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Dundas into 4th after Thorold victory

By Larry Robertson
DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys gained a split in their Allan Cup Hockey weekend action, and overtook Thorold Athletics for fourth place in the league standings.

Last Friday night, the McCoys engaged in a shootout with the Stoney Creek Generals, only to come out on the short end of a 10-8 score.  The story was different the next night, as they defeated the Thorold Athletics 6-3 at Thorold, on a three-goal effort by Beni Berisha.

“Last Friday was a shootout; it was fun for the fans to watch I'm sure,” said Don Robertson, McCoys President and General Manager. “The Generals have a nice club, but they took some liberties, and (Jordan) Foreman took exception to a blindsided hit.  He left the players bench to straighten the situation out, and he received a three-home game suspension, and Coach Ron Bernacci received two games.”

“Saturday, we stepped up our game in front of a big Thorold crowd, and walked out with a tough three points," Robertson added. “This Friday we have Whitby in town.  They took great glee in running the score up against us a couple of weeks ago, and our guys are excited about playing them again.”    

In addition to Berisha, Dundas got a pair of goals from Trevor Atkinson, and a single from captain Cam Watson.  Shawn Snider assisted on three of the McCoys goals.  Thorold replied with two goals from Steven Dol and one from Jay Hill.  Dol also had one assist.

Last Friday in the Grightmire Arena, Watson led the Dundas attack with three goals and two assists. He scored once shorthanded and once on a powerplay. Chris Hulit added three goals and one assist. Jake Guidon and Curtis Campbell completed the scoring with a goal each.  Steve Hurst and Matthew Bragg assisted on three goals each and Atkinson drew two assists.





Short benches can spell defeat!
By Larry Robertson; Photo by Richard Zazulak

DUNDAS—It is often said that, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and the Dundas Real McCoys believe in that. Last Friday night, the McCoys entered into their first meeting of the Allan Cup Hockey season against the Whitby Dunlops knowing they would be in for a fight.  The two clubs battled through 60 minutes even-steven; however, the McCoys were unable to overcome the effects of Whitby’s 2-1 first period lead.

Greg Leyden scored shorthanded for Whitby at 18:21 of the first, and that proved to be the margin of victory.  The Dunlops went on to edge Dundas 5-4 in the JL Grightmire Arena, and followed that with a 9-1 victory over a short-staffed McCoys club the next night in Whitby’s Iroquois Sports Complex.   

"Neil Clelland stepped in and gave us a chance to win Friday night, but we came up short,” said McCoys President and General Manager Don Robertson. “Saturday night, Whitby does what they do best, and that's hammer teams when they don't come ready to play or without a full squad."
Dundas went from holding down fourth place in the ACH standings to fifth with a record of two wins and three losses.  Whitby with back-to-back wins increased its winning streak to five games.

"We were short players this weekend, and that falls on me.  It cost us points, and that doesn't please anybody,” added Robertson. “That's how we do it, and sometimes it costs us.”
“There are players that we signed that have not shown up.  We got trapped.  We'll fix it and find success, either with them or with new players. It's only November, and the trophies are being cleaned at this time of year not handed out."  

The Stoney Creek Generals play Dundas on Friday night (November 20) in the Grightmire Arena at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday (November 21), the McCoys travel to Thorold to play the Athletics at 5:55 p.m.

Last Friday, Dundas gave the Dunlops a tough fight as Mike Amodeo and Beni Berisha led the way with a goal and an assist each.  Cam Watson and Scott Stafford added single goals while Shawn Snider set up two scoring plays.  Kyle Ventura and Adam Van Dam paced the Dunlops attack with a goal and two assists each.  Shane Terry, Matt Gray, and Greg Leyden completed the Whitby scoring with single goals. Satuday night at Whitby, Marcus Carroll scored three times, and Kyle Musselman added a pair. Darren Doherty chipped in with two more goals and an assist with Scott Freeman and Kyle Ventura adding single goals.  Peter MacKellar, Patrick Jobb, Jason Dale, and Shane Terry set up two scoring plays each.



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