Davis wraps up series for Dundas

WHITBY – Justin Davis’s seventh goal of the playoffs at 7:57 of the first overtime period gave Dundas a 5-4 victory over Whitby Dunlops and the Real McCoys fifth consecutive John Ross Robertson Cup title Sunday (April 1) at the Iroquois Sports Centre.

Since the McCoys were formed in 2000, the team has won the Robertson Cup eight times.

Dundas won the best-of-seven Allan Cup Hockey playoff 4-3 in games, capturing three of those games in overtime. The Real McCoys will now be hosts to the Kenora Thistles, the Northern Ontario representatives in the best-of-three Renwick Cup playoff over the Easter Weekend. The games are scheduled for Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m., and if necessary, Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena. The winner of the Renwick Cup advances to the Allan Cup Tournament at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan from April 16 to 21.

Darryl Smith (#14) scores the third goal of Game 7 as the Real McCoys staged a comeback and overtime victory to secure the Robertson Cup. (Photo: Richard Zazulak)

Christie scored once and assisted on three scoring plays while Davis and Smith added a goal and two assists each. Dan Pitre scored once and set up another as Steve Hurst wrapped up the scoring. Davis, Smith, and Christie finished one-two-three in playoff scoring. For Whitby, Chuck MacLennan, Brent Varty, Jason McAuley, and Shane Terry scored once each.

“Well, after a crazy week in which we played our two worst games (Wednesday and Friday) in the playoffs, we played our best playoff game Sunday and won the Robertson Cup again,” said general manager Don Robertson.

“Whitby is a tough team, and very well-balanced. It was our veterans who led us to victory; going down 2-0 early in the first period didn’t even faze the bench. As far as they were concerned, we still had 56 minutes to play which clearly wasn’t enough, but the extra time was.”

“I can’t say enough about Bryan Worosz in net. What a great job every time we needed him…a great kid,” added Robertson.

“This weekend will be pretty neat. We have just got done with the Dunnies, which are the former World Champions and now we have to face the former Stanley Cup Champion (1907), Kenora Thistles. Kenora hammered us pretty well in the first game of the 2011 Allan Cup Tournament in-front-of a sold-out crowd on day one at Kenora,” said Robertson.

“They’ll have a good club down here this weekend, and they will be playing a pretty good club from here as well.”

On Friday in Dundas, Dan Torres scored three times as Whitby downed Dundas 7-2 to force Sunday’s deciding game.

Steve Birch, McAuley, Peter MacKellar, and Nat Brooks with single goals completed the scoring doe the Dunlops. Christie and Smith gave the Real McCoys an early 2-0 lead, but the club was unable to hold it.