Dundas Real McCoys are winless in their last three Allan Cup Hockey League games. But there is a bright side – the two earned points in that stretch of games gives them fourth place in the standings.
Last Friday (Oct 28), Ryan Healy’s shootout goal (his second goal of the night), gave Brantford Blast a 5-4 overtime win on Faceoff for the United Way Night in the JL Grightmire Arena. The following night the short-staffed McCoys were edged 7-6 in a foot race with the Whitby Dunlops.
“Last Friday, It looked like we ate a huge pasta dinner just before the game the way it began, but it turned out to be a great effort on our part, and exciting for our fans. It was unfortunate that we didn’t complete the comeback,” said general manager Don Robertson. “It was a great way to start to the season, and a very successful United Way Night.”
Three goals in the space of four minutes – two by Shawn Thompson and the other by Dan Pitre – in the second period put Dundas back into the hunt. Thompson’s goals came on the powerplay. Mike Amodeo added the other goal. Healy, Cory Stringer, Chad Spurr on a powerplay, and Mike Burgoyne (shorthanded) replied for the Blast.
This Saturday (Nov. 5) at 3:30 p.m., the Real McCoys will be host to the Vipers, their opponents in last spring’s Major Hockey League final. Following the game, the Real McCoys will host their Pasta Dinner Night in the Copetown Lions Club Hall, 1950 Hwy 99, near the intersection of Governor’s Road and Hwy 52 at Copetown at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, which will feature a live band and entertainment, and the opportunity to meet members of the team and the executive, are $20 per person.
Tickets will be available at the game, but can be pre-purchased at the ComChoice Real Estate office at 179 King St., W., in Dundas after 10 a.m. this week. To call ahead for tickets phone (905) 648-7996 or (905) 627-4880.
Robertson was more critical of his players who failed to show for the team’s trip to Whitby the following night.
“Worzie (Bryan Worosz) was great, but we had a disgracefully short bench (11 players in all). That will be addressed this week in our team meeting. The guys who came to Whitby put out a very gusty effort, and actually deserved to win. The young players we have signed are showing signs of replacing some veterans because of their commitment and effort,” added Robertson.
“One thing that was the same last Saturday; we received great goaltending at Whitby. We led the entire game except for one important part at the end – we gave up seven goals,” said Robertson.
He said the coaching staff is pleased with the play so far, but the club needs to win. Robertson added that some former professional players have been recruited, who will help the cause. He hopes to have them on ice within the next couple of weeks.
At Whitby, Adam Schwark scored twice and set up three of the other goals, and Joel Steeves added two more. Cam Watson scored once and assisted on three scoring plays while Cale Tanaka scored the other.
On the season, Schwark is third in scoring with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in five games. Watson (5-3-8) and Sakaluk (1-7-8) are seventh and 11th with eight points apiece.