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Real McCoys advance to Renwick Cup

by Larry Robertson, photo Rick Zazulak

DUNDAS—Standout goalkeeping by Mike Mole and three goals by Cam Watson plus an insurance marker by defenceman Simon Mangos gave the Dundas Real McCoys a 4-2 victory over the Brantford Blast, and the Ontario Hockey Association’s John Ross Robertson Cup before a capacity crowd tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena.

The Blast fought hard to unseat the defending Allan Cup Tournament champions, but in the end Dundas won the best-of-seven final 4-2 in games to advance for a fifth time to the Ontario Hockey Federations’ Renwick Challenge Cup final against the Kenora Thistles.

The difference tonight was the standout netminding by Mole in the Dundas net. In the final 12 minutes of the game, he withstood two solid challenges by Brantford snipers, which turned the tide in the McCoys favour.

Late in the game, Brantford netminder Anthony Marshall tried to leave the crease in favour of an extra attacker on two occasions, first with 1:04 left to play, and then again with 38 seconds to go.

Then with Marshall off, Brantford called for a 30-second time out to map out its strategy only to see it all evaporate as Dan Lapointe won the faceoff outside the Dundas blueline, and feed a pass back to Mangos at the top of the left faceoff circle. Mangos gathered the puck in and launched a shot the length of the ice into the yawning Brantford net.

In addition to Watson and Mangos, Jeff White, Steve Hurst, Greg Stewart, Duncan Dalmao, Beni Berisha, and Lapointe picked up single assists. Chris Rebernik paced Brantford with a goal and assist with Cam Sault adding the goal. Chris Leveille assisted on two scoring plays while Mike Burgoyne set up another.

 

 

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.

 

Dundas Real McCoys come home with 1-0 lead in league final
By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Photo by Rick Zazulak

Defending national senior AAA hockey champion Dundas Real McCoys come home with a 1-0 lead over Brantford Blast in their best-of seven Robertson Cup hockey final after Cam Watson scored the overtime winner in Brantford, Tuesday night.

Fellow veteran Real McCoys Darryl Smith and Simon Mangos also scored in the 5-4 win. First year McCoy Curtis Campbell scored twice to lead the team. Mangos added three assists for a total of four points.

Dundas goalie Mike Mole stopped 37 shots for the win, including six saves in overtime. Dundas managed just two shots in the extra frame, before Watson sent home the winner five minutes into the overtime frame.
Watson, Mole, Mangos and Smith were all members of the McCoys squad that won the Allan Cup at home in Dundas last year.

The winner of the local league final advances to the Ontario championship against Kenora Thistles for the province’s berth in the 2015 Allan Cup in Clarenville, Newfoundland.

DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys outskated and out-muscled the Whitby Dunlops enroute to an 8-3 victory to take the best-of-seven Allan Cup Hockey league semifinal series 4-2 in games tonight in the JL Grightmire Arena.

After dropping two games last week, the McCoys stormed out of the gate to take a 3-1 lead after the first period and a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Greg Stewart and Cam Watson earned a point in each period as they scored twice and assisted on the McCoys seventh and eight goals respectively.  Jeff White and Darryl Smith added a goal and assist each with Ben Berisha and Chris McGuffin scoring once each. Steve Hurst set up three of the Dundas goals.

Dundas will now play the Brantford Blast in the best-of-seven ACH final.  Brantford edged the Generals 3-2 in overtime tonight to take that series 4-1 in games.  Dates and times for the Dundas-Brantford series are to be determined.

 

Watson gives Dundas a 2-0 series lead

by Larry Robertson-photo Rick Zazulak

DUNDAS—A tip-in, a penalty shot and a friendly goalpost carried the Dundas Real McCoys to take a 2-0 game-lead in their Allan Cup Hockey semifinal with a 6-5 overtime victory over the Whitby Dunlops last night in the JL Grightmire Arena. It was both a tense and exhilarating night for the McCoys and their fans. 

Dundas got on the scoreboard first at 3:49 of the second period when Chris McGuffin scored on a penalty shot when he was hauled down in front of the Dunlops net. Later in the period, Mike Mole had a charmed life when a Whitby forward clanged a shot off his left goalpost.  In overtime, Cam Watson ended it all as he tipped in the game-winner off a rebound following Shawn Snider’s shot on Whitby goalie Jason Guy after a minute and half was played..

In addition to McGuffin and Watson, Ryan Moore, Derek Matheson, Dan Lapointe, and Simon Mangos scored once each, McGuffin, Moore and Watson added an assist each, while Snider set up a pair of goals.

For Whitby, Kyle Musselman led the way with a goal and three assists.  Adam Van Dam scored twice and set up a third goal, and Matthew Baxter added a goal and two assists.  Brett McConnachie scored their final goal.  Chris Eade and Scott Freeman assisted on two goals each.

The action resumes tonight at Whitby tonight (Saturday, February 28) at 6:30 p.m. Iroquois Park Sports Centre

Real boost for McCoys
from Hamilton Spectator
Photo-Sabrina Byrnes-Metroland Media

The Dundas Real McCoys had somewhere between little and no luck against the Whitby Dunlops during the Allan Cup Hockey regular season. The defending national champions had eked out one close victory over the Dunlops this year but were thrashed 8-3, 9-4 and 11-2 in their other games.

With that as the background, there were plenty of reasons not to feel great about their chances in a best-of-seven playoff series. That made Game One a bit of a surprise.

On Wednesday night, the McCoys went to Whitby and shut out the Dunlops 3-0. Simon Mangos had two goals while Mike Mole stopped 36 shots for the shutout. 

Game 2 is Friday night at the JL Grightmire Arena in Dundas at 7:30 p.m.

Also Friday, the Stoney Creek Generals open their series against the Brantford Blast in Brantford. Game 2 is Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Gateway Ice Centre.

                                                                                          

Dundas ready to play Whitby in Semis

By Larry Robertson

DUNDAS—What the Dundas Real McCoys were unable to accomplish, the Stoney Creek Generals did and in so doing matched Dundas with the first place Whitby Dunlops in the forth-coming best of seven Allan Cup Hockey semifinal series.

That series opens at Whitby on Wednesday, February 25 at 8 p.m. in Iroquois Park Sports Centre with game two in the JL Grightmire Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (February 27).  Game three will be at Whitby on Saturday (February 28) at 6:30 p.m.   The fourth game is set for Dundas on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.   Game five, if necessary, will be played on Saturday, March 7 at Whitby at 6:30 p.m. with games six and seven, if necessary, at Dundas on Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in the Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

Last Sunday in Brantford’s final game of the season, Stoney Creek edged the Blast 4-3 in a shootout with Dylan Gilbert scoring the winning goal. 

"We love this time of the year.  This season has been a challenge after last year, but we feel good.  Our coaches, Ron Bernacci and Dan Caco have a plan to give Whitby all the Dunlops can handle,” said President and General Manager Don Robertson.  “If we work hard we'll be fine.  This is a great time of year, and we hope to give our fans something to enjoy.”

Last Friday, the McCoys fell 8-4 to Brantford  8-4 after Dundas had opened the scoring at the end of a spirited first period, and appeared to have control of the game. The Blast, however, roared in front with five second-period goals to take the lead.

The third period was a mixed bag for the fans.  Dundas was quick off the mark with three unanswered goals to pull within one goal of the lead.  Nine minutes into the period, however, the game turned when Derek Medeiros scored on an unassisted play to put the Blast in front to stay.

 

 

Mark Jooris finally getting a taste of the NHL
By Scott Cruickshank, Calgary Herald, Photo- Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
February 10, 2015 

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Dundas goes all out in win over Whitby
By Larry Robertson; Photo by Richard Zazulak
DUNDAS—Ten points by Darryl Smith, Cam Watson and Beni Berisha and an all-out team effort enabled the Dundas Real McCoys to edge the league leading Whitby Dunlops 7-6 in Allan Cup Hockey action last Friday night in the JL Grightmire Arena.
The win ended a five-game losing streak for the fourth place McCoys.
"I was very proud of the guys this weekend. We are looking forward to the getting our full lineup back next weekend as we prepare for the playoffs,” said Coach Ron Bernacci. “If we get the performance that we want to have, we'll be good enough to have a shot at the League title again"
Bernacci is currently wrestling with the fact that a couple players are gone with injuries for the rest of the season, and that Scott Stafford has turned pro in Germany. He and the players know they will have to play hard and be smart if they are to have a shot at all. “That was all that we wanted back in October when we started.”
Next action for Dundas is the first of three games against Brantford, and their final three games of the regular season. Friday (February 13) the McCoys play the Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the Brantford Civic Centre. The two clubs then return to Dundas for the first of the final two games of the Dundas season on Monday, February 16 (Family Day) at 2 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena, before winding up the season on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Dundas.
Last Friday’s game was a tremendous moral victory for both the McCoys and their goalkeeper Mike Mole as he thwarted a first period penalty shot attempt by Whitby’s Peter MacKellar plus numerous other goalmouth challenges by the Dunlops. His biggest test came with 1:14 left to play in the game when he managed to corral a loose puck while Dunlop players flailed away at it in his crease.
With 1:04 remaining, Whitby’s Kyle Ventura scored on a screen shot from the right faceoff circle, however, that was a close as the Dunlops were able to come.
For Dundas, Smith had a five-point night with a goal and four assists. His line mates added five more points as Watson scored three times and assisted on another play, while Berisha added a single goal. Shawn Snider with a goal and an assist and Curtis Campbell with a single goal completed the scoring. Jeff White had four assists, and Chris McGuffin had two. The McCoys were two for two on the powerplay.
Jared Docking scored twice for Whitby with Kyle Ventura adding a goal and assist. MacKellar, Brett McConnachie and Matt Salituro completed the Dunlop scoring.

 

Jooris honoured, and Stafford turns pro

By Larry Robertson; Photos by Richard Zazulak

DUNDAS—There were many hills and valleys to be traversed by the Dundas Real McCoys over the weekend including the honouring of Mark Jooris, Scott Stafford turning pro, and two back-to-back losses in Allan Cup Hockey.

"As in life, you take the good with the bad; the Mark Jooris Night was a lot of fun as it should have been. The bad was that we lost twice.  We should have won on Friday, but we were smoked on Saturday when some of players let us down by not going to Whitby,” said President and General Manager Don Robertson. “That's issue we have to fix sooner rather than later if we are going to find success. We still have four player cards that we are going to fill."

One of those cards became available after last Friday night’s game, when fourth-year forward Scott Stafford officially informed the club that he was turning pro with Germany’s Wedemark Scorpions.  He will play in the club’s three remaining regular season games, the playoffs, and in the relegation round playoff.

"As an organization we hate to see Scott leave the Real McCoys.  He has worn the "A" well for us this season.  He is a wonderful young man, and we wish him nothing, but the best in Germany.  He is the first McCoy to turn pro in recent memory. We wish him well, and we are proud he played for us as a Real McCoy,” said Robertson.  Stafford joined the McCoys after graduating from the Thorold Blackhawks of the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League.

 “I appreciate the support and understanding of the Real McCoys about my opportunity. I loved playing for Don Robertson, and the McCoys.  I will be at some playoff games cheering the boys on when I get home,” said Stafford. “Thanks again Dundas for everything!  My experiences and development with the Real McCoys over the past four seasons has provided me with the opportunity at this level of hockey.”

Last Friday, was also Mark Jooris Night and “Pink in the Rink” Night for Breast Cancer Research with a portion of the gate receipts donated in support of the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.  Unfortunately, for the fans, the McCoys were edged 3-2 in overtime by the Stoney Creek Generals in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Mike Mole played his best Allan Cup Tournament style of goaltending, but it was not enough to save Dundas. On the night set aside to honour the McCoys alltime leading scorer, Mark Jooris, it was unfortunate that he was sitting in the crowd and not playing on the ice.  Could Jooris’s 2.34 point per game average have made a difference, who knows?

The night was a success for “Pink in the Rink” Night for Breast Cancer Research with a portion of the gate receipts donated in support of the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

Last Saturday night at Whitby was a downer for the club as they fell 11-2 to the Whitby Dunlops in the Iroquois Community Centre.  Whitby returns to Dundas this Friday (February 6) to play a re-match with the Real McCoys at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena.

The previous night, Dundas jumped into the early lead as Brett Smith and Brad Bonello scored four minutes apart early in the first period.  The Generals pulled within a goal when Kyle Zettler connected later in the period, but did not threaten.  It was not until Mike Ruberto tied the score from a goalmouth scramble with his brother Marcus assisting that the Creek came to life.

In overtime, the action was end-to-end until Matt Smith flipped the puck over Mole after the latter had blanked a scoring attempt by Dominic Crnogorac.  Brett Smith had a goal and an assist for Dundas, while Chris McGuffin assisted on both of the McCoys scoring plays.

At Whitby, the Dunlops took a 5-0 lead before Dundas was able to find that back of the net.  Beni Berisha on a powerplay and captain Cam Watson scored for the McCoys.  Berisha assisted on Watson’s goal.  Peter MacKellar, Matt Gray, and Connor Shingler scored twice each for the Dunlops.

Life’s not kind, but McCoys still in hunt

By Larry Robertson; Photos by Richard Zazulak
DUNDAS—Life has not been kind to the Dundas Real McCoys recently.  This past weekend they lost twice, and were informed that recent defensive addition Jake Laplante is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

However, there is a good side to all of this, Darryl Smith has been lured out of retirement and was back in uniform on the weekend, just in time for the official retirement of the club’s all-time leading scorer Mark Jooris.

Friday night (January 30) the McCoys, have a re-match with the Generals on Mark Jooris Night.  A portion of all ticket sales that night will be donated to the CIBC Breast Cancer Assessment Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Friday night the Dundas Real McCoys will celebrate their all-time leading scorer Mark Jooris, whom they could have used over the weekend. Last Friday night, Shawn Snider who played a strong game for Dundas, celebrated their opening goal by Scott Stafford.  

“We’ve lost three straight and that responsibility lies at my feet.  We cut back to the minimum number of players, and have been playing with a short bench,” said President and General Manager Don Robertson. “If the plan to retool the team fails I'll accept responsibility. However, I believe we are going to be fine with the addition of Jordan Foreman, and Darryl Smith.”

 

Derek Medeiros scored three times last Friday, and Andrew Marcoux added two more as the Brantford Blast defeated the McCoys 6-4 in Allan Cup Hockey in the JL Grightmire Arena.  Sunday afternoon, the Stoney Creek Generals defeated them 10-6 as the McCoys went zero for seven on the powerplay.

Beni Berisha picked up where he left off last Friday with two goals, which gave him five points on the weekend (two goals and three assists).  Chris McGuffin added a goal and an assist, while Scott Stafford, Curtis Campbell and Darryl Smith added single goals.  Steve Hurst set up two of the Dundas goals.  Mike Ruberto led the Stoney Creek attack with three goals and an assist.  Matt Smith and Nathan Pageau added two goals apiece.

Curtis Campbell, Scott Stafford and Chris McGuffin had a goal and an assist each for Dundas in their match with the Blast.  Shawn Snider had the other goal.  Berisha assisted on three Dundas goals. Cam Sault with a goal completed the Brantford scoring.  Jeff Caister drew two assists.  
Brantford has four wins and three losses against the fourth place Real McCoys this season.  

 

 

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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