By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
Dundas Real McCoys general manager Don Robertson is guaranteeing a win this weekend — for Breast Cancer Research — even though the McCoys fell twice this past weekend in Allan Cup hockey action.
On Friday night, Oct. 26, the Robertson Cup champions return home for a re-match with the Orillia Sunrise Toyotas Tundras at 7:45 p.m. That night Dundas hockey fans will be able to purchase the pink sweaters off the back of their favourite players with proceeds going to support the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.
On Saturday, the McCoys travel to Welland to take on the Whalers at 7:30 p.m.
This past weekend, the McCoys opened their season on the road and fell 6-3 to the Orillia Tundras before dropping an 8-6 decision to the Whitby Dunlops the next night.
“Our league partners know that I think we should start Nov. 1, and it seems we wait until then, anyway,” said Robertson. “It was an interesting start. Teams want us for their home openers, and we agree, however, they are loaded for bear.”
“I hate losing, but they don’t hand out any hardware in October anyway. We’ll be fine; we will have more of our veterans in the line-up for Friday’s home opener. Last weekend we looked at lots of newcomers, and we were very pleased with some of the things that we saw…but not everything because we lost.”
Last Friday in Orillia, the McCoys started strongly as TJ Sakaluk scored the only goal of the opening period on a power-play with Brad Jackson and Mark Jooris assisting at 15:12. Two goals early in the second gave the Tundras a 2-1 lead until Jooris connected for his first goal of the season, again on a power-play mid-way through the period with Jackson and Mike Berry drawing the assists. The Tundras scored again with less than two minutes to go in the period and never looked back.
The McCoys’ final goal came again on the power-play when Berry and Jooris set up Brad Kenny at 10:38. The McCoys were dominant on the power-play, scoring three times on their six opportunities. Orillia was one for seven. A total of 100 minutes in penalties were handed out for 28 infractions.
In Whitby, the McCoys provided the Dunlops fans with a spirited comeback that unfortunately fell short of the mark. Dundas appeared to lull the Dunlops to sleep when they struck for three goals in the final two minutes of play. Unfortunately, they could not bridge the gap. Kenny scored three times, with Frankie Grandits adding another.
Dundas Real McCoys season tickets are still on sale for $99 plus HST, and may be purchased through the Real McCoys hockey office at 179 King St, W. in Dundas.
For more information contact Robertson at 905-572-0063.