Dundas Real McCoys take a 3-1 series lead
by Larry Robertson
DUNDAS—Just when it seemed the Brantford Blast had complete control the game, Dundas Real McCoys rose up put a snakebite on the Blast and raced to a 6-3 victory in the fourth game of the best-of-seven John Ross Robertson Cup final before a near capacity crowd tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena.
Game five of this series is at Brantford on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Civic Centre with game six (if necessary) at Dundas on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena.
Brantford opened the scoring again tonight and took a 2-0 lead before Cam Watson pulled the McCoys within a goal. In the second, the roof fell in on Dundas as they decorated both goalposts and missed an open net only to have the Blast’s Cam Sault score shorthanded at 16:04. Brantford’s Dustin Alcock was off for tripping.
In the third, Berisha and Simon Mangos scored within a minute of each other to tie the score at 3-3 thus setting the stage for the Dundas heroics.
With 11:42 left to play, Brantford’s Chris Leveille broke free at the Brantford blueline, raced toward the Dundas net only to be hauled down by Derek Matheson before any damage could be done.
Berisha connected for his second goal of the night while being slammed into the crossbar of the Brantford net by a Blast defender. Shawn Snider and Ryan Moore drew the assists on the game-winning goal at 11:13 of the third.
Brad Bonello put the icing on the cake when Chris McGuffin whipped a shot across the Brantford goalmouth, which Bonello batted from his knees, past a startled Brett Leggat in the Blast net 42 seconds later.
On the night, Berisha scored twice and had two assists. Watson also scored twice and Shawn Snider set up three of the Dundas scoring plays. Simon Mangos and Brad Bonello completed the scoring. Chris Rebernik and Cam Sault had a goal and assist for Brantford with Dustin Alcock adding the other.
The winner of the Robertson Cup will play host to the Kenora Thistles in the best-of-three Renwick Cup Championship between April 3 and 5, 2015. The Renwick Cup Champion will advance to the 2015 Allan Cup Senior AAA Hockey Tournament at Clarenville, Newfoundland between April 13 and 18, 2015.