Tundras melt before red hot McCoys shooters


Newly acquired Dan Turple turned in a stellar performance last Friday as Dundas Real McCoys trounced the Orillia Tundras 11-3 in the JL Grightmire Arena. (Photo: Karen Robillard)

Newly acquired Dan Turple turned in a stellar performance last Friday as Dundas Real McCoys trounced the Orillia Tundras 11-3 in the JL Grightmire Arena. (Photo: Karen Robillard)

Dundas Real McCoys have been leaving sunburns on the backs of opposing netminders’ necks lately, with the goal light going off more and more each game.

Dundas battled Orillia/Coldwater in a home-and-home senior A hockey series over the (Jan. 22) weekend in which the McCoys were hosts on Friday and then visited the Tundras on Saturday. Dundas won the games, 11-3 and 7-5.

Dundas currently sits two points behind the league-leading Whitby Dunlops but the McCoys have two games in hand. They are in the midst of their second five-game winning streak of the season.

An enormous reason for the McCoys’ current success has been a commitment to a defense-first strategy, which has resulted in a league-leading 63 goals-against this season. The combination of such a dominating defence and strong goaltending has made the Valley Town crew a force to be reckoned with.

There should be considerable animosity carrying over to Friday (Jan. 29) when Dundas welcomes Orillia to the JL Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

With only six games remaining in the regular season schedule for the McCoys, every point is a crucial one.

It was a blowout last Friday when the Real McCoys posted a season high 11 goals. Ryan Kuwabara led the offensive surge posting two goals and two assists. Mike Kennedy, Shawn Shewchuk, Nick Smith, Ryan Christie, Mike Amodeo and Frank Grandits were just a few of the McCoy’s whose names re-appeared on the score sheet. Shewchuk, Smith, and Christie scored twice each.

The McCoys showed how much of a threat they can be when playing even-strength, scoring 11 times on 30 shots. The game marked the debut of newly acquired goaltender Dan Turple, who faced 29 Orillia drives.

The six-six, 220-pound netminder had played 36 games in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Chicago Wolves. He has logged more than 100 games in the East Coast Hockey League with the Gwinnett Gladiators and the Utah Grizzlies.

The Tundras had more to prove the following night at Coldwater after suffering their worst loss of the season. Unfortunately for the Tundras, Dundas’ offensive potency had waned.

Kennedy (two goals), Shewchuk, and Grandits carried over their hot streaks into Saturday’s game, combining for eight points. Rob DeCiantis. Justin Davis and Ryan Healy added single goals. Brian Worosz made clutch saves in the Dundas goal, stopping 27 shots for his seventh win of the season.