Pieces starting to fit for McCoys after two weekend wins


Four goals in two games and Scott Mifsud finds himself four points shy of the lead in Allan Cup Hockey scoring. His totals of eight goals and 11 assists come after the Dundas Real McCoys swept their weekend series against Brantford Blast and Stoney Creek Generals.

David DiGironimo (30) makes a desperate grab for the puck, but Ryan Christie (24) slides the game-winning goal past him. Dundas Real McCoys edged the Stoney Creek Generals 5-4 in overtime at the Gateway Ice Centre on Sunday.  (Photo: Richard Zazulak/Dundas Real McCoys)

David DiGironimo (30) makes a desperate grab for the puck, but Ryan Christie (24) slides the game-winning goal past him. Dundas Real McCoys edged the Stoney Creek Generals 5-4 in overtime at the Gateway Ice Centre on Sunday. (Photo: Richard Zazulak/Dundas Real McCoys)

The Burlington native is tied for second with Whitby Dunlops John Scrymgeour in the overall scoring title hunt. Darren Doherty of last place Norwood leads the parade with 24 points from nine goals and 14 helpers. Mifsud and Scrymgeour have played two less games than Doherty.

On Friday (Dec. 13), Dundas muffled the Blast 10-2 in the Brantford Community Centre and two days later edged Stoney Creek 5-4 on Ryan Christie’s overtime goal in the Gateway Ice Centre.

“Well, that’s six straight victories including last weekend’s two road wins, which couldn’t have been more different,” said team president and general manager Don Robertson. “Friday, we worked hard and everything went our way. Sunday, we barely showed in the first period and it showed…wow. “Our guys worked hard and we came back from being down by three goals to win our first visit to Stoney Creek.”

At Brantford, the Real McCoys handed the Blast its second loss of the season as Darryl Smith struck for a four-point night with a goal and three assists. Mifsud, team scoring leader, scored three times with Cam Watson adding a goal and two assists.

Ryan Christie, Nick Smith and TJ Sakaluk chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece. Joe Koudys and Jerry Galway rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Ryan Crane and Jordan foreman each set up three of the scoring plays.

Jamie Williams and Joel Prpic replied for the Blast.

Dundas chased starting goaltender Brett Leggat after the first period as the McCoys went two-for-four on the powerplay.

“In spite of our successes, we still need some pieces, but it’s starting to develop. We like our depth, and we have beaten the self-proclaimed team to beat (Brantford) in each of our last two meetings,” said Robertson.

On Sunday afternoon, the McCoys spotted Stoney Creek a three-goal lead and then came back to edge the Generals in overtime. Dundas scored the lone goal of the second period and then outpaced the Generals 3-1 in the third to set up Christie’s overtime heroics.

Christie, Watson and Mifsud connected for a goal and an assist each with Smith and Blair Stayzer adding single goals as the McCoys fired 52 shots at the Stoney Creek net. The Generals had 37 shots of their own as Jordan Prevost, Matthew Reynolds, Kyle Zettler, and Nathan Pageau replied for Stoney Creek.

Next action for Dundas is Friday night (Dec. 20) when they play the Whitby Dunlops at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena. The following night they play the Whalers at 7:30 p.m. in the Welland Arena.

While he won’t be in the on-ice lineup, Santa Claus comes to town on Friday (Dec. 20) for the McCoys annual Scotia Bank Teddy Bear toss to support 900 CHML’s Toy Drive.

Allan Cup Tournament packages for all 11 games in April are now available for $200 each. The packages are available at the arena box office on game nights, and at Com/Choice Realty, 179 King Street West in Dundas.