Does anyone have the phone number for Wally Buono in Vancouver, B.C? The general manager of the Dundas Real McCoys, Don Robertson, is desperate for some mentoring, and who better than the man whose Canadian Football League team went zero and five before winning a game in 2011, and now look where he is … on top of the West and in the playoffs.
Robertson, after the weekend, is beside himself, and who can blame him: His charges can’t seem to win at home let alone on the road in the Allan Cup Hockey League. One can only hope that the scenario will not continue Friday night (Nov. 18) when the Whitby Dunlops invade the JL Grightmire Arena to play the Real McCoys at 7:45 p.m.
Last Friday, the score bounced around with Dundas in and out of the lead until Orillia Tundra’s John Vecchiarelli scored in overtime to give his club a 5-4 victory over Dundas Real McCoys on Veterans Night in the Grightmire.
Nevin Hamilton, Kyle Tarini, Randy Johnston, and Jesse Cook scored for Orillia in addition to Vecchiarelli. Brad Jackson picked up a pair for the Real McCoys including a third period wrap around that tied score 4-4. Cam Watson and Joel Steeves added the other goals. Unfortunately, Dundas missed a golden opportunity to win the game late in the third period when Ryan Christie lost control of the puck in front of the Tundra’s net.
“As (former National Hockey and World Hockley leagues coach) Harry Neal once said, ‘we can’t win at home and we can’t win on the road and I can’t think of anywhere else to play’ … I now know what he meant,” said Robertson.
“Darryl Smith and Steve Hurst played last Friday, and made some great contributions. They’ll be joined by more (players) over the next week as I try to fix what’s going on. The only thing that I’m sure of is that I won’t be making any coaching changes anytime soon. Some organizations resort to that, but I don’t hire bad coaches.
“We played with passion during the last two periods (the following night in Whitby) with guys getting ticked that we were losing and began standing up for themselves,” said Robertson. “We expect that to continue this Friday when Whitby comes to town. If these guys won’t play aggressive hockey then I’ll get some guys who enjoy that type of work because losing isn’t acceptable with the Real McCoys.”
Saturday night at Whitby, Shawn Thompson, Watson, Cale Tanaka, Mike Amodeo, and Adam Schwark scored once each with Brad Kenny assisting on three of the scoring plays. Peter MacKellar and Colin Baker scored twice each for Whitby with singles by Jason McAuley, Mitch Moffat, and Dave Ross. Whitby led 3-2 and 5-3 after two periods with the two trading goals in the third for the 6-4 final.
Dundas has one win in eight outings with one overtime loss and two setbacks in shootouts.