Home ice just not friendly for Real McCoys

Dundas Real McCoys scored three times in the third period en route to a 6-4 victory over the Norwood Vipers in the second half of a home-and-home series in Major League Hockey Sunday night (Dec. 19) in Asphodel-Norwood Arena.

The McCoys iced 11 skaters for the game at Norwood and won the contest, netting four power play goals on six opportunities. The Vipers put 17 players on the ice and came up short.

“I have never seen anything like this in 30 years. How we seem to be almost unbeatable on the road with a short bench, but can’t win at home. Last Friday, at home was a good effort and that will translate into wins at home shortly, I hope,” said general manager Don Robertson, whose charges find themselves in second place in the five-team loop with a game in hand on the Vipers.

The teams traded goals through the first two periods; however, in the third when Dundas should have tired, the Real McCoys got hot, out-scoring Norwood 3-1 for the win. Shawn Shewchuk scored twice and added an assist with Chris McLean, Patrick Sweeney, Mike Amodeo, and Brad Kenny adding one each. TJ Sakaluk had two assists, and combined with his goal two nights earlier, now sits in a three-way tie for second place in league scoring with 24 points.

For the Vipers, Jordan Freeland scored three times and picked up an assist with Darren Doherty adding a single goal.

Team director and alternate governor Bob Pearson said Bryan Woroz played a very strong game in goal and the players played as a closely-knit team in front of him. Their line changes were quick, and their penalty killing was superb to go along with a strong power play.

“Brad Kenny played defence like he had been there for his whole career. Justin Davis was strong on face-offs, especially in our own end when we were playing shorthanded,” said Pearson.

On Friday night, Dundas was edged 5-4 in a shootout by Norwood in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Scoring for the Real McCoys were Davis, Kenny, Cam Watson and Sakaluk. Davis’ goal brought the Teddy Bears down from the rafters in the club’s annual Christmas Teddy Bear Toss. Ryan Toms with two goals and Chad Dunlop, Doherty and Will Jones with one each replied for the Vipers.

Dundas is off now until Friday, Jan. 7 when they will play the first of two road games against the Brantford Blast in the Brantford Community Centre. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 8, they travel to the West Orillia Sports Centre to play the Orillia-Coldwater Tundra in a 4:15 p.m. puck drop.

The Real McCoys do not return to the Grightmire Arena until Friday, Jan. 14 when they again take on the Vipers. Game time is slated for 7:45 p.m.