Last Friday (Nov. 22) it seemed the Real McCoys were bent on making up for their three consecutive losses. The league leading Whitby Dunlops came to Dundas and the Real McCoys were less than hospitable, handing the visitors a 12-4 thrashing in their Major Hockey League encounter.
Right from the opening faceoff it was obvious this was a different McCoys team than in their last three games. Ryan Christie started the onslaught with his first of three on the night at 1:03. Justin Davis and Shawn Shewchuk followed with a pair of power play goals before Jason McAuley got the Dunlops on the scoreboard. But Mike Aglor made up for that goal with a marker of his own to make it 4-1 at the end of the first.
Dundas maintained pressure in the second period with Davis getting his second of the night – another power play marker. Whitby narrowed the gap to 5-2 before the McCoys got goals from Josh Shrum, Mike Kennedy, Mike Amodeo, and Christie. Not only was the McCoy’s power play potent on the night they also showed they could put the puck in the net while shorthanded, Amodeo’s goal and Christies first of the period were scored with a man disadvantage. The McCoys did manage to put in a couple of more shorthanded goals, one by Nick Smith and second goal by Amodeo.
Amodeo, who is known more for his toughness than his scoring touch, showed he can play offense when the need arises. Not only did he have a couple of goals he also chipped in with five assists to give him a seven point night. Christie, besides getting the hat trick, had four assists on the night to give him seven points as well.
After Friday’s drubbing, the McCoy’s travelled to Baltimore (Ontario that is) for a game with the Clippers. The team bus had a few empty seats as Dundas dressed just14 players and it obviously affected the outcome of the game as Baltimore came away with a 7-6 overtime victory.
To make matters worse, Brett Leggat, who started in goal for the McCoys, had to leave the game at the end of the first period with a strained neck. Sean Hall, who was dressed as a forward, put on the pads and played the second and third periods.
Dundas went up 1-0 early in the first period when Mark Jooris scored an unassisted power player goal. Then the referee called five consecutive minor penalties against the McCoys, resulting in two power play goals for the Clippers, along with a regular strength goal to make it 3-1 at the end of the first.
Early in the second period, Baltimore got into some penalty trouble of their own and the McCoy’s Nick Smith, again showing his scoring prowess, netted two power play goals to tie the game at 3-3. The Clippers got the lead back shortly after and then Ryan Christie tied it up again with his first goal of the night. However, the Baltimore squad showed its grit and regained the lead to make it 5-4 at the end of the second.
Dundas still had some legs in the third period as Shawn Shewchuk tied it for the McCoys and then Christie scored his second goal to put his team up 6-5 at the 16:27 mark. The McCoys’ recent defensive acquisition, Jerry Galway, had four assists on the night.
However, the Baltimore squad was not to be denied, and, while on the power play and their goalie on the bench in favour of an extra skater, Adam Van Dam’s third goal of the night tied it up for Baltimore with 28 seconds left.
In the five minute, sudden death, four-on- four OT periods, Baltimore scored the winner just 1:37 gone on the clock.
While obviously disappointed with Saturday’s outcome, the McCoys’ coaching staff of Ken Mann and Don Robertson were a little more upbeat than after the Brantford loss last weekend.
Said Robertson: “The four points were there for the taking but we came up a little short, but it was a great effort and if we can add a couple of bodies on the blue line we will be in good shape. We have no clue as to how we beat the first place Whitby Dunlops like that Friday night. They are an outstanding hockey club who had an off night but we will take the win.
“We had a big effort from everyone on Saturday but the flu bug hit the team and we were a bit short. Despite the effort from our guys, the late penalty let them tie it up and get the win. It is a very competitive league this year and there are no freebies on any night. Sean Hall did a great job to step in and give us a chance to win in Baltimore; he hasn’t had the pads on in a while and gave a valiant effort.
“Moriarity will add some depth to the defence. As a former OHL and pro player, he can help get the puck up front in a hurry. He also adds a bit of a physical presence as well. There will more additions in the next couple of weeks as we build towards getting the roster where we want it”, Robertson continued.
The McCoys have a home-and-home set against Norwood this weekend as they play the Vipers at home on Friday at the J.L. Grightmire Arena on Market Street at 7:45 p.m. then travel to Norwood Saturday night.