Second period holds the key to Robertson Cup

The second period has been the key to success in the first two John Ross Robertson Cup championship games between the Dundas Real McCoys and the Brantford Blast.

Jason Ward (32) finds the corner on Brantford’s Brett Leggat on a powerplay last Friday.  (Photo: Richard Zazulak/Dundas Real McCoys)

Jason Ward (32) finds the corner on Brantford’s Brett Leggat on a powerplay last Friday. (Photo: Richard Zazulak/Dundas Real McCoys)

Sunday (March 23) at Brantford, the McCoys scored three unanswered goals in the second en route to a 4-3 victory over the Blast in the Brantford Civic Centre. Two days before, Brantford came back with four unanswered goals in a 5-3 win over the McCoys in the JL Grightmire Arena.

It’s anybody’s guess what will happen on Friday night (March 28) in game three of the best-of-seven affair in the Grightmire Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. The fourth game will be played Sunday (March 30) at Brantford at 2 p.m.

“We said before it started that this was going to be a tough series with the talent and the rivalry. It is going to be a hard fought series,” said Dundas president and general manager Don Robertson. “The layoff that we had for a couple weeks left us sluggish for Friday night, and Brantford played hard for the victory.

“The games this weekend will be no different. The series is growing in intensity, and there will be some great games before it is over. Our lineup will change as players come back from injuries. We have inserted a lot of guys into the lineup during the first two games of the series,” said Robertson.

Similar to last Friday, Brantford held the lead after the first period before Dundas took over with three goals as Greg Stewart scored twice two minutes apart and Cam Watson connected on a powerplay. Ryan Crane had the other goal for the Real McCoys.

Watson was the only player on both sides to score with the man-advantage. The Blast went goalless on seven powerplays. Chris Rebernik, Jeff Caister and Joel Prpic scored for Brantford.

In the series opener, Cam Sault led the blast with two goals and an assist, while Chris Levelle added a goal and two assists as Brantford won 5-3.

In addition to Sault and Levelle, Prpic, and Chad Spurr scored for Brantford. Scott Stafford, Jason Ward and Watson replied for Dundas. The McCoys had held a 3-1 lead midway through the second period before the Blast rallied.

John Ross Robertson Cup Championship

Best-of-Seven Series tied 1-1 in games

Friday, March 21, Brantford 5, at Dundas 3
Sunday, March 23, Dundas 4, at Brantford 3
Friday, March 28, Brantford at Dundas, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, Dundas at Brantford, 2 p.m.
Friday, April 4, Brantford at Dundas, 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday, April 6, Dundas at Brantford, 2 p.m.
*Monday, April 7, Brantford at Dundas, 7:30 p.m.

*If necessary