Santa Claus came to town in a big way
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.
By Larry Robertson; Photo by Richard Zazulak
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.
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).
"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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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