Led by Nick Smith’s six-point effort – four goals and two assists – the Dundas Real McCoys didn’t disappoint a home-opener crowd and skated to a 7-5 Ontario senior hockey win over the Orillia-Coldwater Tundras.
The win left the McCoys with a 2-0 record in the early going of the senior loop and the game at the Grightmire Arena was the first of four straight home stands for Dundas. In addition to Smith’s offensive production, Justin Davis potted a pair of goals for Dundas and Frankie Grandits added the other.
The McCoy’s started out strong with some hard-hitting defence and high-powered offensive play, taking a two-goal lead on a pair of power play counters. Davis opened the scoring and Smith collecting his first goal to give Dundas a 2-0 cushion at the end of the first period.
But the second period was a different story. Orillia showed its offensive power by putting four straight goals past Dundas goalie Brett Leggat and were ahead 4-2.
Dundas applied constant pressure but was thwarted by Orillia goalie Ron Bertrand. The Tundras got into some penalty trouble, as they did in the first stanza, and for the second time in the game Smith scored on the powerplay to help Dundas draw closer and make it a one goal hockey game going into the third.
The third period was a complete turn around for the McCoys and early in the frame Grandits tied the affair.
With the McCoy’s hard hitting defence and high powered offence frustrating the visitors, Smith notched his third goal, an unassisted marker with the powerhouse centre going end to end to put Dundas back in the lead.
Dundas continued to pressure and was rewarded when Davis buried his second goal on the night to make the score 6-4. The visitors did not give up and got within a goal with a late third period score from Roy Mundy, his second of the night.
The Tundra pulled the goalie but Smith sealed the deal with an empty netter.
The next Dundas home game is Friday (Oct. 24) when the Baltimore (Ont.) Clippers will provide the opposition. Game time is 7:45 p.m.