Koudys paces McCoys to 10th straight win


165px-Dundas_Real_McCoysJoe Koudys’ five point night carried Dundas Real McCoys to an easy 10-3 victory over the Stoney Creek Generals in Allan Cup Hockey action Friday night (Jan. 3) in the JL Grightmire Arena.

In other action, the league-leading Brantford Blast kept pace with the McCoys, shutting out the Welland Whalers, 5-0, in the Brantford Community Centre.

In addition to Koudys, TJ Sakaluk connected for two goals and one assist, while Justin Davis added a goal and three assists. Cam Watson with a goal and an assist, and Dan Pitre, and Jason Ward with single goals completed the Dundas scoring. Scott Stafford, Frankie Grandits, Jerry Galway and Scott Mifsud set up two scoring plays apiece for the McCoys.

Kyle McQuade, with a pair of goals, including one on a powerplay, and Dennis Maxwell, with a second powerplay effort, replied for the Generals.

The victory was the 10th in a row for Dundas which sits in second place with 20 points, three behind Brantford. The Blast have 11 wins, two losses and a shootout loss while the McCoys are 10-2-0-0 on the season.

Next action for Dundas is Friday (Jan. 10) when Welland visits the Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Ward was playing in his first game as a member of the Real McCoys. The former Hamilton Bulldogs captain signed with Dundas in late December.

Ward was selected 11th overall in the 1997 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. The 34-year-old right winger played six seasons in the Montreal farm system, first with the Quebec Citadelles beginning in 1999-2000 and then for three seasons as a member of the Bulldogs. In 2003 he received the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League’s MVP as a member of the Bulldogs. He was also a first team all-star.

The six-foot, three-inch native of Chapleau, Ont., played 336 games in the NHL with Montreal, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning. During his eight-year career, he netted 36 goals and assisted on 45 others for 81 points.

He played part of the 2008-09 season with the Norfolk Admirals and the next one with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL before heading overseas to play for Linz Black Wings in Austria in 2010-11.

“Anytime you can add a player with more than 300 NHL games speaks for itself, when you add being a former AHL MVP and captain of the Bulldogs you know it’s going to have an impact on what is already a pretty good hockey team,” said Real McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson.

“Jason is considered a good all-round player, and he will give the coaches some nice options.”