McCoys find themselves in a real battle for second place

Dundas Real McCoys suffered their third overtime Major League Hockey loss of the season Friday night (Jan. 28), falling 5-4 to the Blast in the Brantford Community Centre.

Brantford, with back-to-back wins, moved into second place in the standings. The McCoys third straight loss dropped them into third place, even though they and Brantford have 20 points each. The Blast have second because of one more win than Dundas.

The loss to Brantford – a rare road defeat for Dundas – leaves the Real McCoys dangerously close to being overtaken by the Norwood Vipers (18 points), and the Orillia Tundra (16 points), a situation which general manager Don Robertson is eyeing anxiously.

“We played well enough to win in Brantford, but we missed some great chances to put it away. Overall though it was a good effort.”

“The club has a big weekend coming up on the road and we need some points because the standings are getting tight with four teams wanting one of three spots,” said Robertson.

The McCoys have an impressive 8-wins-1-loss-1-overtime loss-record playing on the road. At home they are still looking for their first win, and have a 0-5-2-1 (shootout loss) mark.

Friday night (Feb. 4), the McCoys re-visit the Brantford Community Centre at 7:30 p.m. and the following day they meet the league-leading Dunlops at 6:30 p.m. in Whitby’s Iroquois Sports Complex. Whitby is 14-2-2-2 on the season.

In Brantford on Friday, Cam Watson led the way for Dundas with a goal and an assist with TJ Sakaluk (18th), Matt Smith, and Mike Kennedy adding the other markers. Brad Kenny set up two of the scoring plays giving him 28 points on the season. Greg Bullock replied with a pair of goals including the overtime winner for Brantford with Tyler Pelton and Jason Skinner adding a goal and an assist each. Travis Lisabeth added a single goal.