The Dundas Real McCoys are riding high on their current four game winning streak after another win over the defending champions. However, their success will be put to the test this weekend, with back-to-back road contests for the first time this season. Major League Hockey arenas have been a difficult place for visiting teams to find wins. Only two of the five clubs in the division have winning records away from their own buildings, and the Real McCoys are on that list. The McCoys have won three of four road games so far and own the MLH’s top road record.
They kickoff their weekend with a stop in Windsor, a rematch of last Sunday’s battle at Grightmire Arena. The McCoys came away with a 4-3 win, posting their second win in a row over the Saints, last season’s league champion.
Like most games this season, it was a combination of stellar goaltending from Sean Hall and the offensive prowess of Mike Kennedy that made the difference after the McCoys fell behind again, a trend that GM/Associate Head Coach Don Robertson would like to see come to a halt.
“We started out pretty sluggish but cranked it up in the third and that’s what we can do,” stated Robertson. “But it would be nice not to have to (do that) all the time. Coming from behind builds character, but it’s hard on the heart.”
Hall stopped 36 of 39 shots, earning his fifth win in seven appearances. A shaky spot for the McCoys the past few seasons, Hall has been a rock between the pipes, allowing only 20 goals in his seven games. Kennedy scored the game-winner, on the powerplay, at 6:50 of the third period. The league’s leading scorer added two assists earlier in the night, upping his point total to 18 in 10 games. Todd Harvey, playing on a line with Kennedy and Todd Hlushko, scored twice and set up Kennedy’s game winner. The terrific trio were a nightmare all night long for the Saints, schooling the youthful and talented lineup.
“The Kennedy line was strong all game,” said Robertson. “Windsor has trouble with the experience that those players bring, I think. But they do skate really well.”
Ryan Christie notched his 10th goal in 10 games, to round out the Real McCoys scoring. The McCoys are now 2-0 against the Saints this season, but will make their first trip to Windsor where the Saints have lost once in five games.
The Dundas road weekend continues with a stop in Petrolia on Sunday night. The McCoys have won both meetings with the Squires this season. Dundas registered a 4-0 shutout at home on Oct. 19 and recorded a 4-3 overtime victory in Petrolia on Nov. 4. The Squires are MLH’s bottom feeders, winning only two games in eleven tries. The McCoys return from their road trip on Nov. 30, when they prepare for another showdown with the league’s number one team, the Brantford Blast.