Which team in Major League Hockey is the hottest team on the road, and which one is the coldest at home: The Dundas Real McCoys.
General Manager Don Robertson, and his coaches Ken Mann and assistant Ron Bernacci would like the road record to stay intact (four wins to date), for the entire season thank you very much. However, you can have the home stand numbers (three losses). All of which leaves them in second place, three points back of the Whitby Dunlops with a game in hand.
Last Friday night, the last place Orillia Tundra came into the JL Grightmire Arena, and skated off with 7-1 victory. It could have been worse, but Andy Boudreau connected for the McCoys with 12 minutes left to play. The following night at Whitby, they bounced back with a 7-4 win against the league leaders.
“It just keeps getting worse at home. Right now, it seems we couldn’t win an inter-squad game. I think we are going to have the guys meet in Caledonia Friday night and bring them in by bus,” said Robertson.
Over the course of the two weekend games, goalkeeper Dan Turple faced 87 shots.
“We are doing much better on the larger ice it seems. In Whitby with just 11 skaters, we beat the first team, but the night before we got hammered at home by the last place team. I have no clue what’s next, none of us do.”
“The good news in all of this is that we can grab first place Friday night against Whitby at home, it should be a beauty.” added Robertson. Game time for this matchup in the JL Grightmire is 7:45 p.m.
A major bright spot in this dark tunnel the Real McCoys are working their way through has been the play of first year player Matt Smith, who has tallied at least one point in each game that he has played this year for the club.
“Smith showed why he is such a pure goal scorer last Saturday at Whitby as he shelved some beauties,” said Robertson.
He is currently tied for second in League scoring one point behind leader Peter MacKellar of Whitby. Smith has eight goals and as many assists for 16 points in six games. Teammate TJ Sakaluk also has 16 points, as does Leiland Gauley of Orillia. Sakaluk has five goals and 11 assists.
At Whitby, Smith hit a game high with four goals against the Dunlops. Sakaluk added a goal and three assists with singles by Nathan Tennant and Mike Amodeo. Brad Kenny set up three of the scoring plays.
The previous night at home, Gauley scored twice and assisted on two more goals by the Tundra. Jesse Cook added a pair with single goals by Matt Raymond, John Vecchiarelli, and Craig Woods.