Dundas Real McCoys exemplified the character of their team this past weekend, bouncing back from a heart-breaking shootout loss Friday night to earn two points on Saturday for a three-point weekend in Major League Hockey action.
On Friday (Dec. 11), the Real McCoys fell 5-4 to the Whitby Dunlops after trailing 2-0 in the early going of the senior A contest. The following night they poured on the pressure in overtime with Dan Pitre finding the net on a tic-tac-toe scoring play set up by Ryan Healy and Rob DeCiantis for a 6-5 victory over the Vipers at Norwood.
The Real McCoys return to action for Scotiabank Teddy Bear Toss Night in the JL Grightmire Arena Friday (Dec.18) against the Orillia-Coldwater Tundras. Santa Claus will also visit and the Grisdale Food Drive continues throughout the month of December.
“It was a pretty good weekend, getting three out of four points, but I would like to have shut Whitby down because they lost to Orillia, Saturday…but that’s what makes a small league strong,” said Don Robertson, general manager of the McCoys. “We would like to grab four points this weekend as we head into the Christmas break. We may also be adding a couple of guys soon if Santa’s good to us.”
Dundas continues to be plagued by late starts, and it was evident against the Dunnies, even though the McCoys were sporting new jerseys in support of the Valley Town becoming Kraft Hockeyville 2010.
Despite pouring on the offense in the first period, the McCoys found themselves in a hole and down two goals heading into the second period. Frustrations got the best of the players with the McCoys and Dunlops combining for 74 minutes in penalties. Inspired by the play of Ryan (Manny) Kuwabara, Dundas got back into the game in the third as Kuwabara scored twice and added two assists including a helper on Nick Smith’s game-tying goal with less than a minute to play. Ryan Christie added the other goal.
Overtime solved nothing as McCoys goalkeeper Brett Leggat played superbly to keep the Dunlops’ high-powered offence at bay. At the same time, Dundas could not solve goaltender TJ Rudnicki, out shooting the Dunnies 4-2 in the frame.
In the shootout round, he was equally as tough turning away all three Dundas shooters to secure the victory.
Dundas had no time to dwell on the loss as they traveled to Peterborough to battle the Vipers.
It was not long before the McCoys got on the scoreboard with Healy opening up the offense for the McCoys in the first frame. The club showed how effective its powerplay could be as they converted three special team plays into goals.
Regulation did not provide enough time for either team to score the go-ahead-goal, and the game headed once again into overtime. Frank Grandits, Smith, Justin Davis, and Healy, with his second, completed the scoring.