DUNDAS—They gave it their all but, in the end the Dundas Real McCoys came up short.
The McCoys did their best to defend their 2014 Allan Cup Hockey Tournament victory, but found it impossible while playing with a roster depleted primarily because of work commitments. In the end, the South East Prairie Thunder shutout the Bentley Generals, 2-0, Saturday (April 18) to win the 2015 Allan Cup Trophy.
“We were very proud of our guys who travelled to Clarenville. They battled in every game and with the exception of a couple of bounces, I think we deserved a better fate in the elimination game,” said coach Ron Bernacci.
“It is too hard to win a national championship when you have a short bench and the Allan Cup is a long tournament. But, as always, our goalie Mike Mole was great in all three games and gave us a chance to win.”
Mole turned in another Most Valuable Player performance. In three games he faced 168 shots and made 157 saves for a save percentage of .935, and a goals against average of 3.67.
Bernacci is philosophical about the past Allan Cup Hockey season.
“We knew going into the season, we had a lot of work to do with the loss of so many players from our 2014 Allan Cup team. Our goal was to defend our championship, and with the additions we made, to what we believed, to be a strong nucleus late in the year, we were able to surprise some people by first winning the (John Ross) Robertson Cup and then the (Gordon) Renwick Cup,” said Bernacci.
“In regard to next year, we want to thank all of our fans, and let them know, the team’s expectations are the same as they are for every year… taking another shot at a national title for Dundas.”
In game one of the 2015 tournament in Clarenville, Newfoundland’s Eastlink Events Centre, against the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts the McCoys fell 5-3 as Shawn Snider picked up a goal and an assist. Cam Watson and Brad Bonello added single goals. Beni Berisha set up two of the Dundas scoring plays.
Dundas narrowed the margin of victory to a goal as they dropped a 4-3 decision to eventual champions South-East Prairie Thunder. Dan LaPointe scored once and set up another Dundas goal. Snider and Mike Amodeo had single goals.
Amodeo scored Dundas’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to the host Clarenville Caribous, in their quarter-final game Thursday (April 16).
Snider and LaPointe finished the tournament in the top 20 in scoring.