Coming off three-straight playoff wins, the Dundas Real McCoys looked to continue their winning ways in the Major Hockey League double round-robin playoff series heading into this past weekend.
The Real McCoys were hosts to Norwood Vipers (March 5) at the JL Grightmire Arena where tough defense and solid goaltending led them to a 6-3 victory. Saturday was not kind to the McCoys, even though they were involved in the Gotta Be Dundas Kraft Hockeyville celebrations during the day. Dundas went to Whitby with just 12 skaters and was downed 4-1 by the Dunlops.
The search for Kraft Hockeyville 2010 continues for Dundas with the CBC/Kraft Hockeyville team travelling to communities across Canada in search of Hockeyville, Canada 2010. The Valley Town is currently battling for one of the prized top 12 positions where voting will then take place in a weeks time to award a winner.
The CBC Hockey Night in Canada crew was in Dundas relishing in the great hockey community Dundas has to offer. Former Real McCoys Rick Vaive and Todd Harvey took part in the festivities, and reminded the on-lookers to remember to vote for Dundas as their choice for Kraft Hockeyville 2010.
Meanwhile, the Real McCoys displayed just how lethal they can be with the man advantage as they netted three power-play goals on seven opportunities. At the other end, Dundas’ stifling defence prevented the Vipers from getting anything going on the power play and stopped all five of Norwood’s manpower advantages.
It was a big night for Real McCoys’ forward Ryan Christie, who led the club with two goals and two assists for a four-point night. Rob DeCiantis also potted two goals while Rod Hinks and Jerry Galway added singles.
“It was a slow start for the guys out of the gate, but as the game progressed we really capitalized on our opportunities and that’s what led us to victory,” said Dundas Real McCoys head coach Ken Mann.
Riding high on that momentum, the Real McCoys looked to carry it over to Saturday when they travelled to Whitby to face-off against their rival, the Dunlops. Legs, or lack thereof, got in the way though as Dundas had just 12 skaters dressed for the match.
In spite of recording 33 shots on goal, the Real McCoys couldn’t solve Whitby goaltender Chad Ford. Sam Hurst scored the lone goal for Dundas in the 4-1 loss.
“It was a tough game for us. Having only 12 skaters demanded a lot out of our guys,” added Mann. “Destiny lies in our hands at this point, we can’t worry about Whitby or Norwood, we need to get our game to where it needs to be, and worry about the other teams later.”
The Real McCoys have two games remaining in round-robin play against Whitby and Norwood in order to clinch top spot and a berth in the Robertson Cup championship final. Whitby plays at Dundas tonight (March 12) at 7:45 p.m., and Sunday Dundas winds up the series at Norwood at 7:15 p.m. in the Asphodel-Norwood Arena.