McCoys’ loss tightens race for second place

Sometimes you just can’t win for trying.

Last Friday night (Jan. 14), the Dundas Real McCoys skated onto the JL Grightmire Arena ice full of confidence. Ryan Christie, Mike Kennedy, and Rob DeCiantis were back and defenceman Allan Rourke and goalkeeper Jeff Maund had shored up the club defensively, or so thought general manager Don Robertson.

However, Adrian Wilson with his third goal of the game gave Norwood Vipers a 5-4 overtime Major League Hockey victory over the Real McCoys.

With the defeat, second place Dundas witnessed an end to its three-game winning streak, and now sits eight points behind the league-leading Whitby Dunlops. Norwood is a point behind the Real McCoys in third spot. Brantford Blast with a pair of wins over Whitby (6-5) and Norwood (5-3) on the weekend moved to within two points of the Vipers and three of Dundas

“It will take some time for the new and old guys to adjust to each other, but we really like the mix that we have at this point,” said Robertson. “Last Friday night was an exciting game in front a great crowd, but we still need to find a way to hold the lead, and make it hard for other teams to play here. It’s coming, but so is (next) Christmas.”

“Friday night (Jan. 21), we get the Dunlops who have been in first all year. It should be fun, and a good test for us, said Robertson. In the lone game of the weekend, Whitby travels to Dundas for a 7:45 p.m. faceoff against the McCoys in the Grightmire.

The Dunnies lead the loop both on the power play (26.26 percent) and on the penalty kill (88.17) while Dundas is second with special team marks of 23.40 percent and 82.14 percent.

Last Friday’s match featured a salute and presentation by the Real McCoys to Leslie Watson and Barry Forth, the co-chairs of the Gotta Be Dundas Kraft Hockeyville Committee that began and completed Dundas’ quest to be Kraft Hockeyville 2010.

Selected from the more than 12,500 submissions, the community of fewer than 25,000 people located northwest of Hamilton received a National Hockey League pre-season game between the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres plus $100,000 in arena upgrades and a visit from Hockey Night in Canada.

“On behalf of the McCoys organization, we are proud of Barry and Leslie and the Hockeyville gang for what they have done. It was great to have them all on Friday, and for them to receive such a show of appreciation from the fans,” added Robertson.

Scoring for Dundas were DeCiantis, Justin Davis, TJ Sakaluk, and Steve Hurst with Dan Pitre and Christie setting up two goals each as the club held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 against the Vipers who kept up a relentless attack against the McCoys. In addition to Wilson’s three goals, Norwood got a pair from Darren Doherty. Cory Johnston set up three scoring plays.