Two losses start Real McCoys’ season

Dundas Real McCoys general manager Don Robertson is guaranteeing a win this weekend – not necessarily on the ice, but for Breast Cancer Research.

This past weekend (Oct. 19-20) the McCoys fell twice in Allan Cup Hockey action at Orillia and Whitby and will look for their first win of the season when Orillia Sunrise Toyotas Tundras visit Dundas on Friday. Orillia dumped the Real McCoys, 6-3, as Dundas opened the 2012-13 season on the road. The next night, Whitby Dunlops were 8-6 victory over the visiting McCoys.

This Friday night (Oct. 26), the Robertson Cup champions open the home portion of their schedule in the JL Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m. and fans will be able to purchase the pink sweaters off the back of their favourite players with proceeds supporting the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.

The next night, Dundas will visit Welland to take on the Whalers at 7:30 p.m.

Despite the two weekend losses, Robertson was optimistic.

“Our league partners know that I think we should start Nov. 1st, and it seems we wait until then anyway,” said the general manager. “It was an interesting start, teams want us for their home openers, and we agree; however, they are loaded for bear.

“I hate losing, but they don’t hand out any hardware in October anyway. We’ll be fine; we will have more of our veterans in the line-up for Friday’s home opener. Last weekend we looked at a lot of newcomers, and we were very pleased with some of the things that we saw…but not everything because we lost.”

At Orillia, the McCoys started strongly as TJ Sakaluk scored the only goal of the opening period on a powerplay with Brad Jackson and Mark Jooris assisting at 15:12. Two goals early in the second gave the Tundras a 2-1 lead until Jooris connected for his first goal of the season, again on a powerplay, mid-way through the period with Jackson and Mike Berry drawing the assists.

The Tundras scored again with less than two minutes to go in the period and never looked back.

The McCoys final goal was another extra-man situation when Berry and Jooris set up Brad Kenny at 10:38. The McCoys were dominant on the powerplay scoring three times on six opportunities. Orillia was one for seven. A total of 100 minutes in penalties were handed out for 28 infractions.

At Whitby, the McCoys provided the Dunlops fans with a spirited comeback that unfortunately fell short of the mark. Dundas appeared to lull the Dunlops to sleep when they struck for three goals in the final two minutes of play. Unfortunately, they could not bridge the gap. Kenny scored three times for the McCoys with Frankie Grandits adding another.

Dundas Real McCoys season tickets are still on sale for $99 plus HST, and may be purchased through the Real McCoys hockey office at 179 King Street West in Dundas.