Dundas Real McCoys looked like they were in mid-season form Friday night (Nov. 6) winning their home opener 5-2 against the Norwood Vipers and completing the sweep of the home-and-home Major League Hockey series two nights later, 7-3 in Norwood.
The Real McCoys have several new faces on their senior A roster that will provide some valuable experience. “[Ryan] Kuwabara is going to be a premier player… He’ll be a real treat to watch all year,” said general manager and co-coach Don Robertson.
Early in the first period on Friday, Norwood opened the scoring on their first shot of the game. A slap shot by Mike Banks beat Dundas goalie Brett Leggat.
Dundas answered with a goal by Rob DeCiantis off a cross-ice pass from John Neal. A cross check by Viper Steve Thomas gave Dundas a powerplay 18 seconds after the goal. Tom Brown connected on a blistering slapshot from the point that hit the post and beat Norwood goalie, Jeff Quinlan.
Norwood tied the game when a pass from Thomas sent Adrian Wilson away on a break away.
Good goaltending and defence were the story in the second period. A fanned clearing attempt by Dundas led to a breakaway opportunity for Norwood but Leggat was able to stack the pads and make an incredible save, keeping the game tied at 2-2.
Finally, with 13.3 seconds remaining in the period, captain Mike Kennedy scored to give Dundas a 3-2 lead. Kennedy received the first star of the game, when his goal proved to be the winner.
Dundas did all the scoring in the third period with two short-handed goals by Neal and Ryan Christie. Christie slipped between two Viper defenders, after blocking a shot attempt, and lifted the puck past Quinlan with the two players draped over him.
In Norwood on Sunday night, the Vipers again opened the scoring. However, undisciplined play from the home squad led to powerplay goals for Frank Grandits and Mike Kennedy, giving Dundas a 2-1 lead after the first period.
Sustained pressure and good goaltending by Dundas enabled the Real McCoys to extend their lead to 4-1 in the second period. Justin Davis and first star of the game, Mike Amodeo, recorded their first goals of the season. Amodeo added two more including an empty net goal, for a three-goal night.
Robertson said Amodeo was “in the right place at the right time” and gave a “pretty gritty effort” as the veterans had to step up because of a shortened bench.
Backup goalie Bryan Worosz provided “outstanding goaltending,” said Robertson. Worosz stopped all Norwood shots in the period, as Dundas outshot Norwood 15-5.
Norwood attempted a comeback opening the third period with a powerplay goal, but Dundas proved too tough an opponent, and scored three more times in the period.
Dundas is looking to extend its winning streak to four on Friday night (Nov. 13) when they face the first place Whitby Dunlops at 7:45 p.m. in Dundas’ J.L. Grightmire Arena. The Dunlops, with 10 points, have three games in hand over the third place Real McCoys, who have six points.