Real McCoys, Saints square off in second place showdown

When the Dundas Real McCoys take the ice on Sunday night at Grightmire Arena, they have the opportunity, not just to extend their three game winning streak, but to put a stamp on an already impressive start to the season. In their first nine games, the Real McCoys have won six, and have secured victories over each team in the league, save for the first place Brantford Blast. Their six triumphs include a win over last season’s league champion, the Windsor Saints, who visit Dundas for the second time this season on Sunday (Nov. 18) at 7:30 pm.

The Saints are proving to be a championship challenger once again, winning five of their first eight games. They are led by the dangerous duo up front, featuring set up man Jason Dixon and sniper Erik Stone. Dixon has a league best 11 assists, while Stone has benefited from his teammates’ play making abilities, leading the way with 10 goals.

In their only meeting with Dundas, (Oct. 5), the pair combined for six points, with Stone scoring a hat trick and Dixon collecting three assists. Still, the McCoys came out on top with a 5-3 win, displaying their own array of offensive weapons. Five players in the Dundas line up each picked up two points, with Chris Wismer leading the attack with two goals.

The game was a very even matchup between the two very talented teams and the McCoys expect more of the same when the puck drops on this weekend’s rematch. ‘This Sunday will be a big test,” said Real McCoys general manager and associate head coach Don Robertson. “Windsor brings a young, fresh team to town and they are last year’s pennant Champions. We’d like to slow them up a bit and stay in the hunt for first place.”

The Real McCoys pursuit for top spot in Major League Hockey continued with a big weekend versus Tillsonburg. The McCoys were triumphant in both games, capturing an 8-2 win last Friday in Dundas and escaping with a 4-3 overtime victory at the Vipers pit on Sunday. Ryan Christie became the second McCoys skater of the season to score four goals in one game (Mike Kennedy was the other), as he led the offensive outburst on home ice, which included a six-goal first period.

“Things went our way early Friday and we wanted it that way,” said Robertson. “We have come out flat the past two or three games and we wanted a strong start. The crowds at home have been good so we wanted to do well for the fans.”

Todd Hlushko played his best game of the year for the home crowd, scoring once and adding three assists. Kennedy, Robin DeLacoure and Paul Lawson rounded out the goals. Todd Harvey also shone, picking up three assists.

The power play was dynamite for Dundas, scoring five times in eight man advantage chances.

Mike Kennedy scored his second overtime game winner of the season, in Sunday’s 4-3 outcome.