By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
Back-to-back wins just before Christmas moved the Dundas Real McCoys into second place in Allan Cup Hockey and enabled the McCoys to equal Brantford Blast’s season streak of eight consecutive wins.
On. Dec 20, Dundas hammered the Whitby Dunlops 8-3 and then doubled the count on Welland Whalers 6-3 as McCoys captain and inspirational leader Ryan Christie connected for a five-point weekend.
Christie was aided and abetted by Joe Koudys and Cam Watson with four points apiece over the weekend. Justin Davis and Jordan Foreman each had three points in the two games.
Koudys first-period goal prompted close to a thousand teddy bears of all shapes and sizes to rain down from the rafters of Grightmire Arena. Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf were on hand to lend a hand to ensure everything went as planned for the annual Scotiabank Teddy Bear Toss in support of the AM900 CHML Children’s Fund and the Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive.
Following their four-point win over Whitby, the McCoys had a firm grasp on second place in the standings with eight wins and two losses. Whitby was in third with a 7-4-0-0 record. Brantford continued to lead the pack with 10 wins, two losses and a shootout loss good for 21 points.
“Winning three of four games on the road was important to us as we start playing everybody in the league,” said director of hockey operations Ron Bernacci. “The guys seem committed, which was what we asked of them from the start of the season. We’ll just keep working at it, and prepare for the playoffs.”
President and general manager Don Robertson, said the signing of Jason Ward will give the McCoys a boost.
“He (Ward) has great strengths and was captain of the Hamilton Bulldogs and the American Hockey League’s Les Cunningham Most Valuable Player Award winner in 2003,” said Robertson.
Ward went on to play more than 300 games in the National Hockey League, but has not won a championship. He is expected to take to the ice at home on Friday, Jan. 3.
On Dec. 20 in Dundas, Koudys connected for two goals and two assists with Davis adding a pair of goals and an assist. Christie scored twice and Watson added a goal and two assists. Jeff White rounded out the scoring with a single marker. Scott Mifsud set up two goals.
The following night, Christie led the way with two goals and an assist. Nick Smith added a goal and three assists and Foreman chipped in with a goal and two assists.Watson and Adam Deleeuw completed the scoring with single goals.