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Mole, Mangos shine in Dundas shootout

Dundas Real McCoys worked a short bench to their advantage as they edged the Brantford Blast 2-1 in a shootout in their final Allan Cup Hockey regular season game at home tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena. Dundas goalkeeper Mike Mole, time after time in the final minutes and seconds of the third period and the overtime Mole demonstrated why he was the Most Valuable Player in the 2014 Allan Cup Hockey Tournament won by the McCoys. The two clubs traded goals by Brantford’s Derek Medeiros and Jake Guindon for the McCoys, however, in the third Shawn Snider narrowly missed banking a shot from the point past Blast netminder Brett Leggat.  A couple of minutes later Dundas wired another shot off the goalpost to Leggat’s right that could have sealed the victory for the McCoys. In the shootout, defenceman Simon Mangos scored the only goal as he skated in on Leggat, drew him down, pulled the puck to his (Mangos’s) right and swept the puck behind the Blast goalie.  

Prior to tonight’s game, Tom Strauch Senior Hockey Chairman of the Ontario Hockey Association presented Chris Hulit with the OHA’s Senior AAA Player of the Month Award for January.   In eight games, the Sault Ste. Marie native scored seven goals added six assists for 13 points.

The game was a fund raising event in support of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice Foundation for the Centre for Hospice Palliative Care “Compassionate Care that Celebrates Life.”  A portion of the price of each ticket sold was donated to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice Foundation. It was also Home Depot, Dundas Minor Hockey Association Night in Dundas.

Wednesday night (February 17), the McCoys take on the Hamilton Steelhawks in a one-game suddendeath playoff game to determine which club will advance against the fourth place team (Thorold Athletics) in a best-of-three playoff beginning on Friday, February 19th.  The McCoys won the five-game regular seasons series 3-2 in games.



Mangos leads Dundas past league leaders



DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys with a total team effort snapped a nine-game winless streak as they edged the first place Stoney Creek Generals 4-3 in overtime, in Allan Cup Hockey action tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena. Tonight was “Pink in the Rink” night as the McCoys, and Com/Choice Realty played in support of Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation with a portion of all tickets going to support the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre. Prior to the contest, the McCoys paid tribute to the 2014-15 Dundas Blues Peewee Rep team which was honoured with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s Home Town Excellence Award. 


Dundas rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Generals, and then grabbed a 3-2 lead before Stoney Creek’s Jordan Morrison tied the score with a one-timer past goalkeeper Neil Clelland with eight minutes to go in the third period. In overtime, both teams had their chances, but the McCoys were the opportunists.  With 40 second gone in the extra frame, Ryan O’Mara lost the puck in front of the McCoys net with Clelland at his mercy.  Dundas grabbed the puck, raced down the ice, and defenceman Simon Mangos fired a wrist shot past Generals goalie Daniel Svedin at 55 seconds of overtime.


For Mangos, the goal capped a three-point night, while Chris Hulit added a goal and an assist. Jordan Foreman and Matthew Bragg added single goals.  Jarrett Konkle, Nathan Pageau (on a penalty shot), and Morrison replied for the Generals.




Snider, Watson, Hulit too much for Steelhawks


DUNDAS—Christmas came early for the Dundas Real McCoys when Santa Claus and Elf provided them with an 8-3 victory over the Hamilton Steelhawks in one of three Allan Cup Hockey league tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena.


In other action, the Whitby Dunlops defeated the Brantford Blast 2-1 in overtime, while the Stoney Creek Generals edged the Thorold Athletics 4-3 at Thorold.


Shawn Snider earned the game’s first star with a goal and five assists for the McCoys with Cam Watson adding a pair of goals including one on the lone powerplay of the game. Watson also had three assists. Chris Hulit rounded out the line’s expertise around the net with two goals and two assists. The line as a whole accounted for 15 scoring points.


Simon Mangos, Chris McGuffin and Brent Vandenberg completed the Dundas scoring with single goals. Mark Rogers scored twice for Hamilton with captain Gary Clarke adding the other.


Tomorrow (Saturday) the McCoys travel to Whitby to play the Dunlops in the Iroquois Sports Complex at 6:30 p.m. while Brantford takes on the Steelhawks in the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Watson leads Dundas with two goals in losing effort!


DUNDAS—It was a good old hockey war tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena as the Brantford Blast fired long and hard at the Dundas Real McCoys and engaged the home side in four skirmishes en route to a 5-2 Allan Cup Hockey victory over the McCoys.


Goalkeeper Brett Leggat gave the Blast a leg up on Dundas as he stopped 32 shots, while his teammates fired 42 in the direction of Dundas’s Mike Mole.


The next action for the McCoys is against the Hamilton Steelhawks on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena, and the following night (December 12) at Whitby against the Dunlops at 6:30 p.m. in Whitby’s Iroquois Sports Complex.


The bright spot of the night for Dundas was once again the play of captain Cam Watson with two goals, one of which came on the powerplay.  Chris Levelle paced the Brantford attack with two goals and an assist.  Chris Rebernik added a goal and set up another, while Derek Medeiros and Dustin Alcock scored once each.  Cam Sault and Jamie Williams set up two scoring plays apiece.   



Dundas has sights set on third place

By Larry Robertson; Photo by Richard Zazulak
DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys have five games left on the schedule before the Christmas break. Each one is a big one in their quest to reach at least third place heading into the New Year.

The McCoys currently sit in fifth, four points out of third with the team they are focused on catching, the Brantford Blast, which is in town this Friday night (December 4) at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena.

The night is also the start of the annual Salvation Army Food Drive with Santa Claus coming to town for the Real McCoys Teddy Bear Toss and CHML’s Toy Drive on Friday, December 18th.

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Hulit and Bragg not enough to stop Whitby

DUNDAS— Kyle Ventura scored twice and set up another goal as the league-leading Whitby Dunlops edged the Dundas Real McCoys 4-3 in one of three Allan Cup Hockey league games tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena.

In other action, Hamilton Steelhawks lost 13-4 to Thorold Athletics at Thorold in the battle of the expansion teams, while the second-place Stoney Creek Generals downed the Brantford Blast 9-6 at Brantford.

Ventura gave the Dunlops the early lead as he squeezed a puck past McCoys goalkeeper Mike Mole with 32 seconds left in the opening period.  Dundas’s Shawn Snider scored the equalizer at 13:54 of the second before the third period shootout began.

In the third, Chris Hulit gave Dundas a 2-1 lead.  Whitby answered with goals by Brett McConnachie and Ventura to re-take the lead.  Matthew Bragg drew the McCoys even again, but they were unable to hold off the surging Dunlops.  Adam Van Dam scored the game-winner at 12:51 of the third.

Dundas returns to action next Friday, December 4 against the Brantford Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena.

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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