Blast draws first blood in battle with Real McCoys

mccoys_blast_2013In a re-match of last spring’s best-of-seven John Ross Robertson Cup final, the Dundas Real McCoys and Brantford breezed through their first meeting of the Allan Cup Hockey season with the Blast coming out on top 3-0 in the Brantford Community Centre.

The two clubs meet again Friday night (Nov. 15) at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena at Dundas.

Friday’s (Nov. 8) game was a hard-hitting, penalty-filled contest, which surprisingly was completed in two hours and five minutes. Dundas outshot the Blast through the first two periods of the match, but Brantford held the edge in the final frame. The McCoys had a 30-27 edge in shot… but goals won the game.

“It was easy to see it was our first game because the hands around the net where rusty,” said McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson. “We had a lot of new line combinations as well. I am certain that we will not go 0-24 on the season, but one thing for sure, our powerplay needs some work.”

While the Blast scored once in each period, including a short-handed empty-netter by Mike Roberto, the lack of a sound Dundas powerplay attack reared its ugly head as the McCoys were held goalless on 16 manpower advantages. Brantford scored once on their three extra man advantages.

Dundas took nine penalties for 18 minutes while the Blast was assessed 54 minutes in penalties on 16 infractions.

“(Mike) Mole was solid in goal for us, and (Matthew) Barnaby proved as advertised that he can be agitating and aggravating, and draw a couple penalties,” said Robertson. “Ryan Watson whom we signed last Wednesday will help because of his size and speed. He is the brother of Cam Watson, one of our top forwards.

“The bottom line in all of this is that we liked what we saw, just not the result. Friday’s rematch should be a lot of fun after some of the thundering hits last week in Brantford.”

The final four minutes of each period proved to be the McCoys undoing. In the first, Joel Prpic scored his first of two goals at 18:14 and clicked again on a powerplay at 16:32 of the second. Roberto got Brantford’s final goal into an empty net at 19:44 of the final frame. Jeff Caister picked up his second assist of the night on that play.

Dundas Real McCoys season tickets for the Allan Cup Hockey 2013-14 campaign are $125 for a season flex pack, or $12 per person at the door. Season tickets are also available at Com/Choice Realty, 179 King Street West in Dundas, and can be purchased opening night at the JL Grightmire Arena.