Shutout loss prompts lineup changes

BRANTFORD – Brantford Blast scored twice in the first period and three times in the second en route to a 5-0 shutout victory over Dundas Real McCoys in Allan Cup Hockey action last Friday (Jan. 18) in the Brantford Civic Centre.

Photo: Richard Zazulak/Dundas Real McCoys

The Blast doubled the shot count on the McCoys, firing 42 times at Dundas goalie Bryan Worosz while Anthony Marshall handled 24 at the other end of the rink. The Valley Town squad got some manner of satisfaction when the Blast fell 6-5 in overtime to the last place Whalers the following night at Welland.

It’s only the second time that the league-leaders have lost this season, and both times to teams in the bottom half of the standings.

The McCoys, however, have their work cut out for them if they hope to pass Whitby Dunlops for second place and home ice advantage in the playoffs. It all begins this Friday (Jan. 25) when Dundas plays a re-match with Brantford on Kids Night in the JL Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

“Friday night any minor hockey player wearing his or her sweater will be admitted to the game free of charge,” said McCoys general manager Don Robertson. Saturday night the McCoys play the Whalers at 7:30 p.m. in the Welland Arena.

“This Friday we plan to let Brantford know that we can play with them, and that we are tough to beat in our rink. Last Friday, the only group on the ice that did their jobs were the Brantford players. It was a poor effort on our part. We have to do better at home…which we will,” said Robertson.

“We are planning to make additions to the lineup which will put us in a position to defend our John Ross Robertson Cup title,” said Robertson, who recognizes that further changes have to be made to the lineup if the McCoys want to defend their title.

Last Friday at Brantford, the Blast appeared to score at will whenever they had the manpower advantage. Three goals came on the powerplay and another when they had the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call in the first period. Brantford got off to a two-goal lead within the first four minutes of the game.

Scoring for the Blast were Greg Bullock with two goals and singles by Ryan Healy, Jon Jankus, and Chad Spurr, who’s brother, Kyle, set up two scoring plays. Cam Sault, Mike Roberto, and Scott Duncan also had double assists. There was no scoring in the third period.