McCoys expect test with weekend games

Mike Amodeo, with a goal and two assists, propelled the Dundas Real McCoys to a 5-4 victory over the Brantford Blast in Major League Hockey action last Friday night (Oct. 29) in the Brantford Civic Centre.

The victory was the club’s second in three games with the loss coming in a 6-5 overtime decision for the Whitby Dunlops.

Friday night (Nov. 5), the McCoys, take on Brantford in a return match at 7:45 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena. A share of first place is already at stake. Sunday’s match at Norwood against the Vipers is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Brantford and Dundas were a shot apart on the night, 46-45, in Brantford’s favour and the Blast even had the advantage of a successful penalty shot by Travis Lisabeth at 8:12 of the second period, but the Valley Town prevailed on the scoreboard. The Blast’s penalty shot came as a result of Lisabeth being hauled down while on a breakaway.

Three regulars were missing from the action last Friday. Shawn Shewchuk was writing an exam while Matt Smith and Chris Wismer had work commitments.

“We were a bit short staffed this week, but we played a smart road game and the kids came through for us. We got some great goaltending from Bryan Worosz in his first start of the season. It really helps when you have two good goalies to call on,” said McCoys general manager Don Robertson.

“This weekend, the real test will come when we play two games, with Brantford in town at the Grightmire on Friday, and Sunday we’re at Norwood against the first place Vipers. Norwood is undefeated, so that will be a good test for us,” said Robertson.

Last Friday, Brantford opened the scoring at 3:29 of the first period on a goal by Ryan Stephenson only to have the Real McCoys storm back with three unanswered goals by Andy Boudreau, Tom Brown, and Amodeo.

With Dundas, in front, 3-1 early in the middle period, Brantford narrowed the gap on Lisabeth’s penalty shot, but Real McCoys Nathan Tennant restored the two-goal lead. In the third, the Blast outscored Dundas 2-1 on goals by Greg Bullock, and Stephenson. TJ Sakaluk provided the McCoys with the margin of victory.