McCoys eye first place as regular season finale nears

Dundas Real McCoys moved into a tie for first place in the Major League Hockey standings with the Whitby Dunlops following back-to-back victories this weekend.

The Real McCoys remain undefeated against the Orillia/Coldwater Tundras this season winning 10-4 last Friday night. It was the third time this season and second time against the Tundras, the team reached double-digit scoring.

The victory was followed by a 5-3 win over the Norwood Vipers two nights later. The two points earned by Dundas brought them into a share of the league lead. The team has a good chance to take possession of first with a game-in-hand over rival Whitby.

Dundas is scheduled to host Whitby tomorrow night (Friday) in the JL Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m. before travelling to the home of the Dunnies (Iroquois Arena) the following day for a 3:30 p.m. faceoff.

The McCoys round out their regular season next weekend when Orillia visits on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:45 pm in the Grightmire before playing their final game against the Tundras the next day at 3 p.m. in Copps Coliseum. This game marks the first time ever that a regular season MLH game will be played in Copps Coliseum. Whitby winds up its campaign in the Asphodel Arena in Norwood on St. Valentine’s Day at 7:15 p.m.

“The weekend sweep puts first place destiny in our hands, having to play Whitby home-and-home this weekend will likely determine the final standings,” said McCoys’ general manager Don Robertson.

Dundas scored three and a half minutes into the game on Friday and never looked back.

The line of Nick Smith, Ryan Kuwabara, and Ryan Christie continues to score in bunches. The trio combined for 11 points, including a three-goal game by Smith. Justin Davis contributed five assists.

The game was out of reach for Orillia after Dundas scored five unanswered goals in the second period. Dundas’ range of offensive skill was on display in the third period scoring an even-strength, power play, and shorthanded goal.

Orillia managed two goals in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the third period. The Tundras scored four times in the only period of the game that they outshot Dundas.

Newly acquired goalie Dan Turple got a win stopping 19 of the 23 shots that he faced. Dundas took 30 shots on the Tundras’ goal.

Dundas found themselves down a goal after the second period in their game Sunday night in Norwood despite out-shooting the Vipers, 31-15, to that point.

Shawn Shewchuk proved to be the third period hero for Dundas. The Real McCoys persevered and took the lead after captain Mike Kennedy tied the game as he took a pass from Shewchuk. Shewchuk then assisted on Smith’s game-winning goal and added an empty-netter of his own.

The game witnessed strong performances by both goalies. Turple remains undefeated while Viper Ryan Aschaber received the game’s third star in the losing cause, stopping 42 of 46 shots thrown his way.