Dundas Real McCoys won in an overtime thriller against the Baltimore Clippers 5-4 as Shawn Maltby scored the winner, his second of the night in JL Grightmire Arena last Friday night (March 13).
That advanced the Real McCoys to the John Ross Robertson Cup best-of-seven final. The Ontario Major League Hockey showdown opens tonight (Friday) against the Whitby Dunlops at the Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m. Dundas eliminated the Clippers 4-1.
“It was a great game for our fans, but not for my blood pressure,” said Dundas general manager and co-coach Don Robertson. “We hit their goalposts twice and had two goals called back…bottom line is we won.”
Baltimore, too, hit one goalpost and had a goal disallowed.
McCoys got off to a fast start as Ryan Christie scored just one minute into the game.
Goalkeeper Brett Leggat was the story for Dundas. He stopped all 17 shots fired at him in the first period to maintain the Real McCoys’ lead.
Tyler Pelton scored early in the second to give Dundas a two-goal lead. Baltimore was able to cut the McCoys lead to one when Chris Jones scored to break Leggat’s shutout bid with six minutes left to play in frame.
Randy Uens tied the game for Baltimore only to have Dundas re-establish the lead on a goal by Shawn Maltby as the second ended.
Baltimore pulled even in the third when Ben Blakeley scored and the Clippers then took the lead on John Clarke’s goal. Dundas refused to roll over and play dead as Christie scored his second goal of the night on a play engineered by Mike Amodeo.
When neither team was able to break the deadlock after regulation time, the match went to sudden death overtime.
In the final frame of the series both Leggat and Baltimore’s Derek Dolson kept the score tied and made overtime interesting for the fans and stressful for both coaches. Baltimore had several good chances to win, but could not put the puck in the net. Mid-way through the period Dundas got a glorious chance to win on a powerplay, and Maltby, with his second goal of the night put the game away.