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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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