Dundas Real McCoys have done it again – they’ve won another game on home ice.
Last Sunday (March 6) Brad Kenny’s overtime goal lifted the McCoys into a two-game lead in their best-of-seven Major League Hockey semi-final series as they topped the Brantford Blast, 6-5, in the JL Grightmire Arena.
Two nights earlier at Brantford, the McCoys doubled the count on Brantford, 4-2, as Mike Kennedy, Cam Watson, Justin Davis, and Shawn Shewchuk each recorded two-point nights. Kennedy, Watson, and Davis had a goal and an assist each with Shewchuk setting up two scoring plays.
TJ Sakaluk added the other goal on a power play. Kyle McNeil and Travis Lisabeth replied for the Blast.
The two teams meet again Wednesday night (March 9) in the Brantford Community Centre. Game four is Friday (March 11) back in the Grightmire at 7:30 p.m. The clubs tied 5-5 during their 10-game regular season series with one game ending in Brantford’s favour in overtime.
“You can’t ask for a better start. We played smartly, I thought in both games. We kept it simple which is our player style,” said general manager Don Robertson. “This may very well be a long series. I thought (goalie Jeff) Maund was strong in game one, and (goalie Bryan) Worosz got the job done on Sunday. This Friday at home will be a big game for us.”
Brantford got the early lead when Brian Muir scored 21 seconds into the game. Greg Bullock connected on a power play with Brad Jones, Ryan Stephenson, and Jon Jankus adding the other goals.
Dan Pitre tied the score at 1-1 with a powerplay goal before Mike Amodeo, Ryan Christie, and Matt Smith connected. Smith’s effort gave the McCoys a 4-3 lead before Justin Davis appeared to have put the game away with his breakaway goal at 6:46 of the second period. However, the game is never over until it’s over as Stephenson and Jankus proved for the Blast.
However, all good things come to an end, and so it was for Brantford when Kenny fired a high shot past goalkeeper Ben Thomas.
Best-of-seven semi-final playoff schedule, Dundas vs. Brantford (Dundas leads 2-0).
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., at Brantford.
Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., at Dundas.
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m., at Brantford.
Game 6, to be announced, if necessary.
Game 7, Friday, March 18, 7.30 p.m. at Brantford, if necessary.