After capturing three road victories in their first four away games to start the year, the Dundas Real McCoys hit a pair of speed bumps on their highway to success.
Last weekend, they ventured into two buildings on consecutive nights and came out with nothing to show for it, except for a pair of notches in the loss column. The back-to-back setbacks pushed their road record to 3-3 on the season and dropped the club into a second place tie with the Windsor Saints in the Major League Hockey standings.
The weekend began with a showdown between the Saints and the McCoys, with Dundas making their first appearance at Windsor this season. In two previous meetings in Dundas, the McCoys won both contests. However, last season’s champions in Windsor are a different animal on their own ice and they showed exactly why they are the current titleholders.
The Saints jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first, before Todd Harvey banged home a goal for Dundas, cutting the lead in half, with 1:07 to play. Windsor opened things up with a pair of goals in the second to take a commanding 4-1 advantage into the final frame. Harvey buried his second of the night, on the powerplay, to open the third, but the Saints quickly regained their three-goal advantage. Mike Aglor notched a shorthanded tally at 11:53, to trim the lead to two once again, and Mike Kennedy scored his 11th of the season at 13:59, pulling Dundas within a single goal. But that’s as close as they would get, as the Saints picked up an insurance marker with just under three minutes to play, finishing with a 6-4 win.
The following night the McCoys travelled to Petrolia to take on one of the league’s worst clubs, the Squires. The Squires had only two wins in their first 11 games and had dropped both decisions to Dundas so far.
However, they may have been the beneficiaries of facing a team that had been worn down the night before following a hard fought contest. The Squires scored three goals in the first and three more in the third, cruising to a 6-1 romp over the Real McCoys. Rob Maric scored the McCoys’ only goal, on the powerplay, in the second period. It was the second time this season the McCoys have lost back-to-back games.
The Real McCoys will try to improve on their impressive home record (4-1-1-0), when they return to Grightmire Arena Friday (Nov. 30) to take on the team that tops the MLH division, the Brantford Blast. In two meetings this season, the McCoys lost both games. The two tangled last on Nov. 2 in Dundas, with the Blast earning a 5-4 overtime win. That was the last time the McCoys were handed a loss on their own ice. The league’s leading point getter, Mike Kennedy, has picked up three goals and five points in the two meetings with Brantford. Ryan Healy paces the Blast attack, with four goals, including a hat trick, versus Dundas.