McCoys fall to the Blast in overtime shootout

Dundas forward Cale Tanaka (9) looks for a rebound during last Friday's Allan Cup Hockey League game at Brantford. Tanaka had a goal and an assist in the Real McCoys 5-4 shootout loss to the Blast. (Photo: Karen Robillard)

Dundas Real McCoys finished their three-game road trip with three of a possible six points after falling 5-4 in an overtime shootout to the Brantford Blast in Allan Cup Hockey League play last Friday night in the Brantford Community Centre.

“It was a typical Brantford game… tight. We had some of our veterans, (Ryan) Christie, (Paul) Lawson, and (Tom) Brown back in the line-up for their first games of the season,” said General Manager Don Robertson. “In the third period Brantford playing-coach Bryan Hamm came after Lawson, but Paul gave him all he could handle in a spirited bout.”

Jeff Maund played a strong game in goal, but the Dundas GM felt the Brantford shot counter was mathematically challenged because he counted 91 shots against the McCoys.

“We started the season with three games on the road to work with the young players so that we could see how they would react to the league and the calibre of hockey. We are glad we did. Everyone now has a better feel for what the club needs and what has to be worked on,” said Robertson.

“Ken (Spud) Mann and (Associate Coach) Ron Bernacci now have to sort these young players out, and determine how, and in what situations, to use them. The guys are excited to get back home, and they’re ready to play the Blast in Hockeyville. It should be another beauty for both teams.”

The regular season home opener for the McCoys (1-1-0-1 won-lost record) will be Faceoff for the United Way Night on Friday (October 28) in the JL Grightmire Arena. Tickets for this special game may be purchased at Dundas Community Services, 2 King Street West Unit 3A in Dundas. Saturday (October 29), the McCoys travel to Whitby to play the Dunlops at 6:30 p.m. in the Iroquois Sports Complex.

Saturday, November 5 the Real McCoys will 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

Prior to the game last Friday, the Blast honoured sports writer Ed O’Leary who passed away Sunday, October 16 from Cancer. He was 62. O’Leary worked for the Expositor for four decades. In the early 1970s, he was Sports Editor of the Oakville Daily Journal-Record.

Dundas grabbed a 2-1 first period lead on goals by TJ Sakaluk and Mike Amodeo before Chad Spurr replied for Brantford on a powerplay in the final minute of play. Walter Easter tied the score for the Blast on a powerplay early in the middle period.

The McCoys roared back with a pair of goals by Brad Jackson and Cale Tanaka to take a 4-2 lead before the second period was 10 minutes old. Tanaka and Jackson assisted on each other’s goals. However, Mike Roberto with a powerplay goal, and an even strength goal tied the score after two periods of play.

Both teams skated through the goal-less third and five-sudden death overtime periods and seven shootout shooters before the eighth man, Travis Lisabeth put the game away for the Blast.

Season Tickets for Real McCoys home games can still be purchased at Com-Choice Realty, 179 King Street West, Dundas.