There was still some gift giving spirit in the air at the J.L. Grightmire Arena in Dundas on Friday night (Dec. 28). The hometown Real McCoys treated their fans to an excellent hockey game with a 5-3 victory over the first place Brantford Blast.
It was a treat to watch for the 500 or so in attendance as the high powered McCoys continue to impress with their play-making ability. A standout on the night was Ryan Christie who scored a hat trick and also chipped in a couple of assists for a five point night. That production elevated Christie into second place in league scoring just behind team captain Mike Kennedy.
The McCoys got started early with a power play marker by Todd Harvey. The score remained 1-0 until the 15 minute mark when Christie scored his first, followed Nick Smith’s goal moments later. The first period ended with the home squad up 3-0. Smith continues to impress with his strong play and his scoring touch. In just five games with the Dundas squad he has notched five goals along with seven assists.
Christie opened the second period with a goal at the 58 second mark. But the Blast responded with a pair of their own to make it 4-2 heading into the final period.
In the third period. Christie finished off his night with his third goal at 10:26 to make it 5-2. That seemed to seal the deal although the visitors didn’t give up and scored a late marker with 35 seconds left. The McCoys outshot the Blast on the night, 41-32 and both goalies, Sean Hall for the McCoys and Anthony Marshall for Brantford, were strong in net.
The win stretches the McCoys’ win streak to five and the two points keeps them solidly in second place and just four points behind the Blast, although Brantford does have a game in hand. The Dundas team travels to Brantford next Friday night (Jan 4) for a rematch with the third game in the late season series on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at the J.L. Grightmire arena on Market St., in Dundas at 7:30 p.m. The game is in support of the Juravinksi Cancer Centre and a portion of all tickets sold that night will be donated to the Juravinksi Foundation.