McCoys unable to hold back the Blast

Dundas Real McCoys grabbed a 3-1 first period lead, but could not hold on to it as the Brantford Blast came back to edge their guests, 4-3, in Allan Cup Hockey action last Friday (Nov 23) at the Brantford Civic Centre.

The victory ran the Blast’s winning streak to eight consecutive games while the McCoys record fell to five wins, four losses, and third place in the league standings. Whitby Dunlops are second with a record of 5-2-1-0. Welland Whalers with a 5-4 win at Orillia against the Sunrise Toyota Tundras earned its first win of the season and its first win in ACH.

Friday night (Nov. 30), the McCoys play a re-match with Brantford in the JL Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

“We can’t wait to get Brantford back in our barn this Friday. They are undefeated and we plan to change that,” said Dundas general manager Don Robertson.

“Last Friday, we just ran out of gas. Give them full marks for what they did and they won.

“We aren’t going to make excuses. There are reasons that we have lost a couple of game. Players were injured, and others had family business to take care of, which is far more important than hockey at this level,” Robertson added.

At Brantford, Dundas took the early lead only to have the Blast chip away, and finally pot the game winner with two minutes to go. Greg Bullock converted a play set up by Mike Burgoyne and Kyle Spurr to ice the victory. Burgoyne assisted on three of the four Brantford goals.

Dundas was outshot by Brantford, 37-31, on the night, and 13-9 in the final period. Neither team scored on the nine powerplay situations assessed during the game. Dundas had the other four.

Rounding out the Blast scoring, Chad Spurr scored twice and Mike Roberto added another. For Dundas, Ryan Christie had two goals and Cam Watson one on a shorthanded play. Scott Stafford and Nick Smith set up the first two goals of the game by Christie.

As a result, Ruberto leads the scoring race with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points in eight games. Terry Fuller of Orillia is second with 18 points (5-13). Three players are two points back, Christie (10-6), Brantford’s Burgoyne (5-11), and Smith (3-13) with 16 points apiece.