Vipers force McCoys to a deciding game

Dundas Real McCoys are ready for the game of their lives.

Thursday night (April 7) is for all the marbles, and Ryan Christie, Mike Kennedy, and Mark Jooris are ready. What’s at stake is the club’s fourth consecutive trip to the Allan Cup Tournament, emblematic of supremacy in senior A hockey.

With Norwood’s 5-2 win on Tuesday (April 5), the Vipers forced Game Seven in the Major League Hockey John Ross Robertson Cup championship series. The puck drops at 8 p.m. at the JL Grightmire Arena. The ticket office at the arena will be open during the day until game time.

“This will be the second game seven in 11 seasons for the Real McCoys, the first one being in 2003, when they defeated the Petrolia Squires on an overtime goal by Mike Millar,” noted Dundas manager Don Robertson. McCoys won the Robertson Cup that year, and played host to the Tim Hortons Allan Cup Tournament.

“This will be a test of effort for the McCoys. Those hard-working Vipers will be loaded for bear, and we’ll work to secure our fourth straight trip to the Allan Cup. Regardless, this should be a beauty of a game,” said Robertson.

Tuesday night, Jordan Freeland scored twice (once into an empty net) and set up another Norwood goal. Cory Johnston and Ryan Toms added the others.

Cam Watson and Paul Lawson replied for the McCoys. For the third consecutive game, neither side scored a powerplay goal.