Tonight’s Bruins Home Game Dec.14/18 between the Uxbridge Bruins and the North Kawartha Knights has been POSTPONED due to deteriorating weather conditions in the North Kawartha area and will be rescheduled at a later date.
In one of the most thrilling PJHL games of the season, the Bruins took down the defending Clarence Schmalz Cup provincial champion Lakefield Chiefs in overtime at the Bear Den, extending Uxbridge’s season-opening home ice win streak to 9 games.
Tensions were running high through a scoreless first period that saw several spectacular saves at both ends of the ice.
The Chiefs took the lead early in the second period before timely goals by Toby Cooper and Justin Bennett put Uxbridge ahead 2-1. However, the lead would not last, and at the end of the middle frame, the Bruins were trailing 3-2.
An unassisted goal by Daniel Wu early in the third period knotted the game once more before the Chiefs took back the lead with slightly more than 10 minutes to play in regulation.
The Bruins continued to try and claw their way back, using their superior size to create space in the offensive zone.
A pair of late penalties put the Bruins’ resilience to the test, but a pair of veterans proved to be more than up to the task as captain Aiden Reilly found Robert Freckelton for a dramatic shorthanded goal that trickled over the goal line with just over one minute remaining on the clock to force overtime.
There was a blistering pace to the 4-on-4 overtime period – that began 4-on-3 with a spectacular effort from the Uxbridge penalty killing unit – and 1:34 into the extra frame, Justin Bennett capitalized on a Lakefield turnover, finding Jackson Savery charging to the net for the game winning goal as the boisterous Uxbridge crowd erupted in cheers.
The Bruins will be back in action next Friday night at the Bear Den, with another tough test, as the Tod Division-leading Napanee Raiders visit for a 7:45 p.m. match-up.
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The Uxbridge Bruins would like to thank Uxbridge Branch 170 Royal Canadian Legion, 76 Uxbridge Army Cadets, the Legion Pipe and Drums band as well as anthem singer Erin Briggs for their part in Friday night’s Remembrance Day opening ceremony.
The Bruins organization thanks all of Canada’s veterans and current military members for their service to our country.
Up until Friday April 6, 2018, Sean Brandow was one of those volunteer, obscure chaplains with the Humboldt Broncos Junior “A” hockey team. As a pastor in Humboldt for 20 years, when the home team Broncos invited him to become their chaplain he readily accepted. Little did he know…
That day, Sean’s team was devastated in a horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 and injured 13. The news spread quickly with every hockey team, every hockey family and every hockey town in Canada immediately touched deeply by the tragedy.
Hear Sean speak to us
Uxbridge Arena Community Centre (6:45 pm)
Bruins to honour Humboldt Broncos (7:45 game start)
Friday November 23rd, 2018
All welcome with a special invitation to the
Uxbridge hockey community
The Orr Division has awarded Uxbridge’s Ryan McConkey September’s Pepsi Goaltender of the Month. In 5 games, the veteran Bruins netminder posted a 1.60 Goals Against Average and a .944 Save Percentage. Congrats Conks!
Hard work over the past four seasons has paid off for veteran forward Aiden Reilly, as he was recently named Team Captain for the Uxbridge Bruins’ 2018-19 PJHL season.
The Ajax native joined the Bruins prior to the 2014-15 campaign after spending a season in the GTHL with the Toronto Titans ‘AAA’ Midgets after graduating from the Ajax-Pickering Raiders.
“We had seen him early on, and liked his skill set and the way he attacked at both ends of the ice. We were confident that he could grow into a dynamic player at this level,” Bruins head coach Andrew Langlands recalled. “He worked for everything he’s got at this level, and we’re thrilled to be able to reward him for all of his dedication to the program with the ‘C’ this season.”
Early on in his Bruins career, Reilly used tenacity to endear himself to the team’s staff and dedicated supporters taking on a primarily defensive role and impressing in his rookie campaign with 3 goals and 7 assists over 34 games played while gradually increasing his ice time as the season wore on.
Taking on a larger role in his second season with the team, Reilly saw his point totals more than double with 10 goals and 11 assists in 40 games played while routinely being matched up against the top offensive players for the opposition.
Reilly continued to progress into a leadership role in his third campaign, finishing the 2016-17 season with 12 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played. Reilly came into his own in Uxbridge’s surprising run in the playoffs playing a key role in the Bruins upset win in the quarterfinals against North Kawartha and their valiant effort against Lakefield in the semifinals with 9 points in 12 postseason games played.
The 2017-18 season saw Reilly take his place among the Orr Division’s premier two-way forwards, routinely bringing crowds at The Bear Den to its feet with thunderous hits and highlight reel goals. He would lead Uxbridge in scoring with a team-high 25 goals and 19 assists in 38 games played.
“This is a tremendous honour for me to be able to serve as captain this season. This program has had a lot of great players over the years and it’s an unbelievable thrill to be able to know that I’m able to lead this team and its fans as the captain,” Reilly said. “The fans in Uxbridge have treated me so well over the past five years, and hopefully we can pay that back this season with an exciting and successful year.”