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McCoys sign Foreman, but miss opportunity
 By Larry Robertson

DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys missed an opportunity to advance into a second place tie with the Stoney Creek Generals last Friday, instead they allowed the Brantford Blast to move a point in front of them, falling 4-2 to the Blast in Allan Cup Hockey action in the Brantford Civic Centre.

By the end of the weekend, the McCoys found themselves in fourth place with 18 points following Brantford’s 8-5 victory over the Norwood Vipers on Sunday night.

"We had a bare bones team again this weekend due to roster moves; however, we had a good effort from everyone. There will be more additions as time goes along.  Jake Laplante played well for us and is a nice addition to the team," said President and General Manager Don Robertson.

"The Allan Cup championship emptied the cupboard from a player standpoint. We only have six returning players, which is the fewest of any team in the League, but we are re-tooling, and have re-signed Jordan Foreman.”

 Foreman has returned from the Southern Professional Hockey League where he had brief stints with Huntsville Havoc and Louisiana IceGators this season.  He is expected to join the McCoys this weekend.  Last season with Dundas, he had five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 18 regular season games, and five assist in six playoff games.

 "We have been in the finals 12 of our first 14 years.  We like that tradition, so we'll keep working to give our fans what they expect," added Robertson.  

Last Friday, both teams traded goals with Cam Watson opening the scoring at 1:04 on a play set up by Shawn Snider and Simon Mangos.  Thirteen minutes later, the Blast equalled the score with a goal by Cam Sault.

In the second, Ryan McCarthy and Dustin Alcock scored for the Blast and they never looked back.  Snider narrowed the margin to 3-2 on a play set up by Laplante and Ben Berisha at 5:20, however, two minutes later Derek Medeiros scored to restore the two-goal Brantford lead, an eventual victory.

 


Dundas signs Laplante 
By Larry Robertson
DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys President and General Manager Don Robertson has signed defenceman Jake Laplante to his Allan Cup Hockey Senior AAA roster for the stretch run to the 2014-15 playoffs.
"Laplante has size and some of the experience we wanted on defence. He may suit this week for our game in Brantford, but will be ready for sure for our next home game against Brantford,” said Robertson. The McCoys play in Brantford on Friday (January 16) when they take on the Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Civic Centre. The following week, Brantford travels to Dundas for a Friday, January 23rd re-match at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena. 
The six-foot, five-inch Laplante is a native of Mississauga, Ontario. The 25-year-old rearguard previously played for the Peterborough Petes, Brock University Badgers, and the Central Hockey League Fort Worth Brahmas.
Laplante joins Brett Smith as one of the new faces on the McCoys roster. Smith, the former captain of the Brampton Beast of the Central Hockey League played six seasons with Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the CHL from 2004-05 to 2010-11 and two seasons with the Fort Wayne Comets before signing with Brampton for the 2013-14 campaign.
"We have released some players, some of which we may re-sign depending on how things go for us,” Robertson noted. He expects to have a couple of new faces in lineup this Friday and 

 




Watson, Stewart star on OHA cutdown eve

DUNDAS—Cam Watson scored three goals and set up a fourth as the Dundas Real McCoys cruised to an 11-5 victory over the Norwood Vipers in Allan Cup Hockey action last night in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Greg Stewart added a goal and three assists while Chris McGuffin scored twice and set up another scoring play. Newly acquired Brett Smith assisted on four Dundas goals, while teammate Scott Stafford was in on three scoring plays.

Smith, the former captain of the Brampton Beast of the Central Hockey League played six seasons with Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the CHL from 2004-05 to 2010-11 and two seasons with the Fort Wayne Comets before signing with Brampton for the 2013-14 campaign.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 10) is the Ontario Hockey Association’s cutdown date, which means there will be some tough decisions to be made by Dundas President and General Manager, Don Robertson and his staff.  Several of the club’s younger players have stepped up lately, and proven they can play Senior AAA hockey.

The next action for Dundas is at Brantford next Friday (January 16) when they play the Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Civic Centre

 

Darren Doherty was the sparkplug for the Vipers last night scoring three times and setting up two other goals in a valiant effort to narrow the gap on Dundas.  John Seymour and Shane Winner rounded out the Norwood scoring with single goals. 

 

Completing the Dundas scoring parade were Keegan Rowe, Kyle Kokotailo, Chris Campbell, and Tanner McGowan with a goal and an assist each.  Jeff White added the other McCoys goal, while Beni Berisha assisted on two of the other Dundas goals.


Allan Cup Champs ink Brett Smith for Friday

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DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys President and General Manager Don Robertson announced the signing tonight of the former captain of the Brampton Beast of the Central Hockey League, Brett Smith.

“Smith, who was captain of the Beast last season will play his first game Friday night (tomorrow) against the Norwood Vipers on a line with former Montreal Canadien and Hamilton Bulldog right winger Greg Stewart,” said Robertson. The McCoys will play the last place Vipers at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena. 

"We are excited to add a quality player and person like Smith to our lineup as we build toward defending our 2014 Allan Cup Championship,” added Robertson.

Brett played six seasons with Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the CHL from 2004-05 to 2010-11 and two seasons with the Fort Wayne Comets before signing on with Brampton for the 2013-14 campaign.

The 33-year-old native of Guelph, Ontario played in CHL Allstar Game in 2012, was named the CHL Player of the Month in November 2011, and the CHL Player of the Week in October 18, 2010.  Smith was also nominated for CHL Player of the Month in October 2013.

Dundas survives the Christmas jitters

By Larry Robertson, file photo................

DUNDAS— Darren Doherty with his first of two goals, and another by Jordan Freeland gave Norwood Vipers a 2-1 lead after two periods, but the Dundas Real McCoys were not to be denied.  They scrambled back for 4-3 overtime win in Allan Cup Hockey action in the Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre last Saturday.

The previous night it was the Adam Van Dam show as he scored four times and assisted on another as the Whitby Dunlops skated to a 9-4 victory over Dundas in the JL Grightmire Arena.

"The guys who play at this level have families, and at this time of year it can result in players being away, and we faced that this weekend and the loss of depth hurt us,” said President and General Manager Don Robertson. 

“Friday, we couldn't keep up with Whitby after the second period and we got whacked.  Saturday night, we beat snow, freezing rain, rain, and the Vipers because we played hard defensively, which paid off with a win in overtime."

"This Saturday (January 10) is the Ontario hockey Association’s cut down date, and we have tough some decisions to make regarding our roster.  A few of our younger players have stepped up and have shown that they can play at this level,” said Robertson.  “This will be another tough week for the McCoys management team.”

Friday night (January 9), the Vipers will play a return match against Dundas in the Grightmire Arena at 7:30 p.m.

After the weekend, the McCoys have a record of eight wins and six losses, while Whitby has moved into first place the Stoney Creek Generals with a record of 8-2-3-0 for 19 points.  Norwood is 2-10-1-0 on the season.      

Last Saturday night at Norwood, Mike Amodeo rallied the troops with a pair of goals with Jeff White and Steve Hurst netting the tying and winning goals in third and overtime periods.  Hurst assisted on Amodeo’s first goal with Chris McGuffin setting up two others.

The previous night, Brett McConnachie added to Dundas’s grief with two goals and two assists with Patrick Job adding a goal and three assists.  Peter McKellar contributed a goal and assist.  Kyle Ventura rounded out the Whitby goal scoring.  Chris Eade set up two of the Dunlops scoring plays.

Beni Berisha and Cam Watson led the Dundas attack against the Vipers with a goal and two assists apiece.  Simon Mangos scored once and set up another goal while McGuffin wrapped up the scoring for Dundas.  Scott Stafford assisted on two of the McCoys goals.


“The Grinch” steals McCoys’ Christmas

By Larry Robertson

DUNDAS—“The Grinch” really did steal Christmas last Sunday at Stoney Creek.

Just when the Dundas Real McCoys appeared to be headed into the Christmas break on a winning streak the Stoney Creek Generals handed Dundas an 8-1 setback in Allan Cup Hockey action in the Gateway Ice Centre. 

In spite of the loss, the McCoys lead the season series between the two clubs 3-1 in games. 

Last Friday night in the Brantford Civic Centre, the McCoys earned a 4-3 victory over the Brantford Blast as Shawn Snider fired the game-winner in the shootout.  The Blast out shot Dundas 70-34, but came out on the short end of the stick.

 

"We just can't keep giving up as many shots as we have been, and expect to win every night. We're taking some time off, and when we come back in the New Year we will focus on defence," said coach Ron Bernacci.  "Our game plan is to keep working to improve through hard work and player additions.”

Next action for the McCoys will be on Friday, January 2, 2015 when they play the Whitby Dunlops at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena.  The following day, January 3, the McCoys play the Norwood Vipers at 6:30 p.m. in the Asphodel-Norwood Arena. 

 

In Brantford, last Friday, the McCoys edged the Blast to take a 3-2 lead in that series as Snider scored twice and set up a third goal.  Simon Mangos with a goal and an assist, and Cam Watson completed the scoring. 

On Sunday, the McCoys were surprised by a suddenly potent Stoney Creek offense as Watson got the lone Dundas goal on a first period powerplay with Chris McGuffin and Snider assisting.  Matt Reynolds paced the Generals with three goals with Dylan Gilbert, Nate Pageau, Tony Iaquinto, Jamie Visser, and Dennis Maxwell adding single goals.

 

 

 



Santa Claus came to town in a big way
 
By Larry Robertson; Photos by Richard Zazulak

DUNDAS—Santa Claus came early both for the kids of Dundas and the Dundas Real McCoys last Friday night on CHML’s Christmas Tree of Hope Teddy Bear Toss Night in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Don Robertson President and General Manger of the Real McCoys was ecstatic following Chris McGuffin’s Teddy Bear Toss goal to open the scoring in the first two minutes of play.  McGuffin scored twice on the night, but it was Cam Watson’s late game heroics, which stood out.

“It was a terrific sight. I have a truck full of toys to drop off Monday morning,” said Robertson.

Players and staff gather up the many teddy bears tossed last Friday night during the Dundas Real McCoys annual CHML’s Christmas Tree of Hope Teddy Bear Toss in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Watson’s goal on a third-period return rush gave the Dundas Real McCoys a hard fought come from behind 6-5 victory over Brantford Blast in Allan Cup Hockey in the Grightmire Arena.

"Since we don't like to critique our wins, we will take the victory and acknowledge our best player was again our best player…Mike Mole," Robertson noted.  “It’s veterans like Watson and Simon Mangos who are doing a good job for us with the young guys and Shawn Snider chipping in points and providing leadership."

The McCoys victory evened the season series between the two clubs at two wins each to set the stage for their next meeting Friday (December 19) in the Brantford Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m.  The Real McCoys final game before the Christmas break is at Stoney Creek on Sunday (December 21) at 2:30 p.m. in the Gateway Ice Centre.

Dundas captain Cam Watson’s signals Steve Hurst’s second-period goal which gave the McCoys a 4-1 lead in their eventual 6-5 victory over the Brantford Blast last Friday night in the Grightmire Arena.

Dundas took the early lead on McGuffin’s goal and built a 4-1 margin before the Blast started along the comeback trail.  Three third-period goals gave Brantford a 5-4 lead before Mangos scored the equalizer on a power play thus setting the stage for Santa’s early gift to the McCoys…Watson’s game winner.

Brantford forward, Derek Medeiros could smell a goal coming as he broke free of his check at the Dundas blueline, raced in on goal only to be thwarted by Dundas goalkeeper Mole.  The puck bounced into the corner and the McCoys were away.  Watson on the return rush scored the game at 17:22 of the third period.

On the night, in addition to Watson and McGuffin, the McCoys got goals from Mangos, Steve Hurst and Omar Ennaffati.  Snider set up three Dundas scoring plays, while Watson, Curtis Campbell, Keegan Rowe, and Scott Stafford added two assists each.  Mangos also had one assist.

For Brantford, Chris Rebernik had two goals and an assist with Medeiros, Mike Burgoyne, and Brad Jones rounding out the scoring.  Burgoyne, Cam Sault and Andrew Marcoux assisted on two goals apiece.

 

 



 

Last Friday most of the 2014 Allan Cup Trophy winning Dundas Real McCoys were on hand to receive their rings and witness the unfurling of the Allan Cup Tournament championship banner including brother-in-laws Nick Smith(4) and former captain Ryan Christie.  Dundas defeated Brantford Blast that night 6-3.  

Dundas’s win had a real ring to it…Allan Cup Ring   

By Larry Robertson; Photos by Karen Robillard

DUNDAS—It was another weekend of split-squad hockey as Dundas Real McCoy first topped Brantford Blast 6-3 last Friday night in Allan Cup Hockey action, and then fell 11-2 to the same club two days later at Brantford.

Friday night (December 5), should be a fulfilling one for everyone as the McCoys play the Stoney Creek Generals at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena. That night the Real McCoys-Salvation Army Food Drive begins leading up to Friday December 12th, and the McCoys annual CHML Christmas Tree of Hope Teddy Bear Toss.

Sunday night, Dundas will travel to Norwood to play the last place Vipers in the Asphodel-Norwood Arena at 6:30 p.m.

Last Friday, on Allan Cup Ring Night, Shawn Snider led the way with a pair of goals and an assist.  Scott Stafford chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Cam Watson, Chris McGuffin, and Joe Koudys added a goal and an assist each.   Andrew Marcoux, Joel Prpic and Derek Medeiros replied for Brantford.  Prpic also set up a goal.

Before the game, the 2014 Allan Cup champions were presented with their rings as the Allan Cup Tournament championship banner was unfurled at the west end of the arena.

"It was great to see everybody last Friday.  The banner was up, the group got their rings, and we won the hockey game.  It was a perfect night all around. Boy we have got great fans,” said President and General Manager Don Robertson.

"Greg Stewart rejoined the team Friday added to our depth, which we continue build.  The re-tooling will continue as we get deeper into the schedule.”

 

That game was the second meeting between the Allan Cup champion McCoys and the John Ross Robertson Cup winning Blast since the season began.  Brantford took the series opener 7-4 on Friday, November 14 at Brantford. Dundas the second game last Friday at home before losing Sunday in the Brantford Civic Centre.

"What happened Sunday has never happened to us before…getting our butts kicked like that. There are many reasons, but none of them really matter now.  Brantford seemed to enjoy hammering us while they piled up their personnel stats.  I hope they enjoyed it, that’s all that I can say,” remarked Robertson.   In Sunday’s loss, Simon Mangos and Greg Stewart accounted for the Dundas scoring.

 


Snider’s 3-point night leads Dundas to 6-3 win   

DUNDAS--Shawn Snider with two goals and an assist paced the Dundas Real McCoys to a 6-3 victory over the Brantford Blast tonight in Allan Cup Hockey action last night in the JL Grightmire Arena.

 

Prior to the game, the 2014 Allan Cup champions were presented with their rings while the Allan Cup Tournament championship banner was unfurled at the west end of the arena.

Tonight’s game was the second meeting between the Allan Cup champion McCoys and the John Ross Robertson Cup winning Blast.  Brantford took the series opener 7-4 on Friday, November 14 at Brantford.  Next action for Dundas is Sunday in the Brantford Civic Centre at 2 p.m.

In addition to Snider, Scott Stafford chipped in with a goal and two assists while Cam Watson, Chris McGuffin, and Joe Koudys added a goal and an assist each.   Andrew Marcoux, Joel Prpic and Derek Medeiros replied for Brantford.  Prpic also set up a goal.



                                          
Allan Cuppers to return one final time

By Larry Robertson; Photo by Richard Zazulak
DUNDAS—Friday night (November 28) is expected to go down as the biggest hockey night of the year, maybe even of the century, for the Valley Town when members of the Allan Cup team return to Dundas for Allan Cup Championship Night.

That night, all the players who had a hand or a glove in winning Sir Hugh Andrew Montagu Allan’s treasured piece of hardware have been invited back to witness the unfurling of Hockey Canada’s Allan Cup Banner, and the presentation of Allan Cup rings during a pre-game ceremony in the JL Grightmire Arena. 


Dundas Real McCoys: 2014 Allan Cup Tournament Champions

That night, the Real McCoys take on the third place Brantford Blast at 7:30 p.m. and follow it up with a return trip to the Telephone City to play the Blast at 2 p.m. Sunday (November 30) afternoon in the Brantford Civic Centre.

The night will be a fitting match-up between the Ontario Hockey Association’s John Ross Robertson Cup champions (Brantford) and the Canadian Senior AAA Allan Cup champions (Dundas).
Dundas President and General Manager Don Robertson is counting on a strong performance from his young guns this weekend.  Last weekend unfortunately did not go quite as planned.

"That was an interesting weekend. We played without some of our veterans on defence last Friday, and managed to grab two points. Saturday night was another matter.  “If we can stay around the .500 mark until everybody gets their legs under them, I think we will be okay,” said Robertson.
 
"This Friday (November 28) will be a fun night for everyone, with the Allan Cup squad returning to receive their rings, and then seeing the Allan Cup Banner hang in our building.”

This past weekend, however, had its share of us and downs.  One of the ups was the club’s 3-2 victory over the league-leading Stoney Creek Generals, which played anything like league leaders.  One of the downs was the club’s short-staffed 8-3 loss in Whitby.  

Saturday night, Whitby seemed to win handily as it out shot Dundas 52-40.  Shane Terry led the way for the Dunlops with two goals and an assist.  For the McCoys, Scott Stafford picked up a goal and an assist as     Cam Watson and Chris McGuffin completed the scoring with a goal each.

Last Friday, the McCoys scored three second-period goals en route to their victory over Stoney Creek.  The game, however, was not as close as the score indicates.  Dundas built a 3-0 lead before the Generals came back with a Kyle Zettler goal with one second left in the middle period.  The Generals final goal came from Mike Ruberto with two seconds left in the game.
Colin Isnor, McGuffin – on a powerplay – and Shawn Snider completed the Dundas scoring.  Joe Koudys assisted on two of the McCoys goals.



Watson and Stafford shine in defeat

DUNDAS—You can call it a missed opportunity for the Dundas Real McCoys, but there were some positives to the 7-4 loss to the Brantford Blast last Friday night in Allan Cup Hockey in the Brantford Civic Centre.

One of the positives was the return of Cam Watson to the lineup with his first two-goal performance of the season.  The other, was another strong offensive performance by Scott Stafford with a second period powerplay goal.  Dundas had the best powerplay on the night getting three goals on four opportunities.

Don Robertson, President and General Manager of the Dundas Real McCoys, however, felt his charges were not as mentally prepared as they should have been for the contest.

"Brantford seemed more prepared Friday night and we just didn't respond as well as we had hoped we would. We played without two former pros at centre (Shawn Snider and Dan Lapointe), and that really showed,” said Robertson.

“We don’t have the depth yet to compensate when players are not available, however, we expect to have everybody Friday night at home. This weekend will be a real test because we play both Stoney Creek and Whitby, and that will tell us how we stack up.”

 

Friday night (November 21) the McCoys play the Stoney Creek Generals at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena, and then travel to Whitby on Saturday to play the Dunlops at 6:30 p.m. in the Iroquois Sports Centre

 

In addition to Watson and Stafford, Chris McGuffin added another goal while Simon Mangos assisted on two scoring plays.

 

Special Events

Allan Cup Championship night is set for Friday, November 28th when the Allan Cup banner will be raised and all the players will be invited back to receive their Allan Cup rings during a pre-game ceremony.

Season Tickets

Dundas Real McCoys season tickets are available by calling 905-627-4880, or at the office of ComChoice Real Estate, 179 King Street West in Dundas. 


Dundas posts season-opening sweep
Story by Larry Robertson; Photos by Richard Zazulak
DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys are off and skating with the hope of another appearance in the Allan Cup Hockey league playoffs.

Last Friday, they opened their 2014-15 season with a 5-2 victory over Norwood Vipers in in the JL Grightmire Arena, and followed it up with a 4-1 win over Stoney Creek Generals in the Gateway Arena.
  
In the home opener, the speed of the McCoys was on display throughout the match.  Norwood’s James Diminie opened the scoring at 12:02 of the first period, and then Dundas took over.  The McCoys scored once in the first period, twice in the second and added two more in the third.  

"Last year, it seemed we just changed the lines and let the players go.  This year, there’s a lot more instruction needed, and the new guys are responding to it well so far,” said President and General Manager Don Robertson.

  
“There is a big learning curve, and there will be some bumps along the way, but so far so good.  It also hasn't hurt that (Mike) Mole is playing the way he did in the Allan Cup Tournament. He was brilliant on the weekend,” added. Robertson, who feels that if Mole can stop 50 shots a night, his club will always have a chance to win. 

Curtis Campbell and Shawn Snider had a goal and two assists apiece in the home opener, with Keegan Rowe, Omar Ennaffatti, and Chris McGuffin adding singles.  Rowe and Ennaffatti each assisted on a goal.  In addition to Diminie, Joe Curry scored once for Norwood.

Last Sunday, in the McCoys first road game of the season, Snider picked up another two-point game with a goal and an assist.  Dan Lapointe and Scott Stafford also scored once and set up another goal each.  McGuffin had the other Dundas goal, while teammate, Mike Amodeo set up two goals.  Dundas scored in each period even though they were outshot 51-29 by Stoney Creek. Mike Ruberto had the lone goal for the Generals.

The next action for Dundas is Friday, November 14 when they travel to Brantford to take on the Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Community Centre.  Dundas returns home to play Stoney Creek on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. before travelling to Whitby to play the Dunlops the following night in the Iroquois Sports Centre at 6:30 p.m.

Special Events
Allan Cup Championship night is set for Friday, November 28th when the Allan Cup banner will be raised and all the players will be invited back to receive their Allan Cup rings during a pre-game ceremony. 

 




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