Penalty shots can work for you or against you. Last Friday night a botched penalty shot by the Brantford Blast worked in favour of the Dundas Real McCoys in their 6-5 Major League Hockey loss in the JL Grightmire Arena. It ignited them.
Sunday night at Norwood, Dundas pounced on the Vipers 10-7 with a 13-man line-up.
It was their third win of the season against a loss and an overtime loss. The club sits in second place heading into Friday’s game with the Orillia Tundra. Game time in the JL Grightmire Arena is 7:45 p.m.
Saturday night, Dundas travels to Whitby to play the Dunlops at 6:30 p.m. in the Iroquois Arena.
“(Last) Friday might have been the worst 50 minutes of hockey we have played at home in five years, and we darn near won,” said General Manager Don Robertson.
The game turned in the McCoys direction as goalkeeper Dan Turple turned aside a feeble offering on what everyone in rink thought was to be the seventh goal of the hockey game. Had the play been successful midway through the third period Dundas would have trailed 7-1.
A minute later Mike Amodeo scored on the only powerplay of the match, and the Dundasians were on their way back. But as the old saw goes, it was just too little too late, even though the McCoys presented Blast goalie Ryan Dickie with a three-man scrum in the goal crease as time ran out.
Brad Kenny followed Amadeo with a pair of goals (he scored five times and set up two more on the weekend), and Dan Pitre added a single on a blistering drive from the left point with 22 second left to play. Matt Smith had the other goal.
Brantford replied with two goals each by Kyle McNeil and Greg Bullock, and single goals by Ryan Stephenson and Travis Lisabeth.
Sunday, the club suffered through another all too familiar short-bench road game scenario, but they had the upper hand on the score sheet.
“We’re short-staffed on the road on Sunday and what happens, we win a shoot out with a big road effort,” added the mystified Dundas GM. “This Friday night we’ll have Chris Wismer and Tom Brown back on defence which should certainly help our goals against record.”
Sunday, the club picked up where it left off as Kenney netted three goals with Sakaluk and Watson adding two each. Pitre, Smith, and Amodeo each had a goal. Sakaluk and Smith hold down the fifth and sixth spots in MLH scoring after the weekend. Sakaluk has four goals and eight assists for 12 points in five games while Smith is four and seven for 11 in four game.