As November rolled in, the Dundas Real McCoys welcomed its arrival with open arms. Not that October was a month to forget for the Major League Hockey club. After all, the Real McCoys did find themselves staring up at only one team, the Brantford Blast, when the opening month of the season came to an end.
And winning three of five games to begin the year has to be looked upon as a successful start. But, with high expectations before the puck even hit the ice to kick off the year, there’s always time and space for improvement. So, with November taking over, the chance to show their fans, their coaching staff and the rest of the league that they can be even better has come.
The McCoys didn’t waste any time, taking the first place Blast to the limit last Friday (Nov. 2) at Grightmire Arena. Sixty minutes wasn’t long enough to settle the grudge between these two rivals, so to overtime they went. Unfortunately, for the hometown McCoys, a late penalty in the extra session, resulted in a game winning powerplay tally off the stick of Brantford’s Dan Pitre, giving the Blast a 5-4 decision. The McCoys did manage to salvage a point by getting to the fourth period, only the second team this season to earn something against the explosive Blast. Mike Kennedy continued his torrent tear for the Real McCoys, pocketing a pair of goals, while adding an assist.
Kennedy, the league’s second leading scorer, has seven goals and 13 points so far. Chris Wismer and Chad Blundy also found the back of the cage for Dundas. In goal, Jason Radbourne did all he could to make sure the McCoys escaped with at least a single, stopping 29 pucks in the overtime loss.
The McCoys travelled to Petrolia on Sunday night and once again a hero would rise in bonus time, but this time he was wearing Dundas colours. Ryan Christie, participating in the most exciting play in hockey, a penalty shot, buried the game winner at 3:52 of overtime. Dundas won the game 4-3, to capture their fourth win of the young season. The penalty shot winner was Christie’s second goal of the game and his fifth of the campaign. Tom Brown and Mike Lankshear picked up a goal each in the win, while Sean Hall turned aside 30 shots in backstopping his third victory.
Next up for the Real McCoys is a home and home weekend, starting Friday night (Nov. 9) in Dundas against the Tillsonburg Vipers. The Vipers are off to a terrible start, winning only one game in six tries so far. However, their only notch in the “W” column came courtesy of Dundas on Oct. 12 at Grightmire Arena. The McCoys quickly avenged that defeat with a 4-2 decision in their favour at Tillsonburg, where the Vipers have yet to win a game, two nights later. Kennedy, Christie and Dino Felicetti each have two points in two games against the Vipers.