Weekend finale important for Real McCoys

Dundas left winger John Neal tries to pounce on a loose puck while Norwood’s Steve Thomas (32) tries to find it first. (Photo: Richard Zazulak)

DUNDAS – Dundas Real McCoys picked up three of a possible four points over the weekend and it has landed them in an awkward position heading into the last weekend of action in the Allan Cup Hockey League.

An overtime loss means Dundas still holds second place with 35 points, but only by two points over the third place Brantford Blast. Dundas needs only one point in its two remaining games against the Blast at Dundas on Friday (Feb. 24) in the JL Grightmire Arena, and Sunday (Feb. 26) against Norwood Vipers in the Asphode-Norwood Arena (7 p.m.), to finish in second.

Friday night is Kids Night in the JL Grightmire Arena and is sponsored by local service clubs and businesses. That night will be make or break for the McCoys as they take on their arch rivals from Brantford at 7:45 p.m.

“This Friday will be our biggest game of the year, and very well may determine just how far we go for the balance of the season. Home ice advantage is on the line for the first round against Brantford, and that’s going to be significant,” said general manager Don Robertson

Last Sunday at Brantford, Mike Ruberto’s overtime goal, his second of the game with only two seconds left to play, slammed the door on the Real McCoys’ eight-game winning streak. The Blast rallied from two goals down to win 5-4 in overtime in the Brantford Community Centre. Dundas led 2-1 after the first period and 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Two nights before, Brad Kenny with his second goal of the night spearheaded a five-goal third period outburst as Dundas stretched its home-game winning streak to eight games with a 7-4 victory over Norwood Vipers in the Grightmire. The McCoys had trailed 4-2 after two periods of play.

“We’ve come from behind in a bunch of games this season, but losing a two-goal advantage was a bit tough to take last Sunday afternoon in Brantford. We all know streaks don’t last forever, and we’ll just have to start a new one as we prepare for the playoffs,” said associate coach Ron Bernacci.

“Losing (Dan) Pitre through an incident in the second period didn’t help because it dropped us back to three men on defence which hurt the overall balance that we had. We had to drop Brad Kenny back,” added Bernacci.

Brantford’s Gerald Moriarity picked up an interference penalty for his hit on Pitre, and then compounded the event with a misconduct for Inciting an opponent, a second misconduct, a game misconduct for abuse of officials and then another misconduct and game misconduct penalty all at 16:24 of the second period.

Scoring for the Real McCoys last Friday, in addition to Kenny were Justin Davis, Ryan Christie, Mike Kennedy, David Volpe, and TJ Sakaluk. Christie assisted on three scoring plays and Kennedy on two others. Mark Prentice with two goals, and Will Jones and Adrian Wilson with one each replied for Norwood.

Two days later at Brantford, Scott Stafford, Davis, Sakaluk, and Christie scored for Dundas. Brad Kenny set up two of the scoring plays. In addition to Ruberto’s two goals, the Blast got singles from Jon Jankus, Travis Lisabeth, and Brad Jones.