First place still within Real McCoys’ grasp

Major League Hockey destiny is in the sticks and gloves of the Dundas Real McCoys on Friday (Feb. 12) when they are hosts to the Brantford Blast at 7:45 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Last Friday in the Brantford Civic Centre, the McCoys skated off with a 5-2 victory over the Blast before dropping a 6-3 decision to the fourth place Clippers at Baltimore the next night. Now the McCoys are playing for all the marbles and top spot in the league.

Whitby Dunlops, who lead the six-team loop with 36 points (18 wins, nine losses in 27 games), have one game left, and that is against the McCoys on the final night of the season (Saturday, Feb. 21) in Whitby’s Iroquois Arena. Second place Norwood Vipers also have one game left at Brantford against the Blast on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.

Baltimore, in fourth place, has two games remaining – one at home against the Tundra on Friday (Feb. 13) and the other the following Friday against Dundas in the Grightmire at 7:45 p.m.

The McCoys on the other hand, have three games left after tonight – Sunday in Tundra country at 8 p.m., and their final two games of the season (both were postponed earlier by snow) at home against the Clippers on Friday, Feb. 20 and on the road at Whitby the following night. The Friday night encounter will go at 7:45 p.m. while the game the next night will be a 6:30 p.m. faceoff in the Iroquois Arena.

The McCoys must win all four to finish in first with 40 points. The club has the best home record of the four teams, but has struggled on the road of late, much to the consternation of general manager Don Robertson and his co-coach Kenny Mann.

Last Friday at Brantford, Ryan Christie had a four-point night, scoring his 15th and 16th goals of the season to lead Dundas. Christie had the only powerplay goal of the game. The McCoys outscored the Blast 3-2 in the mid frame and added bookend goals in the first and third periods. Nick Smith (17), Shawn Maltby (2), and Justin Davis (21) added the others. Davis also set up two scoring plays.

The next night in Baltimore, Dundas led 2-1 after the first, but the four-player differential that favoured the Clippers caught up with them in the second. Baltimore fired home four consecutive goals before Christie (17) replied for the McCoys. Scott Bradley, with his second goal of the game, completed the scoring in the third for Baltimore.

Jerry Galway notched his first goal of the season on a powerplay and Frank Grandits (8) replied for Dundas.