Real McCoys open playoffs in Brantford

Orillia Tundras' John Vecchiarelli (19) and Stacey Britstone (18) lunge for the puck, but Bryan Worosz shuts the door for Dundas in a 6-1 victory last Sunday. (Photos: Mike Pearson)

Dundas Real McCoys finished in third place in the Major League Hockey with a 6-1 victory over Orillia Tundras in their last game of the season last Sunday (Feb. 27) night in the JL Grightmire Arena. It was the McCoys’ second home victory of the current campaign.

Chad Spurr scored three times last Friday as Brantford Blast won 7-4 over the McCoys with hopes of grabbing second place two nights later. However, it was a good night for the Dundas United Way Neighbourhood Committee, which raised several hundred dollars through the sale of Real McCoys tickets for the game.

Brantford Blast, by virtue of its 5-3 win over Norwood Vipers in the Brantford Community Centre on Sunday night finished in second place with 26 points. Dundas came in third with 11 wins, nine losses, three overtime losses and a shootout loss for 26 points. However, the Blast took second based on more victories.

Norwood came fourth with 23 points.

Dundas and Brantford will meet again Friday night (March 4) in Brantford at 7:30 p.m. in the opening game for the best-of-seven MLH first round playoff.

“We had every opportunity to have home ice advantage, and just blew it,” said general manager Don Robertson. “That said, we won nine road games and two home games, so I’m not convinced that we’ll spend time worrying about it. Travel wise, Brantford is just up the road and the rivalry is huge for both sides. They are pretty easy to dislike based on past history.

“We don’t have any major injuries, so we should be all set to get going, and the return of (Ryan) Christie, (Justin) Davis, (Rob) DeCiantis, and now (Mark) Jooris will add the experience that we can use in the playoffs.

“Last Sunday was a difficult game because Orillia was already out (of the playoffs). I give Tom Ruff, the Tundras owner, credit for brining a competitive club down here for a game that meant nothing more than pride for them. It was a great spot for Jooris to get going again, and he did with a couple of assists,” Robertson added.

“It would have been nice to see TJ (Sakaluk) get a few points and move up the scoring ladder. He deserves it, he is a good kid.”

Scoring for Dundas last Sunday were Brad Kenny, with a pair, and singles going to Matt Smith, DeCiantis, Christie, and Davis. Jooris, Sakaluk, Cam Watson, and Shawn Shewchuk set up two scoring plays each. Replying for the Tundras was Leiland Gauley.

Last Friday in addition to Spurr’s three-goal effort, goals went to Jon Jankus with a pair, and Tyler Pelton and Travis Lisabeth with singles. Pelton assisted on two goals, and Lisabeth was in on three others.

Spurr’s five goals and single assist for the Blast over the weekend gave him the MLH scoring title by a four-point margin over Whitby Dunlops Peter MacKellar. Spurr finished with 23 goals and 25 assists for 48 points in 23 games. MacKellar was 24 and 20 for 44 points in 22 games. Teammate Jason McAuley came third with a 22-22-44 record in 23 games

Dundas goals were scored by Christie with two (on power plays), and singles by Davis and Mike Kennedy. Christie set up a third goal. Sakaluk assisted on three scoring plays with Smith setting up two others.