McCoys, Dunlops set to battle for second place

Brad Jackson scored twice to lead the Dundas Real McCoys to an 8-5 victory over Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras in Allan Cup Hockey action Friday night (Nov. 9) in the JL Grightmire Arena.

The victory ran the McCoys winning streak to four games allowing Dundas to hold second place in the standings. The McCoys also have two losses. Orillia sits on fourth place with a 2-1 showing. In other action that night, the Brantford Blast downed the Whitby Dunlops, 3-1, in the Brantford Community Centre. The following night, the Welland Whalers dropped a 6-2 decision to the Dunlops in the Whitby Iroquois Sports Complex.

Whitby, with a 3-2 record, is two points behind Dundas and that sets the stage for Friday’s (Nov. 16) game when the Dunlops visit the Grightmire for a 7.30 p.m. contest.

“This weekend will be a real test for us with Whitby Dunlops home and away. It will give us a marker as to how things are for us. That seven-game series last spring created a real rivalry, so we’ll have to see how this weekend goes,” said Dundas assistant coach Ron Bernacci.

Dundas claimed last season’s ACH title beating Whitby in a seven-game final playoff series.

Fan appreciation and the Real McCoys play this season is finding favour with general manager Don Robertson.

“The crowds have been great, with promotions each night. The fans have really been getting into it. This Friday, it’s Tim Hortons Night with the first 250 fans getting a free water bottle.

“Each game is becoming a real event, which is great and the kids are all enjoying it,” said Robertson.

Also on Friday, the Tundras visit the Brantford Community Centre to take on the Blast at 7:30 p.m. The following night, the Real McCoys play the second part of a home-and-home series with the Dunlops at 6:30 p.m. in Whitby while Brantford travels to Welland to play the Whalers at 7:30 p.m.

The McCoys have two players in the ACH scoring parade, Ryan Christie, with eight goals and four assists for 12 points in four games, and Nick Smith, with two goals and 10 assists in four games, to hold down the third and fourth places in scoring. Brantford’s Mike Roberto and Orillia’s Travis Fuller share the scoring race lead, both with nine goals and four assists each.

Last Friday, the McCoys led 2-1 after 20 minutes of play, and then outscored Orillia 4-2 in the second period. The Tundras rebounded with a goal by Fuller at 2:32 of the third after he stole the puck from defenceman Dan Pitre but the marker failed to jump-start the Tundras.

Paul Lawson, Cam Watson, on a powerplay, Brad Kenny, Christie, Justin Davis, and Scott Stafford rounded out the Dundas scoring. Jeff White, Jerry Galway, and Dave Bowman set up two scoring plays each for Dundas.

For Orillia, Matt Salmon, Scott Croxall, Nevin Hamilton, on a powerplay, Fuller and Kevin Shoebridge added single goals.