After the double loss on the previous weekend, the Dundas Real McCoys were looking for a big effort on one of their few Friday nights when they weren’t playing at home.
Dundas visited the Brantford Blast and came away on the very short end of a 9-2 score, giving them three straight losses in the senior Major Hockey League. The Blast was responsible for a pair of the setbacks and Whitby Dunlops authored the other. The net results leave Dundas in fourth place, one point behind Brantford although the Real McCoys have three games in hand and four games in hand to league leading Whitby and second place Norwood Vipers. Whitby has 16 points, Norwood has 13 points and Brantford has 10 to Dundas’ eight.
On the Real McCoys’ last outing (Nov. 12) it was a somewhat of a dismal effort. Granted they were short staffed on defence but even at that it was a night of blueline miscues and give-aways that led to the lopsided score. On the positive side, the McCoys did manage to outshoot the Blast, 39-37. But this advantage was negated by the stellar work of Brantford goalie Chris Houle.
Brantford was up 2-0 midway through the first before Ryan Christie tallied for Dundas and it appeared it might be a good game but things went downhill for the McCoys from there. The Blast scored seven consecutive goals before Will Wellman replied with Dundas’ final goal deep into the third period.
There is obviously no love lost between Dundas’ Mike Amodeo and some members of the Brantford squad. There had been a couple of incidents in the two previous games and Brantford brought in some extra muscle in the form of Corey Fulton, a noted enforcer, who last played for Stouffville of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. The inevitable happened and the pair squared off in the third period with Amodeo being the clear winner in the prolonged dance.
After the game, McCoys’ general manager Don Robertson offered his take on the night:
“This was our poorest effort in years and there will be changes as a result. We have guys we have given opportunities and they aren’t responding. I take the responsibility and need to do a better job and get some experienced defensemen to get to the next level. Up front we can play with anybody in the league, we just need to get the puck to the forwards and it isn’t happening on a consistent basis. Goaltending is not an issue, we are happy in that regard; it all comes back to defense.”
This was the third game for Mike Aglor since returning from his injury and Robertson was upbeat.
“Mike’s return is a positive for the team, he is getting his legs back under him and is rounding into shape after his injury. It will take some time after missing training camp but he’ll be an asset down the road as he has been in the past”.
The McCoys will have this week to put the last game behind them and get ready for a much needed better effort when they play host to Whitby Dunlops on Friday (Nov. 18) at the J.L. Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m.. The following night they make their first visit to Baltimore to play the last place Clippers.