Second place finish on the line for Real McCoys


Time is running out for the Dundas Real McCoys hopes of securing second place in the Major League Hockey standings for home ice advantage in the playoffs.

Chris Sebastian’s first of two goals off a second-period tip-in proved to be the winner in the Brantford Blast’s 6-3 decision over Dundas on Friday (Feb. 18) in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Ryan Christie scored twice and added an assist for Dundas with Paul Lawson adding a single.

Brantford’s other goals went to Travis Lisabeth, Kyle McNeil, Matt Turek, and Chad Spurr.

The McCoys still hold second spot with 24 points on 10 wins, eight losses, three overtime losses, and a shootout loss. Brantford moved to within two points of the McCoys.

Norwood Vipers, who split a weekend series, losing 5-4 to the Dunlops at Whitby on Saturday and winning 3-2 over Orillia-Coldwater Tundra at home the next night, are third with 23 points, and one game left to play and that will be against the Blast on Sunday (Feb. 27) at Brantford.

The Real McCoys control their own destiny playing Brantford Friday night at 7:45 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena. On Sunday the Orillia Tundra visits Dundas for a 7 p.m. contest. The match with the Tundra was re-scheduled from Sunday, Dec. 12.

“We need a win this Friday to secure second, so we are expecting a big effort from the guys… unlike last Friday where we laid an egg at home with a soft effort. Wins have been hard for us to find at home this year (only one), but we have played fairly well so hopefully the guys come to play this weekend with two games at home,” said general manager Don Robertson.

“Norwood’s spilt over the weekend put them into the playoffs with the seeding still left to decide who plays who. We want home ice for the playoffs, why I’m not sure, but we feel we will be better at home as we move along.”

“It has been a great race this year, and we are still sorting out the match-ups for the playoffs on the last weekend of the season,” Robertson added.