It certainly appears the Real McCoys are intent on making a run for first place. On Friday (Dec. 12), Dundas welcomed Norwood mindful that their last meeting ended in a 6-5 victory for the Vipers. Going into the weekend the two Major League Hockey teams were tied for second with Dundas having a game in hand in Ontario’s senior AAA loop.
So the McCoys 6-3 win on Friday night was a promising start to the weekend which only got better after Dundas skated to a 7-4 win against the Orillia/Coldwater Tundra on Sunday (Dec. 14).
The McCoys got two goals from Nick Smith (both power play markers) with singles coming from Mark Jooris (with the man advantage), Frankie Grandits, Darrell Simich (power play), and Sam Campbell.
Dundas took control of the game early with Simich opening the scoring with the help of Jooris and Justin Davis. The only goal of the first period would stand until Norwood tied the game in the second frame, also a power play effort. Grandits then tallied for the McCoys, who would not surrender the lead for the rest of the game. Dundas ended the second period with a 5-2 advantage.
Mike Minard had a solid game for the McCoys in net.
The win earned the praise of McCoys’ coach and general manager Don Robertson. “Usually we are trying to improve our goaltending situation at this time of year and that aspect is solid,” said Robertson. “The offense and defense are shaping up and we are reasonably healthy. We should be in position to make a run at first place if we can win our four point games.”
Friday’s strong effort was followed by another team effort in Sunday’s game. Even though Dundas was missing Smith and Ryan Christie, the 18 players who dressed more than made up the difference.
Jooris had a five-point night (2-3) while Davis also chipped in with a pair of goals. Mike Amodeo continued to show his offensive skills with a power play marker and Grandits followed up his strong game on Friday with a goal as well as handing out several hard body checks. Rob Deciantis dressed for the first time this year and made his presence known with a power play goal. At the end of the night the score was 7-4 for Dundas.
Brett Leggat got the start in net and was strong in the victory. The Tundras outshot the McCoys 42-33.
Next scheduled action for Dundas is at home Friday (Dec. 19) at 7:45 p.m. when the Baltimore Clippers visit the Grightmire Arena. The game is the annual Teddy Bear Toss and the drawing for the turkey raffle prizes. The McCoys are then slated to head for Whitby the next day for a 6:30 p.m. game. Heading into the weekend, the McCoys are three points behind the league-leading Dunlops with two games in hand.