Vipers lose their fangs against Real McCoys

Dundas Real McCoys won their sixth consecutive home game Friday (Feb.3) as they trounced the Norwood Vipers 11-5 in Allan Cup Hockey action in the JL Grightmire Arena.

League scoring leader Cam Watson netted three goals and an assist to run his season total to 32 goals, 21 assists for 53 points in 21 games. He has an 11-point lead on second place Pete MacKellar of the Whitby Dunlops, Chad Spurr of the Brantford Blast, and teammate Brad Kenny.

Mike Kennedy and TJ Sakaluk added two goals and two assists each in the McCoys scoring outburst.

“The guys are working very hard right now and that generally spells good things for us,” noted coach Ken Mann. “Last Friday night was an odd situation for us because the Vipers had several suspensions, so they didn’t have a full team. The next time they come in they’ll be a better hockey team, and they are chasing a playoff spot.”

In other action on Friday, the fourth place Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras edged Brantford 3-2 in a hard-fought game in the Brantford Community Centre. Saturday night the Blast, led by Spurr with a pair of goals, rebounded for a 6-2 win over league leading Whitby in the Iroquois Sports Complex.

“This weekend will be a big test for us,” said McCoys’ general manager Don Robertson. “We play home-and-home game against the top team in the league. Whitby has been a strong team from the start. They are the cream of the crop in the province, and we are looking forward to playing them.

“They have hammered us a couple times this season in their building and that wasn’t any fun.”

For Friday’s (Feb. 10) game against the Dunlops, seniors and students tickets are $6 each. Game time is 7:45 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena.

Rounding out the scoring last Friday for the Real McCoys were Paul Lawson, John Neal, Darryl Smith, and Ryan Christie, with a goal each. David Volpe set up four of the Dundas scoring plays. Chris Johnston with two goals, Ryan Toms, Adrian Wilson, and Darren Doherty replied for Norwood.

With the McCoys leading 4-0, there were some tense moments in the second period for Dundas. Norwood’s Toms took a shot from the right faceoff circle on McCoys goalie Bryan Worosz. The rebound off Worosz bounced onto the stick of Toms who fired it past the desperately lunging netminder at 2:11 of the period.

Dundas picked up the pace and had a flurry of activity around the Norwood net; however, sloppy play in the Dundas end of the rink resulted in a second Vipers goal by Johnston less that a minute later.

At the 11-minute mark Brad Jackson missed the open net on a three-on-two Dundas break around the net. But generosity continued to be costly for Dundas. A giveaway at the left side of the net set up Wilson’s goal for Norwood at the 13-minute mark thus narrowing the McCoys lead to 4-3.

A diving Worosz snared a shot by the Vipers’ Sean Griffin from the left boards with 6:01 left in the period and that seemed to inspire the McCoys. They quickly replied with a goal by Lawson form a scramble around the net at 14:35. Less than a minute later, Watson followed up with his second goal of the game on a slapshot from just inside the Vipers blueline. Neal gave Dundas a 7-3 just before the teams headed into their dressing rooms. In the third, it was all Dundas as they outscored the visitors 4-2, and outshot them on the night, 25-14.