After a scintillating debut in the season opener that saw everything go their way in a 5-3 home win over the Windsor Saints a week ago, the Dundas Real McCoys quickly fell off track. On a nasty night at Grightmire Arena last Friday (Oct. 12), that saw the McCoys take 56 minutes in penalties, including four ejections and a gross misconduct, the Tillsonburg Vipers skated away with a 4-1 win.
It was a stunning loss for Dundas, considering the Vipers were scoreless in their previous two outings to start the season. Rob Simpson led the way for the visitors, scoring twice and adding an assist. Tillsonburg scored a pair of markers in the first period and added two more in the second, before the McCoys stopped the bleeding with a tally from Mike Aglor at 14:04 of the middle frame.
Rookie Frank Grandits picked up an assist, recording a point in his second consecutive game, while Dino Felicetti also helped out on the lone Dundas goal. The Real McCoys tested goalie Brett Leggat who rose to the challenge, stopping 34 shots for Tillsonburg’s first win of the campaign.
His counterpart, Sean Hall, was equally impressive for the McCoys, making 34 saves. Dundas played much of the game undermanned, after Ryan Christie was sent to the showers late in the first period with a major penalty for charging. The parade to the locker room continued in the third period as Gerald Moriarity, Chris Wismer, Todd Hlushko and Felicetti were all asked to leave the game for various offences. Along with the performance of net minder Hall, the penalty killers earned kudos for their efforts, killing off every man disadvantage handed to them.
The same two teams went at it again in Tillsonburg on Sunday night and again Leggat was sensational in net for the Vipers, turning aside 36 of the 40 shots directed his way. Only this time the McCoys came out with a 4-2 victory. Christie scored two for the McCoys that put them up 2-0 early in the second period, only to have Tillsonburg bounce back before the end of the period to tie the score.
Todd Harvey potted a shorthanded goal early in the third and Tom Brown sealed the deal with a power play marker with four minutes left.
The Real McCoys will have another chance to show their Dundas faithful that the team is a solid contender when they host the Petrolia Squires Friday (Oct. 19) at Grightmire Arena Gametime is 7:30 p.m.
The McCoys’ dropped four of six meetings to the Squires last season, but took Petrolia to the extra session in each of their losses. The Squires ranked dead last in Major League Hockey, in both goals for and against, one year ago. Petrolia is led by one of the league’s smoothest players up front in Jason Polera. Last season Polera finished third in league scoring, potting 21 goals in only 26 games and collecting 53 points.