Home is where the heart is… but no wins for Dundas

The Dundas Real McCoys almost did it Friday night (Nov. 19).

They almost won their first home game of the 2010-11 Major League Hockey season, but fell in a spirited affair, 2-1, to the first-place Whitby Dunlops at the JL Grightmire Arena.

Friday night (Nov. 26), the Real McCoys will take on the Brantford Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Community Centre before returning home next week.

The McCoys sport the best road won-lost record in the MLH (4-0-0-0), but they still cannot convert at home and even a threatened bus trip from Caledonia for the players failed to generate desired results.

McCoys’ Cam Watson opened the scoring eight minutes into the first period with his third goal in the past two games, and Dundas appeared to be on its way. But Tom Kotsopoulos proved to be the dealmaker for the Dunnies as he set up Shane Terry with the equalizer at 18:22 of the first period, and then notched the game-winner on an unassisted play at 8:05 of the middle stanza. There was no scoring in the third.

“Friday night was a great hockey game, maybe the best of the year for us, sadly we came up short again, but it wasn’t from lack of effort,” said general manager Don Robertson.

Conspicuous by their absence from the Dundas line-up were defencemen Omar Ennaffati and Mike Lankshear. Robertson noted that, “Omar is back now after three weeks of training for work and Lankshear is a month away from playing.”

“We will add a couple pieces to the club before we are back home next week. I have traded the rights for Brett Leggat to Brantford (Blast) for Steve Hurst. Hurst will add depth on defence and will bring a good attitude to the team. We didn’t really give anything up to get him because Leggat quit the team last year when (Dan) Turple showed up,” said Don.

Leggat played for Tillsonburg in 2007-08, and came to Dundas when the Vipers ceased to operate. He teamed with former Hamilton Bulldogs netminder Mike Minard in 2008-09. Last season, he and Bryan Worosz shared netminding until the McCoys signed former Atlanta Thrasher prospect Dan Turple. Leggat then left the team.