It was a night of frustration as nothing worked for the newly energized Dundas Real McCoys last Friday (Jan, 21) as they fell 7-2 to the league leading Whitby Dunlops in Major League Hockey action in the JL Grightmire Arena.
Action heats up this weekend as Dundas meets the Brantford Blast head on Friday (Jan. 28) at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Community Centre. In other action, the Orillia Tundra travel to Whitby to play the Dunnies on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Iroquois Arena while the Blast wind up the weekend action on Sunday when they travel to Orillia for a match in West Orillia Sports Centre. Game time is 7:45 p.m.
Whitby leads the loop with 14 wins, two losses, two overtime losses, and a shootout loss following back-to-back wins over the McCoys and Norwood Vipers (6-2) on the weekend. Norwood, which lost both of its games on the weekend (Orillia 5-2 last Sunday), failed to gain any ground on Dundas.
The second place McCoys are 8-6-2-1 in 17 games, however, they hold two games in hand on both the Vipers and Whitby.
“The news about our schedule is we have more home games than road games – we play the next three on the road and hopefully carry on with the winning ways,” said general manager Don Robertson.
“The guys play and do as they are asked on the road, but at home the message isn’t getting through…”keep it simple. The fans are getting frustrated, and who can blame them, clearly at 8-1 on the road, we can win, but just not for them at home…but we will.”
“It’s getting hard not to think that Hockeyville 2010 hasn’t jinxed us at home. We have only lost about four games at home over the past two years, and now we have this,” added Robertson.
Whitby, which put the game away with four third period goals, last Friday, got two goals each from Dan Torres, Adam Van Dam and Pete MacKellar and one from Jason McAuley. Dundas replied with single goals by Cam Watson and Matt Smith.
Dundas outshot Whitby 39-34, but the edge went to the Dunlops as they scored twice on five powerplay chances while the McCoys went zero for four.
One can almost hear the late Casey Stengel muttering about the 1962 New York Mets…”Can’t anybody here play this game?”