Dundas Real McCoys play their first home game of the John Ross Robertson Cup final Friday night (March 23) against the Whitby Dunlops in the JL Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m. The two clubs open the best-of-seven series Tuesday night (March 20) at Whitby.
That game will mark the return of the club’s all-time leading scorer, Mark Jooris, to the lineup. Jooris coached the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League Markham Waxers to a 24-25 won-lost record for 62 points and fourth place in the Northern Division. They ousted Huntsville 3-0 in games only to lose to Newmarket 4-2 in games in overtime.
“We are thrilled to have Jooris back in the fold,” said Dundas general manager Don Robertson. “He may be the oldest player (48) in our (Allan Cup Hockey) league, but he brings us a wealth of experience and will lead our young kids by example.”
Jooris, in 12 seasons with the McCoys, has scored 131 goals and set up 332 others for 463 points in 169 regular season games. In playoff action, he is 47-115 for 162 points in 89 games.
Dundas finished second in regular season play in Allan Cup Hockey with 15 wins, six losses, four overtime losses and three shootout losses while Whitby finished first with a record of 21 and 7 for 42 points. In ACH semi-final play, the Dunlops eliminated Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras while the McCoys sidelined the Brantford Blast. Both Dundas and Whitby won their series 4-1 in games.
Whitby took the seven-game regular season series between the two clubs, 4-3 in games, however, the four-time defending Robertson Cup champions rallied to win the final three games as part of their eight-game winning streak that ran from Jan. 13 through Feb. 17 this year. Included in that run was a portion of Dundas’s eight-game winning streak at home, which began on Dec. 2.
The Real McCoys, which have been in existence for 12 years, have won the Ontario Hockey Association Senior AAA title seven times.
The remaining games of the best-of-seven Robertson Cup final are: Game 2 at Dundas on Friday, March 23 at 7:45 p.m., Game 3 at Whitby on Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.; Game 4 at Dundas on Monday, March 26 at 7:45 p.m.; and if necessary, Game 5 at Whitby on Wednesday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; Game 6 at Dundas on Friday, March 30 at 7:45 p.m., and Game 7 at Whitby on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m.