Hot goalie stymies Real McCoys

The Real McCoys suffered a heart breaking 5-4 shootout loss to Norwood Vipers in Major League Hockey action in Dundas’ JL Grightmire Arena. Dundas gets a shot at redemption Friday night (Dec. 4) when they again play host to Norwood at home. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

Norwood came out of the gate on Nov. 27 with a strong attack, catching the McCoys flatfooted. The Vipers sailed to an early 3-0 lead midway through the game. The McCoys undisciplined play resulted in two power-play goals for Norwood.

“We had a slow start. We were down 3-0 right off the bat…we weren’t really skating,” said coach Ken Mann. “The boys were standing around hoping things would happen. When we started working hard late in the game we played well.

“We outshot them heavily (48-22), but it shows what a hot goaltender (Ryan Aschaber) can do for your team.”

Dundas settled down, however, as Jerry Galway put Dundas on the score sheet and back into the game late in the second. That offense carried over into the third period when back-to-back goals by Mike Amodeo and Justin Davis carried the club to a 4-4 overtime tie.

The clubs battled through five-minutes of overtime with the Real McCoys out-shooting the Vipers, 4-2, while ringing one shot off the crossbar and another off the right goalpost.

Unfortunately, the Real McCoys first taste of a shoot-out this year came with Aschaber displaying a hot hand. He stopped all three McCoys’ shooters, handing them their second loss in as many games.