Real McCoys close gap on second place

ORILLA – The Dundas Real McCoys are back on track.

Last Friday night (Dec. 7) with virtually a full lineup, they doubled the count on the Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras, 6-3, in Allan Cup Hockey action in the West Orillia Sports Complex and moved two points closer to second place Whitby Dunlops.

The McCoys struck for four goals in opening period and then successfully held off a second-period rally by Orillia. They were never really threatened the rest of the way.

“We won 6-3, and that first period may have been our best period of hockey this year. Unfortunately, we seemed to lose interest for a bit in the second, but we played well overall,” opined general manager Don Robertson.

“It would be nice to have a healthy lineup. We don’t like seeing guys sit due to injuries, however, it’s part of the game

“We should be able to show some depth this weekend against Welland. Darryl Smith will be playing his first games of the year, and others will be back. The weekend should be a lot of fun,” Robertson added.

In other action on the weekend, Welland Whalers fell, 3-1, to the Blast at Brantford and then rebounded with a 6-3 win at Orillia on Saturday night. That loss dropped the Tundras into last place in the five-team league with a record of two wins and nine losses.

It was the second win of the season for the Whalers.

The same night, the Blast stretched their consecutive game-winning streak to 11, edging the Dunlops, 5-4, in a shootout in the Whitby Iroquois Sports Complex.

Friday night (Dec.14), the McCoys play the first of a two-game home-and-home series against the newly inspired Whalers. Game time Friday in the JL Grightmire Arena is 7:45 p.m. Friday’s game will feature the Scotiabank Teddy Toss in support of the CHML Christmas Tree of Hope, and marks the beginning of the Real McCoys annual December Food Drive in support of Dundas Salvation Army. It continues throughout the month of December.

Saturday night the McCoys play Welland at 7:30 p.m. in the Welland Main Arena.

Cam Watson and Justin Davis led the way for Dundas at Orillia last Friday as they scored twice each with singles goals going to TJ Sakaluk and Steve Hurst. Hurst also added an assist with Brad Kenny setting up three scoring plays and Dan Pitre was in on two more.

Hurst opened the scoring on an unassisted play at 2:33 of the opening period, and Watson wound things up with an empty net goal at 19:54 of the third.