It didn’t take long for the Dundas Real McCoys to remember how to play in the playoffs. After a one year hiatus from the post season party of Major League Hockey, the Real McCoys are definitely back where they belong.
The Dundas squad rolled over the Tillsonburg Vipers with a pair of victories last weekend and carry a quick two game advantage in the best-of-seven series semi-final.
That series will continue Friday night (Feb. 22) at Grightmire Arena, with game number three. Even though Dundas cruised through games one and two, winning by a combined 13-4 score, McCoys’ general manager and associate coach Don Robertson knows the team can’t get over confident heading into the key third game.
“We got off to a great start in the first two games,” said Robertson. “But it was Tillsonburg’s fifth and sixth games in just eight days, so they were definitely tired. They’ll be fresh and ready come this weekend, so we’ll have our hands full this time.”
Dundas kicked off their semi-final against Tillsonburg with a 6-3 home ice win on Feb.15. A five-goal explosion in the first period, along with a game featuring six different goal scorers overall, allowed the McCoys to cruise to a quick series lead. Nick Smith and Robin Delacoure led the point parade, with a goal and a pair of assists apiece. Mike Kennedy, Ryan Christie, Brandon Merli and Todd Harvey also lit the lamp behind the Viper’s Brett Leggat, while Todd Hlushko collected two assists.
Sean Hall backstopped his first playoff win for Dundas, stopping 35 shots. In game two, the offence was once again the story for Dundas, as they rolled to a 7-1 romp over the Vipers in Tillsonburg.
Again, Smith was a key figure of the Real McCoys’ attack, picking up four big assists. Rob DeCiantis, who had a monster playoff a couple of years ago, picked up two goals as did Justin Davis. Mike Lankshear added a goal and two assists, with Mike Aglor and Christie also finding the back of the net. Scott Dickie, much like Hall the night before, picked up his first postseason win in McCoys’ colours, turning aside 29 of 30 shots sent his way.
For Friday’s game, the McCoys’ and their fans, will get a real boost. Returning to Real McCoys’ red is fan favourite and former league scoring champion, Mark Jooris. Arguably, one of the most enigmatic talents to ever play at the Senior A level, Jooris will add some more punch and power to an already amazing offensive arsenal.
“We’ll ease Mark back into the line up,” stated Robertson. “It’s a much different team than the one he left last season.”