Brantford win forces a game six at Grightmire

Last Friday, Mike Kennedy of the Real McCoys spent time in the penalty box, when his son Owen and the rest of the Oakville Rangers Novice A team that Kennedy coaches showed up - The boys wanted to give their coach some tips to better his game. Wayne Peters, right keeps an eye on the clock oblivious of the audience. (Photo: Carrie Kennedy)

For both the Dundas Real McCoys and the Brantford Blast their seasons ride on the outcome of the final two games of the Major League Hockey best-of-seven semifinal playoff series.

Dundas leads the series 3-2 in games with game six in the JL Grightmire Arena, Thursday (March 17) at 7:30 p.m. Game seven, if necessary, will be played at Brantford Friday (March 18) at 7:30 p.m.

“We knew it was going to be tough to win this series. We worked and played smart Friday, but Sunday we had some players away and it cost us,” said Dundas General Manager Don Robertson. “We can’t be missing guys and go with a short bench in the playoffs and expect to have any success.”

“The game that sends another team golfing is always the toughest (game) to win, and it isn’t going to get any easier. We have played well at home, and the guys will be ready for whatever comes at them. It’s been a great series so far.”

Last Sunday, Brantford staved off elimination with a 6-5 victory over Dundas in the Brantford Community Centre. Two nights earlier, TJ Sakaluk scored twice including one on the powerplay to give the Real McCoys a 6-3 victory. Last Wednesday, the Blast ended Dundas’ two-game winning streak with a 5-2 win in the BCC.

Last Sunday, six players did all the scoring for Brantford; Kyle McNeil, Travis Lisabeth, Jon Jankus, Greg Bullock, Chad Spurr, and Jeremy Bloomfield netted one each. Rob DeCiantis replied for the McCoys with two goals and singles by Dave Lylyk, Cam Watson, and Ryan Christie. Ironically, DeCiantis (two goals, two assists) and Mike Kennedy (four assists) had four-point games, but were unable to muffle the Blast.

Last Friday in Dundas, in addition to Sakaluk, Shawn Shewchuk, Omar Ennaffati, Justin Davis, and Watson scored once each. The Blast goals went to Chris Sebastian, Matt Turek, and Bryan Muir. In the previous game at Brantford, Jankus scored three times with McNeil and Turek picking up single goals. Lylyk and Christie replied for the McCoys.