McCoys tickled Pink with pair of wins


Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras goalkeeper Dave Digironimo blocks the shot while Cam Watson (7) waits for the rebound during last Friday’s Pink in the Rink Allan Cup Hockey game. (Photo: Richard Zazulak)

Halloween isn’t until Wednesday night but Scott Mifsud and Ryan Christie did their tricks and treating on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 25-26) when they combined for seven goals pacing Dundas Real McCoys over Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras, 7-3, and Welland Whalers, 9-7, in Allan Cup Hockey play.

The back-to-back Allan Cup Hockey victories moved the McCoys into second place in the standings behind the league-leading Brantford Blast.

Friday, which was Pink in the Rink Night at Grightmire in support of cancer treatment, Mifsud scored two goals in the win over the visiting Tundras. Mike Amodeo also chipped in a pair of markers with singles going to Christie and TJ Sakaluk. Nick Smith assisted on four of those goals and newcomer Jerry Galway was in on two more.

Matt Salmon scored all three Orillia goals.

Christie put Dundas on the board just 1:17 of the first period with a powerplay tip in. Salmon pulled the Tundras even at 6:53 with the manpower advantage.

Forty-one seconds into the middle period, Mifsud gave Dundas a 2-1 lead only to have Salmon knot matters a minute later. Orillia had the opportunity to pull away as Randy Johnston had two chances to score, missing the open corner of the net on his second shot at 7:42. And the McCoys had two excellent scoring opportunities, but the goal post got in the way.

In the third, the game turned as Sakaluk scored shorthanded, converting Mike Berry’s cross-ice pass at 2:42. Mifsud picked up his second goal at 3:51 and the floodgates opened. Mike Amodeo connected at the six-minute mark, and before the night was done, Mifsud and Amodeo scored again.

Friday’s promotional night was well received, said Robertson.

“The players enjoyed the event, and many of them look forward to participating in “Movember” beginning on Thursday night (Nov. 1),” said the GM. Proceeds from the McCoys autographed sweater auction went to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

The following night in Welland, the McCoys had a comfortable lead through two periods before they were forced to scramble for the win as Welland outscored them 3-2 in the final period.

Christie scored four times, and Smith drew four more assists. Sakaluk added a goal and two assists with Cam Watson, Brad Jackson, and Mifsud adding single goals. Brad Kenny drew assists on two of the scoring plays

“The addition of some veterans had the desired effect last weekend,” offered Dundas general manager, Don Robertson. “Nick Smith and Christie look like they have not missed a beat. Then you throw in Mifsud, and you have some pretty potent offence. We added Jerry Galway and Jeff White to the defence, and they played well for us.”

“Last Saturday, we gave up too many goals, and Welland worked hard and never quit. I’m sure they’ll be loaded for bear for us this Friday night.”

For the rematch on Friday (Nov.2), the first 200 fans entering the JL Grightmire Arena receive a water bottle courtesy of Tim Hortons. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

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, and at the Grightmire Arena on Friday night.