Cam Watson and Scott Mifsud with seven-point games paced Dundas Real McCoys to a 13-5 victory over Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras in Allan Cup Hockey action on Scotiabank Teddy Bear Toss night last Friday (Dec. 9) in the JL Grightmire Arena.
“It seemed the addition of Mifsud had the desired result. Once we added Scott, and had TJ Sakaluk back, it changed our depth by a mile and gave us three solid lines which are hard to stop in our rink,” offered general manager Don Robertson.
“Also the players are listening to (coach Ken) Mann and (assistant Ron) Bernacci, and now they understand how the team needs to perform to be successful.”
But 24 hours later, the Real McCoys found themselves on the wrong end of the firing squad. Playing with too few players, the Real McCoys were outmuscled 10-4 by the Dunlops in Whitby in Allan Cup Hockey.
In other weekend, Norwood Vipers lost to Brantford Blast 7-4 in Brantford Community Centre, but rebounded with 9-2 victory over the Blast at Norwood on Sunday (Dec. 11).
The win over the Tundras coupled with the Vipers win and loss left the Real McCoys tied for third place in the standings. Dundas entered the weekend with a record of two wins, four losses, three overtime losses, and two shootout defeats.
In their past two home games, the Real McCoys have outscored the opposition 22-11.
“Last Saturday, we were short players for a number of reasons, the majority of which was exams. However, TJ Sakaluk was back from holidays, but could not get time off for the game in Whitby; three others had family commitments, and Maund and Amodeo are injured. Those are excuses. It ticks everyone of us off to have a short bench on the road and lose,” said Robertson.
Friday (Dec.16), Dundas travels to Orillia for a re-match with the Tundras at 7:45 p.m. in the West Orillia Sports Complex.
“We were in trouble (at Whitby) because we didn’t have a good road team; that just doesn’t work. That will change Friday, and we’ll be ready in Orillia.”
Last Saturday, Brad Kenny scored twice and set up a third goal, Darryl Smith drew a goal and an assist, and Scott Stafford added another. Paul Lawson set up two of the scoring plays for the Real McCoys.
Scoring for Dundas last Friday were Watson (three goals, four assists), Mifsud (one goal, six assists), Kenny (three goals, three assists) with Shawn Thompson, Dave Volpe, Brad Jackson, Justin Davis, Ryan Christie, and Smith adding single goals.