Dundas Real McCoys head east to defend national title

Community Apr 09, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It’s a team with a tighter roster and smaller, more mobile defense than last year’s Allan Cup champion Dundas Real McCoys, that is travelling to Clarenville, Newfoundland Sunday to defend the national amateur hockey championship it won at home last year.

Real McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson pointed out a string of injuries that will keep a few players here in Ontario April 13 to 18 – unlike 2014 where a long list of eligible players were all healthy and ready to go.

“We don’t have the same depth as last year,” Robertson said.

Last year’s long, experienced roster meant several good players never even dressed during Dundas’ four-game unbeaten run to the title. But in Clarenville next week, forward Mike Amodeo and defensemen Jeff White and Steve Hurst will dress and see plenty of ice time.

Veterans Darryl Smith and Greg Stewart, who both contributed to the 2014 Allan Cup win, aren’t expected to play this time. Smith is injured and Stewart has work commitments that will likely prevent him from making the trip.

Robertson isn’t sure the team will take advantage of practice time between their Sunday afternoon arrival and opening game Monday at 4 p.m. Dundas had a practice scheduled for Wednesday at Westoby Ice Surface – and with the shorter roster, Robertson figures the brief rest upon arrival might be more valuable.

Dundas’ first game matches them against Grand Fall’s-Windsor Cataracts. Although they haven’t met the Newfoundland team, the opponent is not unknown to them. The game starts at 4 p.m. Newfoundland time - 2: 30 p.m. Dundas time.

Robertson pointed out Clarenville was able to add eight Cataracts players to the roster it brought to Dundas for last year’s Allan Cup. This year, the top Newfoundland players will instead be spread between the province’s two teams in the tournament.

“I don’t think Clarenville would have had the success they did, without those eight guys,” Robertson said.

The next afternoon, Dundas meets South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba. The opponent features much of the same roster that lost 4-3 to Dundas in game one of last year’s Allan Cup. Returning McCoys Jordan Foreman, Simon Mangos and Cam Watson all scored in that win. Returning goalie Mike Mole stopped 26 shots.

This year’s McCoys will look to those veteran players to provide leadership at the 2015 Allan Cup.

Newcomers Shawn Snider, Beni Berisha and Brad Bonello all played starring roles in 14 league playoff games and two wins against Kenora Thistles in the Renwick Cup provincial championship.

Dundas was guaranteed a spot as host in last year’s Allan Cup. Brantford Blast and Kenora Thistles also qualified last year. With one Ontario spot available in Newfoundland, Dundas had to battle.

After a losing record in the regular season, Real McCoys upset regular season champion Whitby Dunlops and second place Brantford Blast – each in six games – before sweeping Kenora for the Ontario title.

Dundas Real McCoys head east to defend national title

Smaller, faster hockey team than 2014

Community Apr 09, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It’s a team with a tighter roster and smaller, more mobile defense than last year’s Allan Cup champion Dundas Real McCoys, that is travelling to Clarenville, Newfoundland Sunday to defend the national amateur hockey championship it won at home last year.

Real McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson pointed out a string of injuries that will keep a few players here in Ontario April 13 to 18 – unlike 2014 where a long list of eligible players were all healthy and ready to go.

“We don’t have the same depth as last year,” Robertson said.

Last year’s long, experienced roster meant several good players never even dressed during Dundas’ four-game unbeaten run to the title. But in Clarenville next week, forward Mike Amodeo and defensemen Jeff White and Steve Hurst will dress and see plenty of ice time.

Veterans Darryl Smith and Greg Stewart, who both contributed to the 2014 Allan Cup win, aren’t expected to play this time. Smith is injured and Stewart has work commitments that will likely prevent him from making the trip.

Robertson isn’t sure the team will take advantage of practice time between their Sunday afternoon arrival and opening game Monday at 4 p.m. Dundas had a practice scheduled for Wednesday at Westoby Ice Surface – and with the shorter roster, Robertson figures the brief rest upon arrival might be more valuable.

Dundas’ first game matches them against Grand Fall’s-Windsor Cataracts. Although they haven’t met the Newfoundland team, the opponent is not unknown to them. The game starts at 4 p.m. Newfoundland time - 2: 30 p.m. Dundas time.

Robertson pointed out Clarenville was able to add eight Cataracts players to the roster it brought to Dundas for last year’s Allan Cup. This year, the top Newfoundland players will instead be spread between the province’s two teams in the tournament.

“I don’t think Clarenville would have had the success they did, without those eight guys,” Robertson said.

The next afternoon, Dundas meets South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba. The opponent features much of the same roster that lost 4-3 to Dundas in game one of last year’s Allan Cup. Returning McCoys Jordan Foreman, Simon Mangos and Cam Watson all scored in that win. Returning goalie Mike Mole stopped 26 shots.

This year’s McCoys will look to those veteran players to provide leadership at the 2015 Allan Cup.

Newcomers Shawn Snider, Beni Berisha and Brad Bonello all played starring roles in 14 league playoff games and two wins against Kenora Thistles in the Renwick Cup provincial championship.

Dundas was guaranteed a spot as host in last year’s Allan Cup. Brantford Blast and Kenora Thistles also qualified last year. With one Ontario spot available in Newfoundland, Dundas had to battle.

After a losing record in the regular season, Real McCoys upset regular season champion Whitby Dunlops and second place Brantford Blast – each in six games – before sweeping Kenora for the Ontario title.

Dundas Real McCoys head east to defend national title

Smaller, faster hockey team than 2014

Community Apr 09, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It’s a team with a tighter roster and smaller, more mobile defense than last year’s Allan Cup champion Dundas Real McCoys, that is travelling to Clarenville, Newfoundland Sunday to defend the national amateur hockey championship it won at home last year.

Real McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson pointed out a string of injuries that will keep a few players here in Ontario April 13 to 18 – unlike 2014 where a long list of eligible players were all healthy and ready to go.

“We don’t have the same depth as last year,” Robertson said.

Last year’s long, experienced roster meant several good players never even dressed during Dundas’ four-game unbeaten run to the title. But in Clarenville next week, forward Mike Amodeo and defensemen Jeff White and Steve Hurst will dress and see plenty of ice time.

Veterans Darryl Smith and Greg Stewart, who both contributed to the 2014 Allan Cup win, aren’t expected to play this time. Smith is injured and Stewart has work commitments that will likely prevent him from making the trip.

Robertson isn’t sure the team will take advantage of practice time between their Sunday afternoon arrival and opening game Monday at 4 p.m. Dundas had a practice scheduled for Wednesday at Westoby Ice Surface – and with the shorter roster, Robertson figures the brief rest upon arrival might be more valuable.

Dundas’ first game matches them against Grand Fall’s-Windsor Cataracts. Although they haven’t met the Newfoundland team, the opponent is not unknown to them. The game starts at 4 p.m. Newfoundland time - 2: 30 p.m. Dundas time.

Robertson pointed out Clarenville was able to add eight Cataracts players to the roster it brought to Dundas for last year’s Allan Cup. This year, the top Newfoundland players will instead be spread between the province’s two teams in the tournament.

“I don’t think Clarenville would have had the success they did, without those eight guys,” Robertson said.

The next afternoon, Dundas meets South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba. The opponent features much of the same roster that lost 4-3 to Dundas in game one of last year’s Allan Cup. Returning McCoys Jordan Foreman, Simon Mangos and Cam Watson all scored in that win. Returning goalie Mike Mole stopped 26 shots.

This year’s McCoys will look to those veteran players to provide leadership at the 2015 Allan Cup.

Newcomers Shawn Snider, Beni Berisha and Brad Bonello all played starring roles in 14 league playoff games and two wins against Kenora Thistles in the Renwick Cup provincial championship.

Dundas was guaranteed a spot as host in last year’s Allan Cup. Brantford Blast and Kenora Thistles also qualified last year. With one Ontario spot available in Newfoundland, Dundas had to battle.

After a losing record in the regular season, Real McCoys upset regular season champion Whitby Dunlops and second place Brantford Blast – each in six games – before sweeping Kenora for the Ontario title.