As the Major League Hockey Championship hangs in the balance, heavily contested between the top two teams in the league, the scene is ready to shift back to J L Grightmire Arena, a place that has been very unwelcome to visitors since October.
It was no accident that the Dundas Real McCoys stormed to the top of the MLH pool this season and in getting to the league summit their home play was a major factor to the ascent. During the regular season, the Real McCoys won 11 of 15 games on home ice, and only encountered two regulation
losses, therefore sealing at least a single point in 13 of their match ups. Now, as the MLH playoffs near a conclusion, the McCoys have carried that momentum into the postseason.
Dundas are a perfect 4-0 in their own building in the playoffs to date, and have an impressive 11-1 record in their last 12 at Grightmire.
Friday night, when they host the Brantford Blast in Game 5, the McCoys have a home ice opportunity to inch one step closer to the ultimate prize, a trip to the 100th Allan Cup tournament.
After cruising through Tillsonburg in a competitive, but quick, four game semifinal, the Real McCoys have continued to flourish in the finals against Brantford. Opening with a tight 4-1 win back on February 29th, that saw Dundas explode with a three goal third period to capture Game 1, the Blast responded with a similar performance in Game 2 last Friday at the Brantford Civic Centre. Chad Spurr, the Blast’s leading point man in the regular season, scored twice in the final frame and Steven Rice added a goal and an assist in the last twenty minutes, as Brantford erased a 3-2 deficit to earn a 5-3 win. Justin Davis picked up a pair of first period tallies for the McCoys and Mark Jorris scored his first of the finals on the power play in the second. Sean Hall made his second consecutive start in net for Dundas for the first time in the post season and stopped 41 shots in the loss.
With Game 3 headed back to Dundas on Sunday night, the McCoys coaching staff decided to revert back to their revolving door between the pipes and struck gold big time. Scott Dickie was the story in a 6-2 Dundas triumph, kicking aside 39 shots and allowing the Real McCoys to maintain their home ice dominance. Dickie, posting a 3-0 record in the playoffs after Game 3, has been a major part of the Dundas late season/playoff success. Helping out the goaltending was a quick strike offence that soared in the first period. Rob DeCiantis, a perennial playoff star for the Real McCoys, and Brandon Merli score two goals each in a span of 2:35 to open up a 4-0 lead that Brantford could not overcome. Mike Kennedy and Ryan Christie added second stanza goals, while Jooris continued his spectacular play, collecting three assists.
The series continues Thursday night in Brantford and back in Dundas on Friday, games six and seven if necessary are set for Sunday in Brantford then back in Dundas next Wednesday.