Weekend wins would give Real McCoys top spot in senior hockey

Dundas pulled off an 11-8 win against the Brantford Blast on Friday (Feb. 13) and combined with their 8-4 win against the Orillia-Coldwater Tundra two nights later, the Real McCoys found themselves with a share of first place in Major League Hockey.

Whitby Dunlops are co-tenants with Dundas in the league’s penthouse.

The McCoys, with two games left to play, can assume ownership of first place with a win over Baltimore Clippers on Friday (Feb. 20) at home and a victory in Whitby on Saturday. Game time Friday is 7:45 p.m. and Saturday in the Iroquois Arena is 6:30 p.m. The MLH playoffs begin Friday, Feb 27 at Dundas with the opponent to be determined this weekend.

In other action over the weekend, Baltimore edged Orillia-Coldwater 8-7 in a shootout Friday night and Brantford doubled-up Norwood Vipers 8-4 in Brantford on Sunday afternoon. The Vipers loss means they cannot finish higher than third in the six-team loop.

It was a quick start for Dundas last Friday as Frank Grandits put the McCoys in front 1-0 and the Real McCoys kept on rolling as newly signed Scott Young added another for a 2-0 lead. The Blast was able to get on the score sheet with a power play goal by Ryan Healy to cut the lead to 2-1.

There was no stopping the McCoys offence in the period as Rob DeCiantis passed off to Shawn Maltby, who connected with Mark Jooris for a tap-in by Jooris on Brantford goalie Chris Houle. Young then wired a wrist-shot from the top of the circle on a power play to end the night for Houle.

The most offence of the period was in the last minute as Chad Spurr cut the Dundas lead to 4-2. Seconds later, Ryan Christie scored his first of four goals for Dundas only to have John Kozoriz of the Blast score with 17 seconds left to play.

The offensive onslaught continued as DeCiantis rocketed a slap shot from top of the circle. The teams continued to battle offensively and physically, and for the second time on the night, DeCiantis scored to re-establish a three goal lead for Dundas.

Brantford answered with not just one, but three goals to tie the game at 7-7 heading into the final period. Brantford goal scorers in the second were Ryan Healy, Andrew Taylor, and Aaron Brand.

An exciting start to the third featured DeCiantis scoring his third goal of the night. The McCoys went on the offence as Christie scored three times in the frame.

Brand got only goal of the period for Brantford.

Last Sunday in Coldwater, DeCiantis scored four times giving him seven goals on the weekend and Christie once for a weekend total of five. Tyler Peloton, Mike Amide, and Nick Smith had the other goals.