McCoys tangle with Vipers in pre-Christmas set

With Christmas morning just days away, the Dundas Real McCoys are getting an early holiday present from Major League Hockey’s schedule makers.

As the McCoys start to get their groove back, following a four-game losing streak, they walk into this winter weekend with a pair of games against the team they have had the most success against this season – the Tillsonburg Vipers. In five meetings to date, the McCoys have won four, including an 8-3 romp only two weeks ago in Dundas.

The Real McCoys are averaging exactly five goals per game against Tillsonburg, scoring 25 times in the five contests. Their only loss was on Oct. 12th when the then-winless Vipers, picked up their first victory by a 4-1 count. The Vipers are the league’s lowest scoring club, while the McCoys rank No. 2 in goals for amongst the five team pool.

When the McCoys take to the ice on Friday (Dec. 21) at Grightmire Arena, they do so as one of the league’s most dangerous home teams. The McCoys have won six of their home games and only lost once in regulation time, thus securing at least a single point in eight of nine games as host. Ironically, their only loss in 60 minutes of action on home ice came at the hands of the Tillsonburg Vipers.

Dundas currently rides a two game win streak at home, coming off of a 5-3 win last Friday with the Windsor Saints. The Saints and McCoys have been battling all season for second place in the MLH, so Friday’s win was enormous for Dundas. The club has now won all three home meetings with Windsor this season, an important factor if a tie-breaker is needed near the end of the season.

Mike Amodoe scored two goals, including one of two shorthanded markers for the Real McCoys during a three-goal second stanza. The other shorthanded goal came off the stick of Ryan Christie, who notched his league best 13th tally of the season. Todd Hlushko was nothing short of dominant, opening the scoring in the first period and adding three assists. Frank Grandits rounded out the Real McCoys scoring, with the game winner late in the second period.

Nick Smith continued his brilliance since becoming a Real McCoy, picking up three assists and Sean Hall was sharp in the net yet again, stopping 33 Windsor shots for the victory. The teams were to tangle again on Sunday, but the game was postponed due to the raging snowstorm that blanketed most of the province.

After Friday’s home game, the McCoys travel to Tillsonburg on Saturday for a quick return match. Dundas has won both games in Tillsonburg so far, including a 4-3 overtime win last time in the Vipers’ pit.