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Photo by Richard Zazulak

Photo by Richard Zazulak

Jason Ward (32) finds the corner on Brantford’s Brett Leggat on a power-play last Friday late in the first period.

Second period holds the key to Blast, McCoys Robertson Cup series

By Larry Robertson, Special to the News

The second period has been the key to success in each of the past two John Ross Robertson Cup championship games between the Dundas Real McCoys and the Brantford Blast.

Last Sunday in Brantford, the McCoys scored three unanswered goals in the second en route to a 4-3 victory. Two days before, it was Brantford that came back with four unanswered goals in a 5-3 win.

On Friday night, who knows what will happen in Game 3 at Grightmire Arena.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.  The fourth game will be played Sunday, March 30 in Brantford at 2 p.m.

“We said before it started that this was going to be a tough series with the talent and the rivalry,” said Dundas president and general manger Don Robertson. “It is going to be a hard fought series. The layoff that we had for a couple weeks left us sluggish for Friday night, and Brantford played hard for the victory.”

The games this weekend will be no different, said Robertson.

‘The series is growing in intensity, and there will be some great games before it is over. Our lineup will change as players come back from injuries.  We have inserted a lot of guys into the lineup during the first two games of the series,” said Robertson.

Similarly to last Friday, Brantford held the lead after the first period, and then Dundas took over with three goals. Greg Stewart scored twice two minutes apart. Cam Watson on a powerplay and Ryan Crane had the other goals for the Real McCoys.

Watson was the only player on both sides to score with the man-advantage. The Blast went goal-less on seven power-plays.

In the series opener, Cam Sault led the Blast with two goals and an assist. Scott Stafford, Jason Ward and Watson replied for Dundas.

The McCoys had held a 3-1 lead midway through the second period before the Blast rallied.

The best-of-seven series John Ross Robertson Cup Championship continues March 28 in Dundas, 7:30 p.m. and March 30  in Brantford, 2 p.m. The teams will also play April 4 in Dundas, 7:30 p.m., April 6 in Brantford, 2 p.m. and Monday, April 7 in Dundas, 7:30 p.m.

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