By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
Brantford Blast scored twice in the first period and three times in the second en route to a 5-0 shutout victory over Dundas Real McCoys in Allan Cup Hockey action last Friday night in the Brantford Civic Centre.
The Blast doubled the shot count on the McCoys, firing 42 times at Dundas goalie Bryan Worosz, while Anthony Marshall handled 24 at the other end of the rink.
The Valley Town squad got some manner of satisfaction when the Blast fell 6-5 in overtime to the last-place Welland Whalers the following night. It’s only the second time the league-leaders have lost this season, and both times to teams in the bottom half of the standings.
The McCoys, however, have their work cut out for them if they hope to pass Whitby Dunlops for second place and home ice in the playoffs. It all begins this Friday night, Jan. 25, when Dundas plays a re-match with Brantford on Kids Night at J.L. Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m.
On Friday night any minor hockey player wearing his or her sweater will be admitted to the game free of charge. Saturday night the McCoys play the Whalers at 7:30 p.m. in Welland.
“This Friday we plan to let Brantford know that we can play with them, and that we are tough to beat in our rink,” said McCoys general manager Don Robertson.
“Last Friday, the only group on the ice that did their jobs were the Brantford players. It was a poor effort on our part. We have to do better at home…which we will.”
“We are planning to make additions to the lineup that will put us in a position to defend our John Ross Robertson Cup title,” said Robertson.
Last Friday in Brantford, the Blast appeared to score whenever they had the man-power advantage. Three goals came on the power play and another when the Blast had the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call in the first period. Brantford got off to a two-goal lead within the first four minutes of the game.
Scoring for the Blast were Greg Bullock with two goals and singles by Ryan Healy, Jon Jankus, and Chad Spurr. Chad’s brother Kyle set up two of the scoring plays, as did Cam Sault, Mike Roberto, and Scott Duncan. There was no scoring in the third period.