Back-to-back wins moved Dundas into second place in Allan Cup Hockey and enabled the Real McCoys to equal Brantford Blast’s streak of eight consecutive wins just in time for Christmas.
After hammering the Whitby Dunlops, 8-3, the Real McCoys doubled the count, 6-3, on Welland Whalers the following night (Dec. 21)
as captain and inspirational leader Ryan Christie connected for a five-point weekend. He was aided and abetted by Joe Koudys and Cam Watson with four points apiece over the weekend. Justin Davis and Jordan Foreman each had three points in the two games.
Following their four-point win over Whitby last Friday (Dec. 20), the McCoys have a firm grasp on second place in the standings with eight wins and two losses. Whitby is in third with a 7-4-0-0 record. Brantford continues to lead the pack with 10 wins, two losses and a shootout loss for 21 points.
“Winning three of four games on the road was important to us as we start playing everybody in the League. The guys seem committed, which was what we asked of them from the start of the season. We’ll just keep working at it, and prepare for the playoffs,” said director of hockey operations, Ron Bernacci.
“The (recent) signing of Jason Ward was a big part of our project. He has great strengths and was captain of the Hamilton Bulldogs and the American Hockey League’s Les Cunningham Most Valuable Player Award winner in 2003. Jason went on to play more than 300 games in the National Hockey League, but has not won a championship.
“We expect that his first game will be at home on Friday, Jan. 3rd,” said president and general manager Don Robertson.
On Saturday (in Welland), Christie led the way with two goals and an assist with Nick Smith adding a goal and three assists. Foreman chipped in with a goal and two assists while Watson and Adam Deleeuw completed the scoring with single goals as Dundas overwhelmed the Whalers.
Tanner McGowan replied for Welland with a pair of goals. Curtis Campbell had the other.
The Real McCoys annual Salvation Army Food Drive continues throughout December. Donation barrels are situated in the lobby of the Grightmire Arena on game nights. The next action for Dundas is Friday (Dec. 27) against the Norwood Vipers at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire.