Cam Watson, with three goals, gave the Dundas Real McCoys their first win of the season 6-5 over the Norwood J.J. Stewart Motors Vipers. It was the Vipers’ Allan Cup Hockey League season opener on Friday night at the Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre.
The Vipers blew two, two-goal leads as Corey O’Brien, Will Jones and Jordan Freeland accounted for three of the Norwood goals. Dan Pitre scored Dundas’ game-winning goal with seven minutes to go in the contest on a pass from Joel Steeves.
The Vipers had several opportunities to equalize the score, but failed to capitalize. Scott Stafford and Brad Jackson had the other Dundas goals. The game was tied 2-2 after one period with Norwood taking a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.
“After falling behind early by two goals, and once again with no warm up after a long bus trip because of heavy traffic through Toronto, we were able to settle in and put pressure on their defence creating some fine scoring chances,” said associate coach Ron Bernacci. “In the second period, we gave up two powerplay goals with one coming on a 5-3 man-power advantage by Norwood.”
“Jeff Maund was outstanding in goal, making a critical save on a breakaway situation mid-way through the third period,” added Bernacci. “Our young guys worked hard throughout the game with leadership of veterans Watson, Pitre, T.J Sakaluk, and Dave Russell to carry us to victory.”
This Friday, the Real McCoys travel to the Telephone City to play the Blast in the Brantford Community Centre at 8 p.m.
Dundas’ home opener at the JL Grightmire Arena home opener is on Friday, October 28. It will be “Faceoff for the United Way Night” and tickets for this special game may be purchased at Dundas Community Services, 2 King Street West Unit 3A.
On November 5, the McCoys will again play the Vipers – their opponents in last spring’s Major Hockey League final at 3:30 p.m. That night, the Real McCoys will host the Real McCoy Pasta Dinner Night in the Copetown Lions Club Hall, 1950 Hwy 99 Rd, near the intersection of Governor’s Rd and Hwy 52 at Copetown, Ontario at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, which will feature a live band and entertainment, are $20 per person. It’s a great opportunity to meet members of the team and the executive.
Season Tickets for the McCoys home games can be purchased at Com-Choice Realty, 179 King Street West, Dundas.