By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
In the spirit of giving, the Dundas Real McCoys want to give the Brantford Blast a Christmas gift this Friday, Dec. 21, they won't soon forget.
Last Friday night, the Orillia Sunrise Toyota Tundras proved the Blast could be beaten (6-3 in Brantford), and general manager Don Robertson and his Real McCoys want to build on that theme by showing it really is better to give than to receive at Christmas time.
“This Friday should be a beauty against Brantford,” said Robertson. “We played them hard in Brantford, but ran out of gas, and the last time they were in our rink, we were shorthanded due to the snow storm.
“However, we should be set for them on Friday. Brantford is the benchmark in the league this year, so we’ll see just how we stack up against them."
Friday night, the McCoys also encourage their fans to give bountiful gifts to the December Food Drive in support of the Dundas Salvation Army, while they give their all against the Blast on the ice surface of the JL Grightmire Arena. Game time is 7:45 p.m. The McCoys final home game of the year and the month is Friday, Dec. 28, when they take on the Whitby Dunlops at 7:45 p.m.
"Last Friday night, the only thing that went well was the Teddy Bear Toss,” said Robertson. “That game was as flat as we have played at home in years. Give Welland full marks, they worked hard and deserved the win."
Last Friday, three first-period goals inspired the Welland Whalers to come back and defeat the Valley Town squad 7-4 in Allan Cup Hockey action on Teddy Bear Toss Night. The next night, however, was a different story as the McCoys roared into Welland and put the REAL back into Real McCoys with a 9-3 victory.
"Saturday, the guys found the REAL in Real McCoys, and we looked like a different team in front of a huge crowd in Welland,” said Robertson. “Our guys played hard in both ends of the rink and the results speak for themselves."
Dundas is in third place in the standings with seven wins and six losses in 13 games, while the Whalers are fourth with a 3-10 record.
Brantford leads the pack with 11 wins and one defeat. Whitby is second with seven wins and four losses, including one overtime and one shootout loss.