By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
Brantford’s Blast have become the bookends of the Dundas Real McCoys success story during the 2013-14 Allan Cup Hockey season while the two teams battle it out for supremacy in the six-team league.
The McCoys 11-game winning streak began Friday, Nov. 22 with their 10-3 victory over the Stoney Creek Generals. The win came after absorbing a 3-1 loss to the Blast on Nov. 15. Their streak ended last Friday night with the Blast’s 3-2 shoot-out victory. Thus, the Blast became the bookends of the McCoys 11-game streak.
“Our guys can't wait to get another crack at Brantford this Friday,” said Dundas president and general manager Don Robertson. “The game will be worth the price of admission.”
The McCoys take on the Blast Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. at Grightmire.
The loss last Friday started yet another streak. The McCoys lost their second in a row last Saturday 4-2 in Whitby. Saddled with a short bench, Dundas fell to its opponents for only the fourth time this season.
“This a tough league to win in. If you don't play your best hockey, you won't be successful,” said Robertson. “The past weekend proved it. We had a short bench (not enough players) against Whitby, and it really showed. I am correcting that situation right now.”
Five points separate the top four Allan Cup Hockey teams. Brantford leads with 12 wins, three losses and a shootout loss for 25 points, while Dundas is second (11-3-0-1) with 23 points.
Last Friday, Scott Mifsud put Dundas on the scoreboard at 15:52 of the first period. Brantford came back to tie the score, then Darryl Smith with an unassisted goal put the McCoys back into the lead with two and an half minutes to go in the second period. In the final 20 minutes of play, Joel Prpic tied the score. Overtime did not solve anything, and the teams moved on to a shootout. Brandon Dietrich scored the winner for Brantford. The following day in Whitby, John Scrymgeour scored once and assisted on two other plays as the Dunlops doubled the score on Dundas 4-2.