Trio of Real McCoys put the bite on Vipers

Dundas goalie Bryan Worosz had to be on his game last Friday as the Norwood Vipers came to play. Dundas won the Allan Cup Hockey game 9-6. (Photo: Rick Zazulak)

DUNDAS — Darryl Smith, Ryan Christie, and Cam Watson were the Vipers worst nightmare on Friday (Dec. 2), combining for seven goals as Dundas Real McCoys played their best home game of the season to defeat Norwood 9-6 in Allan Cup Hockey League action in the JL Grightmire Arena.

“The guys responded with a good effort last Friday night. We liked getting nine goals, but we have to tighten things up defensively. The fans really seemed to enjoy the win,” said coach Ken Mann.

Friday (Dec. 9), Santa will be in the house.

“That’s our big news this week. Friday is our Teddy Bear Toss. We signed Santa over the weekend for Friday’s game, so he’ll be there to help us,” said general manager Don Robertson.

On that night, the Real McCoys are hosts to the Annual Scotiabank Teddy Bear Toss, which has taken on a life of its own. The McCoys are thankful for the efforts by Scotiabank’s branch at University Plaza, and its staff.

Orillia Tundra will provide the opposition in the Grightmire, in the first of two key games for the McCoys this weekend. The following night Dundas travels to Whitby to play the Dunlops in the Iroquois Sports Complex at 6:30 p.m.

Last Friday’s game also marked the start of the annual Dundas Real McCoys-Salvation Army Food Drive. The food barrels will remain in the arena throughout the month of December and the McCoys request the public’s help in filling them.

“We plan to have a couple more additions to the lineup shortly as we continue to build the club to where we need it to be for our run to the Allan Cup,” said Robertson. That said, some of the guys stepped up this week, which was needed. A win on Friday will put us into third place, and we will keep going from there.”

Dundas sits last in the five-team league but with a game in hand is just one point out of third place.

Smith with three goals, and Christie, and Watson with two each led the McCoys against Norwood while Cale Tanaka and Brad Kenny added singles. Darren Doherty, James Diminie, Chris Johnston, Mark Prentice, Sean Griffin, and Adrian Wilson replied for the Vipers.

In the opening period, it looked as though Dundas was off to another poor start when Doherty scored unassisted against goalie Bryan Worosz at the six minute mark. The McCoys responded seconds later when Tanaka evened the count at 6:45.

Diminie put Norwood back in front, but it was a short-lived lead as Smith connected on a powerplay before adding two goals back-to-back.

Norwood clicked with goals from Johnston, Prentice and Griffin for a 5-4 lead early in the second period.

Dundas rallied beginning at 13:31, with goals by Kenny, Watson on a powerplay, and Christie.

In the third, Norwood pulled within a goal when Doherty fired a shot off the shoulder of Worosz, which Wilson slammed into the net after 20 seconds of play. Christie connected for his second goal with a flip shot on a shorthanded play to restore the McCoys two-goal cushion, and Watson completed the scoring.