Allan Cup has log jam in standings


ORILLIA — Cam Watson, with three goals, and David Volpe, with a pair, paced the Dundas Real McCoys to 10-2 romp over the Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras in Allan Cup Hockey League action on Friday (Dec. 176 in the West Orillia Sports Complex.

It was the final game before the Christmas break for the Real McCoys who will resume action on Friday, Dec. 30 against the Brantford Blast in the JL Grightmire Arena. Game is set for 7:45 p.m.

Last Saturday night, Steve Thomas, with two goals and an assist, and six other players with single goals did something no team has been able to do so far in this season in league play – defeat the Whitby Dunlops. That night, the Norwood Vipers ended the Dunlops 14-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory.

In other action last Friday, Whitby won its 14th game, 6-1, over the Brantford Blast in the Brantford Community Centre. The next night the roof caved in on Whitby, and last Sunday the Tundras rebounded from their loss to the McCoys with a 5-4 shootout win over the Norwood Vipers in the Asphode-Norwood Arena.

It was a sea-saw weekend around the ACHL, which has one game left to play before Christmas with the Dunlops scheduled to take on Orillia at 7:45 p.m. Friday night in the West Orillia Sports Complex.

After weekend play, Brantford, Norwood, Dundas, and Orillia sit second through fifth in the standings with five points separating second from fifth.

“The guys knew I was ticked off three weeks ago. Last Saturday, there wasn’t anything we could do what with a Christmas party, and exams,” said General Manager Don Robertson.

“(Scott) Mifsud will be back. He is attempting to juggle his work schedule right now, so that he is more available to us, and December 30th should be okay for him. The previous Saturday, he just could not make it.”

“Ryan Munce played in goal for us last Friday, and played well. He will play whenever we need him. That way we will always have two goaltenders on the bench. I knew that trying to go with one goalie on the bench at times would bite us eventually,” added Robertson.

The game was the first in the league for Munce of Mississauga who finished his nine-year minor professional career with Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings in 2010-11.

In addition to Watson and Volpe, Dundas got single goals from TJ Sakaluk, Darryl Smith, Brad Kenny, Scott Stafford, and Adam Schwark. Sakaluk, Kenny, and Schwark also had two assists apiece.