Sharing is something often done between friends and family. It certainly isn’t a regular activity that involves enemies or rivals. However, it is an action which the Dundas Real McCoys and Brantford Blast participate in quite frequently together.
The two Major League Hockey powerhouses share a stretch of one of the province’s largest stretches of road, along the 403 highway; they share the drive and determination to bring a league title and Allan Cup championship to their beloved fans and towns; they share a respectful dislike for one another; and Friday night (Nov. 2) they’ll share the ice at Grightmire Arena, where the two clubs face off in a rematch of last week’s first encounter.
When the McCoys took to the ice in Brantford last Friday, they were unable to slow down the Blast’s very potent offence. Even with the MLH’s top scorer, Chad Spurr, not in the lineup for Brantford, the home team found a spark from someone else – winger Ryan Healy. In finishing a three-goal performance in the first period, he guided the first place Blast to their fifth win in six games, a 5-2 win over the Real McCoys. Steve Hurst helped out on three of Brantford’s tallies, while Tyler Pelton chipped in with a pair of helpers of his own.
For Dundas, it was Mike Kennedy continuing his strong play, scoring his fifth goal of the season and adding an assist. Kennedy now has 10 points for the season, and eight in his last three contests. Chad Blundy picked up the other goal for the Real McCoys.
Dundas and Brantford showed just how electrifying they can be, with an explosive opening period that featured five goals. But it was Brantford goaltender Anthony Marshall who may have been the difference after period one, as he shut the door on all 25 Real McCoys’ shots in the final 40 minutes to seal the win.
Sean Hall continues to shine between the pipes for Dundas, stopping 24 pucks in the loss. With the players that these two clubs can dress each and every night, a memorable match up should be shared in Dundas.
This game opens up a tough weekend for the Real McCoys, as they travel to Petrolia for a duel with the Squires on Sunday. The McCoys, led by a dominant four-goal show by Kennedy, cruised to a 4-0 win over Petrolia on Oct. 19. The Squires are off to a slow start, having to play five of their first six games on the road. But they did win their only home game of the season, a 6-3 decision over Tillsonburg last Friday night.