Real McCoys head into the new year on a high note

The McCoys had a gift for their fans and the fans had gifts for the Salvation Army on Friday (Dec. 21).

The powerful Dundas squad skated to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Tillsonburg Vipers on the annual Teddy Bear Toss night. That moment happened at 13:33 of the first period when Chris Wismer potted a power play goal for the McCoys, starting an avalanche of about 200 stuffed animals that were collected and delivered to the Salvation Army. A large quantity of food was also collected for the Hamilton Food Share and Santa was present to supervise the operation.

The McCoys continued to take the game to the Vipers and Nick Smith scored a couple of minutes later to make it 2-0. That score stood up until the end of the first period. In the second, Tillsonburg scored at the 8:27 mark to narrow the margin. That goal appeared to ignite the home squad and they replied with goals from Frankie Grandits, captain Mike Kennedy and Dave Lylyk to make the score 5-1 at the end of the second.

In the third stanza the Vipers scored first again but Lylyk’s second counter of the night nullified that goal. Tillsonburg scored late to make the fine score 6-3. It was a strong effort by the whole Dundas squad, which outshot their opponents 43-36., Sean Hall was solid in goal, the defence played well and the forward lines showed their strength and experience, putting on a pinpoint passing display.

The McCoys travelled to Tillsonburg the next night for a return match and the result was almost the same with Dundas coming up with a 6-4 victory. The boys from the Valley Town were again dominant this night, out-shooting the home-town Vipers 48-36. Todd Harvey led the team with a pair of goals, along with rock solid defenceman Tom Brown who also notched a pair along with an assist. The usually stay-at-home defenceman just missed a hat-trick when he was open on a couple of occasions, breaking his stick on one opportunity and hitting the post on another.

The McCoys certainly appear to be rounding into mid to late season form and the class and experience of the squad is definitely showing; short-handed goals are fairly regular and most nights, as illustrated in the last couple of games, their passing is something to see and appreciate.

Dundas has 12 games left in the regular season, including a make-up game with Windsor. Five of the games are against Brantford, who they trail in the standings by six points. With the McCoys playing as they have lately it’s fairly certain they should make the playoffs and Brantford might just be looking over their shoulders. But make no mistake the Blast are a solid team as their record indicates and it should make for a great game this Friday (Dec. 28) at the J.L. Grightmire Arena in Dundas at 7:30 p.m.