McCoys get jump start to new year

McCoys Ryan Christie battles Whitby’s Chad Ford (1) for the loose puck.  Dundas won 4-3. (Photo: Karen Robillard)

McCoys Ryan Christie battles Whitby’s Chad Ford (1) for the loose puck. Dundas won 4-3. (Photo: Karen Robillard)

Dundas Real McCoys rang in the New Year on a high note this past weekend by defeating the Whitby Dunlops and the Orillia Tundras on consecutive nights.

Dundas opened the senior hockey league’s 2010 schedule with back-to-back victories, and their fans can look forward to more of the same Friday night when the McCoys are hosts to Norwood Vipers, in their only game of the weekend, in JL Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m.

The Real McCoys received yet another strong performance from goaltender Brett Leggat, who posted 41 saves to give Dundas the 4-3 victory and earned him his fifth win of the season. The win was a four-pointer for the McCoys in terms of the standings.

There were some scary moments in the second and third periods when Leggat ventured out of his net to handle the puck like a skater, and almost got caught. In the third, it did cost him and one of his trips led to a goal that gave life to the Dunnies.

The next night, Dundas maintained its winning ways and cruised to a 6-3 victory in Orillia.

“Well, it’s a great way to start the New Year. Our objective as a team is to get into first and earn home-ice advantage in the playoffs. In order to reach that goal we need to win clutch games, like we did against Whitby at home,” said Real McCoys’ general manager Don Robertson.

“We’ve proved to ourselves we can skate with any club in this league, and (now) we’re really starting to gel as a team.”

Despite a quiet first period, last Friday, the McCoys opened the floodgates in the second period, putting four goals past Whitby goaltender Chad Ford. Nick Smith scored his team-leading ninth goal as Steve Hurst, Frank Grandits and Ryan Christie added the others as part of the club’s offensive effort.

Kyle Ventura scored twice for Whitby.

The momentum carried overnight as the McCoys travelled to Coldwater, Saturday evening to face-off against the Tundras.

A high-powered offensive display in the second period was the story once again as the Real McCoys posted four goals, and never looked back. Shawn Shewchuk (two goals), and Justin Davis (three goals) combined for a remarkable five of the six-goal outburst. Tom Brown added a single.

Despite scoring six, the Real McCoys were challenged defensively, however, the strong goaltending by Bryan Worosz, and solid back checking proved too much for the Tundras.

Dennis Dewar scored twice and set up another scoring play.