Matthew Hunter, while the Bruins enjoyed a two-man advantage for almost a full two minutes.
Hunter closed out the scoring in the third period, with an unassisted short-handed marker.
At the arena on Friday, Michael Rennie gave the Bruins the lead midway through the first period following a good series of passes with Adam Bartholomew and Aiden Reilly. The home squad came close to scoring again as the period drew to a close, when a sloppy line change by the Eagles left them with only two men on the ice to face a five-man rush.
The Eagles came out hard in the second period, putting the Bruins on the defensive for the first five minutes. Clarington tied the score at the 10-minutes mark with a power-play goal as Thomas Sheedy and Kyle Spataro both sat in the penalty box.
Robert Freckelton re-established the lead early in the second with an unassisted goal while the Eagles were two men short. Kieran Beaudoin teamed with Reilly to score what proved to be the winning goal at the midway point although Clarington scored another power-play goal in the dying minutes. The Bruins held on for the win as the Eagles pulled their goalie for the last minute-and-a-half.
The officiating at Friday’s game was of dubious quality. As an example, Simon Feig slapped an Eagles player on the elbow with the flat of his blade. He was given a five-minute penalty for slashing, a game misconduct and was suspended for one game. In total, the referees called 30 penalties for a total of 83 minutes.
The Bruins are back in action at the arena tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. against the Georgina Ice and then have a week off before hosting the Chiefs on November 24.
Bear Pause: The date has not yet been announced, but fans should remember the Bruins’ annual Christmas Teddy Bear toss will be coming up soon. Now would be a good time to prepare by buying a new teddy bear, wrapped, to toss on the ice at the appropriate moment. All the bears are donated to needy kids.
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