The Brantford Blast have become bookends for the Dundas Real McCoys this 2013-14 Allan Cup Hockey season.
The McCoys started an 11-game winning streak on Friday, Nov. 22 with a 10-3 victory on home ice over the Stone Creek Generals. That win came after absorbing a 3-1 loss to the Blast on Friday, Nov. 15 at Brantford. The string of victories ended on Friday night (Jan. 17) with the Blast’s 3-2 shootout decision over Dundas at Brantford.
“Our guys can’t wait to get another crack at Brantford, this Friday. The game will be worth the price of admission,” said Dundas president and general manager Don Robertson.
Friday night (Jan. 24) the McCoys take on the Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena.
The loss last Friday started yet another streak. The McCoys lost their second in a row the next night, dropping a 4-2 game to the Dunlops in Whitby. Saddled with a short bench, Dundas fell to its opponents for only the fourth time this season.
“This a tough league to win in. If you don’t play your best hockey you won’t be successful,” said Robertson. “The past weekend proved it. We had a short bench (not enough players) against Whitby, and it really showed. I am correcting that situation right now.”
Five points separate the top four Allan Cup Hockey teams. Brantford leads with 12 wins, three losses and a shootout loss for 25 points while Dundas is second (11-3-0-1) with 23 points. Whitby is third with (11-4-0-0) 22 points and Stoney Creek holds down fourth with (9-7-1-1) 20 points.
On Friday, Scott Mifsud put Dundas on the scoreboard at 15:52 of the first period. Brantford came back to tie the score on a goal by Chris Leveille midway through the second period. Darryl Smith, with an unassisted goal, put the McCoys back into the lead with two and an half minutes to go in the second period. In the final 20 minutes of play, Joel Prpic tied the score for Brantford at two all at 4:48. It was his second point of the evening.
Overtime did not solve anything, and the teams moved on to a shootout round. In the shootout, Brandon Dietrich scored the winner for Brantford
In Whitby, John Scrymgeour scored once and assisted on two other plays as the Dunlops downed the visitors. Peter MacKellar, Dylan O’Neil, and Shane Terry rounded out the Whitby scoring with single goals, while Mifsud and Joe Koudys replied for Dundas. Mifsud is third in ACH scoring with 10 goals and 19 assists in 14 games, and Dundas goalkeeper Mike Mole is second in the league with nine wins and one loss in 11 games. He leads in wins with nine and has a 2.65 goals against average.