ORILLIA – Darryl Smith and Cam Watson, with three goals each, carried the second place Dundas Real McCoys to 12-2 victory over the Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras in recent Allan Cup Hockey League action in the West Orillia Sports Complex.
Dundas sits eight points behind the front-running Whitby Dunlops because of the Dunnies 8-3 loss to Orillia on Jan. 21 at Whitby. The Blast beat Norwood Vipers 9-4 at Brantford on Jan. 20 to remain three points behind the Real McCoys in third.
Friday night (Jan. 27) the McCoys travel to Brantford to play the Blast in the Brantford Community Centre at 8 p.m. The same night, the Dunlops play the Vipers at 7:30 p.m. in the Asphode-Norwood Community Centre. Saturday, the Tundras play the Dunlops at Whitby in the Iroquois Sports Complex at 6:30 p.m. The weekend rounds out with the Blast at Norwood against the Vipers Sunday night at 7 p.m. A pair of losses by both Brantford and Whitby on the weekend could really turn the standings upside down.
“This is the time of year that we can see if we made solid decisions regarding the lineup, and added the pieces that we needed to move along in the playoffs,” said General Manager Don Robertson. “We haven’t lost many games since we had that meeting a few weeks ago. It was just a bit of a correction.”
“We have four home games left with some events coming up such as Tim Hortons Kids Night on our next home game (Friday, Feb. 3). We need these next four games to build both momentum for the playoffs, and our crowds,” Robertson added.
“This is a pretty neat team to watch right now. Even with the short bench, quality play really helped as well as three solid goalies.”
Playing with just 13 skaters and goaltender Bryan Worosz to Orillia’s 20-man compliment, the McCoys led by Smith with a six-point night (three goals, three assists) and Watson with five-points (three goals, two assists), scored five times in each of the first and third periods, and traded two-efforts with the Tundras in the middle period.
Brad Jackson and Brad Kenny with two goals and two assists each, and TJ Sakaluk with a goal and three assists and Steve Hurst with a goal and an assist rounded out the Dundas scoring. Tom Brown and Ryan Christie set up three scoring plays apiece. Gavin Hodgson and Kyle Begley replied for Orillia.