Dundas give one, take one with Whalers

DUNDAS—In the spirit of giving, the Dundas Real McCoys want to give the Brantford Blast a Christmas gift this Friday (December 21), they won’t soon forget.

Last Friday night the Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras proved the Blast could be beaten (6-3 at Brantford), and General Manager Don Robertson and his Real McCoys want to build on that theme by showing that it really is better to give than to receive at Christmas time.

“This Friday should be a beauty against Brantford. We played them hard in Brantford, but ran out of gas, and the last time they were in our rink, we were shorthanded due to the snow storm,” said Robertson. However, we should be set for them on Friday. Brantford is the bench mark in the league this year, so we’ll see just how we stack up against them.”

Friday night, the McCoys will also be encouraging their fans to give bountiful gifts to the December Food Drive in support of the Dundas Salvation Army, while they give their all against the Blast on the ice surface of the JL Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m. The McCoys final home game of the year and the month is Friday, December 28 when they take on the Whitby Dunlops at 7:45 p.m.

“Last Friday night, the only thing that went well was the Teddy Bear Toss. That game was as flat as we have played at home in years,” Robertson noted. “Give Welland full marks, they worked hard and deserved the win.”

Photo: Richard Zazulak/Dundas Real McCoys

Last Friday, three first period goals inspired the Welland Whalers to come back and defeat the Valley Town squad 7-4 in Allan Cup Hockey action on Teddy Bear Toss Night. The next night, however was a different story as the McCoys roared into Welland and put the REAL back into Real McCoys with a 9-3 victory.

“Saturday, the guys found the REAL in Real McCoys, and we looked like a different team in front of a huge crowd in Welland. Our guys played hard in both ends of the rink and the results speak for themselves.”

Dundas is in third place in the standings with seven wins and six losses in 13 games while the Whalers are fourth with a 3-10 record. Brantford leads the pack with 11 wins and one defeat. Whitby is second with seven wins and four losses (including one overtime and one shootout loss).

Dundas opened the scoring at 7:35 of the first period on a goal by Brad Kenny set up by Cam Watson and Darryl Smith. Friday’s game was the first of the season for Darryl Smith, who would go on to score twice in the game and add a second assist. Over the course of the weekend, Smith score three times and set up four other scoring plays.

Welland quickly replied to the Kenny goal with goals by Dan Marwick, Ryan Mannal, and Andrew Letwin. Letwin’s goal came on a powerplay. John Williamson, Chris Downey, Marwick with his second, and Jeff Zatorski had the Whalers other goals. Marwick and Zatorski both scored into the empty net to end the game. Darryl Smith with two and Watson with one replied for the McCoys.

Last Saturday night, Dundas turned the tables and skated off with its seventh win of the season. Kenny picked up where he left off last Friday with three goals and one assist with Steve Hurst adding two more goals. Nick Smith, Darryl Smith, and Christie had a goal and two assists apiece with Scott Stafford adding a goal and an assist. Watson and Jeff White set up three plays each. TJ Sakaluk added two assists.