DUNDAS – Before their Allan Cup Hockey match with the Brantford Blast even started, the Dundas Real McCoys were already losing to Mother Nature last Friday night (Nov. 30).
With several regulars stuck in congested traffic caused by the first snow storm of the season, Dundas fell 7-2 to the Blast at the JL Grightmire Arena.
Dundas began the game with three skaters on its bench, and finished with seven spares, in addition to its backup netminder.
“We added guys as the game went on, which was good. The bad news was that the ones who started the game were so tired when the recruits got there… well you get the picture, it was a bad night all round,” offered Dundas general manager Don Robertson.
“We are trying to forget that game. To beat Brantford we needed our A game and starting with eight skaters wasn’t how we drew up the game plan. About half of our players use the 403 to get to Dundas (from the Burlington-Oakville area) including some who come from Niagara over the Skyway.
“It was our first home loss of the season on a crappy night all round,” said Robertson. “We will be better from now on into the new year.”
Dundas goals were scored by Jeff White and TJ Sakaluk. White’s goal came four minutes into the final period. Ryan Christie assisted on both scoring plays.
Travis Lisabeth paced the Brantford attack with a pair of goals with singles by Chris Rebernik, Kyle Spurr, Marcus Roberto, Mark Taylor, and Brad Jones.
Dundas is situated in third place with a record of five wins and five loses while Brantford leads the five-team league with nine consecutive victories. Whitby Dunlops hold second spot with six wins, two losses, and the only overtime loss in the loop this season.
Friday night (Dec. 7) the Real McCoys travel up the 400 for a date with the Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras at 7:45 p.m. in the West Orillia Sports Complex before returning home to play the Welland Whalers the following Friday in the Grightmire.
That night, the annual Scotiabank Teddy Bear Toss will take place with the McCoys cuddly friends hitting the ice after Dundas nets its first goal of the game. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.
Several of the McCoy’s participated in Movember, and should be thanked for their efforts, which came on the heels of wearing Pink Sweaters opening night to help raise more than a $1,000 in support of Breast Cancer Assessment Research at Juravinski Hospital.