Will home ice jinx Real McCoys’ playoff hopes?

The Dundas Real McCoys are facing their toughest test of the 2010-11 Major League Hockey season: they must win two of their last four games to ensure they keep second placed in the standings.

It does not sound like a tall order except all four games are at home, and three of those games are back-to-back against their long-time foe, the Brantford Blast. The McCoys have yet to win at home this season. Their nine victories have come on the road.

The action begins in earnest for the McCoys Friday (Feb. 11) in the JL Grightmire Arena against the Blast. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

Last Friday night (Feb 4), the McCoys downed the Blast 9-6 in the Brantford Community Centre before falling 4-3 to the Dunlops at Whitby to conclude their 12 game road schedule with nine wins, two losses and an overtime loss. Dundas has won four of the past seven games against Brantford, and has outscored them 42-38 in those games.

Four teams will qualify for the playoffs.

“We have had two good games on the road, and now we are coming back home to finish the schedule. We have four straight at home, knowing that we will make a statement to the rest of the League. We’ll take our home rink back with some wins,” said general manager Don Robertson.

“We need a couple more wins to grab a playoff spot and home ice advantage. We also have three player cards left to bolster the roster with, and we still hope to get some of the guys that we are after.”

One of those players could be all-time scoring leader Mark Jooris.

Shawn Shewchuk paced the McCoys on Friday with three goals. Teammate Justin Davis added two goals and two assists with single goals going to Chris McLean, Cam Watson, Dan Pitre, and Paul Lawson. McLean, Watson, and Pitre also drew single assists with TJ Sakaluk and Ryan Christie setting up three plays apiece.

Jon Jankus and Brad Jones scored twice each for the Blast.

The following night in Whitby’s Iroquois Arena, Matt Smith scored twice for Dundas with McLean adding a single. Peter MacKellar scored three times and added an assist with Adam Van Dam rounding out the scoring for Whitby.