Dundas drops first game at Allan Cup

Community Apr 13, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It came down to the numbers, as Dundas Real McCoys lost game one of the 2015 Allan Cup 5-3 to Grand-Falls Windsor Cataracts, Monday.

“The number of players, and the number of penalties,” McCoys general manager Don Robertson said, moments after the surprisingly close match in Clarenville, Newfoundland.

The defending Allan Cup national amateur hockey champions hit the ice to defend the title with just four defencemen, nine forwards and two goalies. Among the missing players are leading defender Simon Mangos and forwards Greg Stewart and Darryl Smith.

On top of the short bench, Dundas got into penalty trouble – collecting 12 infractions for a total of 32 minutes in the box.

It handed the Newfoundland team 10 power play opportunities. They capitalized on two of those chances – with defenceman Luke Gallant beating Dundas goalie Mike Mole twice with a man advantage.

“That speaks for itself,” Robertson said.

Having to kill all those power plays with a short bench drained the McCoys – and prevented Dundas from gathering any momentum.

Dundas managed 22 shots, including just six in the final frame.

But to throw some impressive numbers into the mix – Mole faced 66 shots from Grand Falls-Windsor. He made 61 saves.

“Mole was terrific,” Robertson said in a telephone interview with the Dundas Star News. “But a lot of shots were from the outside.”

Cam Fergus also had two goals for Grand Falls-Windsor.

In the third period, Dundas lost Dan LaPointe to a head contact misconduct, and Jordan Foreman to a minor injury. The Real McCoys finished the game with 11 skaters.

Robertson said both players will be back for Dundas’ second game, Tuesday afternoon against South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba.

Despite all the challenges, the penalty trouble and short bench, not getting enough pucks to the net and having to stretch their short-staffed defense, Dundas held a 1-0 lead after Cam Watson’s goal just two minutes into the first period and managed to stay close to Grand Falls-Windsor the entire game.

Dundas was down just 2-1 after one period and 4-2 after two periods. After the home team stretched its lead to 5-2 in the third period, Dundas closed the gap to 5-3 with six minutes left to play.

Shawn Snider had a short-handed goal, and an assist, for the McCoys. Brad Bonello scored Dundas’ other goal. Beni Berisha had two assists.  Steve Hurst and LaPointe each contributed one assist.

“This team won the Newfoundland championship, and if we had our full team we would have beat them,” Robertson said. “We’re in their league. We’re in the mix.”

He expects some reserves to arrive in Clarenville on Wednesday. But with the opening game loss, Dundas faces having to play five games in six days – including three games straight – to successfully defend their 2014 Allan Cup title.

It’s a challenge Allan Cup tournament teams have pointed to repeatedly in the past – even with full, healthy rosters. Winning the first two games to get a bye into the semi-final is considered key to winning an Allan Cup. It's the route both Dundas and Clarenville took to the final game last year in Dundas.

“The boys are tired,” Robertson said. “We’ll participate in the opening ceremonies (tonight) then head back (to the hotel) and shut it down. Then we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Dundas Real McCoys meet South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. Dundas time.

Robertson said the reception the defending Allan Cup champions have received in Clarenville, Newfoundland has already been amazing, less than one day into the week-long tournament.

He said several volunteers from the host town – which Dundas beat in overtime last year at home to win the national championship – have stopped him to say how happy they are to have Dundas in the tournament.

“It makes you feel pretty good,” Robertson said.

 

Dundas drops first game at Allan Cup

Short bench and penalties hurt in Real McCoys' 5-3 loss

Community Apr 13, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It came down to the numbers, as Dundas Real McCoys lost game one of the 2015 Allan Cup 5-3 to Grand-Falls Windsor Cataracts, Monday.

“The number of players, and the number of penalties,” McCoys general manager Don Robertson said, moments after the surprisingly close match in Clarenville, Newfoundland.

The defending Allan Cup national amateur hockey champions hit the ice to defend the title with just four defencemen, nine forwards and two goalies. Among the missing players are leading defender Simon Mangos and forwards Greg Stewart and Darryl Smith.

On top of the short bench, Dundas got into penalty trouble – collecting 12 infractions for a total of 32 minutes in the box.

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It handed the Newfoundland team 10 power play opportunities. They capitalized on two of those chances – with defenceman Luke Gallant beating Dundas goalie Mike Mole twice with a man advantage.

“That speaks for itself,” Robertson said.

Having to kill all those power plays with a short bench drained the McCoys – and prevented Dundas from gathering any momentum.

Dundas managed 22 shots, including just six in the final frame.

But to throw some impressive numbers into the mix – Mole faced 66 shots from Grand Falls-Windsor. He made 61 saves.

“Mole was terrific,” Robertson said in a telephone interview with the Dundas Star News. “But a lot of shots were from the outside.”

Cam Fergus also had two goals for Grand Falls-Windsor.

In the third period, Dundas lost Dan LaPointe to a head contact misconduct, and Jordan Foreman to a minor injury. The Real McCoys finished the game with 11 skaters.

Robertson said both players will be back for Dundas’ second game, Tuesday afternoon against South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba.

Despite all the challenges, the penalty trouble and short bench, not getting enough pucks to the net and having to stretch their short-staffed defense, Dundas held a 1-0 lead after Cam Watson’s goal just two minutes into the first period and managed to stay close to Grand Falls-Windsor the entire game.

Dundas was down just 2-1 after one period and 4-2 after two periods. After the home team stretched its lead to 5-2 in the third period, Dundas closed the gap to 5-3 with six minutes left to play.

Shawn Snider had a short-handed goal, and an assist, for the McCoys. Brad Bonello scored Dundas’ other goal. Beni Berisha had two assists.  Steve Hurst and LaPointe each contributed one assist.

“This team won the Newfoundland championship, and if we had our full team we would have beat them,” Robertson said. “We’re in their league. We’re in the mix.”

He expects some reserves to arrive in Clarenville on Wednesday. But with the opening game loss, Dundas faces having to play five games in six days – including three games straight – to successfully defend their 2014 Allan Cup title.

It’s a challenge Allan Cup tournament teams have pointed to repeatedly in the past – even with full, healthy rosters. Winning the first two games to get a bye into the semi-final is considered key to winning an Allan Cup. It's the route both Dundas and Clarenville took to the final game last year in Dundas.

“The boys are tired,” Robertson said. “We’ll participate in the opening ceremonies (tonight) then head back (to the hotel) and shut it down. Then we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Dundas Real McCoys meet South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. Dundas time.

Robertson said the reception the defending Allan Cup champions have received in Clarenville, Newfoundland has already been amazing, less than one day into the week-long tournament.

He said several volunteers from the host town – which Dundas beat in overtime last year at home to win the national championship – have stopped him to say how happy they are to have Dundas in the tournament.

“It makes you feel pretty good,” Robertson said.

 

Dundas drops first game at Allan Cup

Short bench and penalties hurt in Real McCoys' 5-3 loss

Community Apr 13, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It came down to the numbers, as Dundas Real McCoys lost game one of the 2015 Allan Cup 5-3 to Grand-Falls Windsor Cataracts, Monday.

“The number of players, and the number of penalties,” McCoys general manager Don Robertson said, moments after the surprisingly close match in Clarenville, Newfoundland.

The defending Allan Cup national amateur hockey champions hit the ice to defend the title with just four defencemen, nine forwards and two goalies. Among the missing players are leading defender Simon Mangos and forwards Greg Stewart and Darryl Smith.

On top of the short bench, Dundas got into penalty trouble – collecting 12 infractions for a total of 32 minutes in the box.

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It handed the Newfoundland team 10 power play opportunities. They capitalized on two of those chances – with defenceman Luke Gallant beating Dundas goalie Mike Mole twice with a man advantage.

“That speaks for itself,” Robertson said.

Having to kill all those power plays with a short bench drained the McCoys – and prevented Dundas from gathering any momentum.

Dundas managed 22 shots, including just six in the final frame.

But to throw some impressive numbers into the mix – Mole faced 66 shots from Grand Falls-Windsor. He made 61 saves.

“Mole was terrific,” Robertson said in a telephone interview with the Dundas Star News. “But a lot of shots were from the outside.”

Cam Fergus also had two goals for Grand Falls-Windsor.

In the third period, Dundas lost Dan LaPointe to a head contact misconduct, and Jordan Foreman to a minor injury. The Real McCoys finished the game with 11 skaters.

Robertson said both players will be back for Dundas’ second game, Tuesday afternoon against South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba.

Despite all the challenges, the penalty trouble and short bench, not getting enough pucks to the net and having to stretch their short-staffed defense, Dundas held a 1-0 lead after Cam Watson’s goal just two minutes into the first period and managed to stay close to Grand Falls-Windsor the entire game.

Dundas was down just 2-1 after one period and 4-2 after two periods. After the home team stretched its lead to 5-2 in the third period, Dundas closed the gap to 5-3 with six minutes left to play.

Shawn Snider had a short-handed goal, and an assist, for the McCoys. Brad Bonello scored Dundas’ other goal. Beni Berisha had two assists.  Steve Hurst and LaPointe each contributed one assist.

“This team won the Newfoundland championship, and if we had our full team we would have beat them,” Robertson said. “We’re in their league. We’re in the mix.”

He expects some reserves to arrive in Clarenville on Wednesday. But with the opening game loss, Dundas faces having to play five games in six days – including three games straight – to successfully defend their 2014 Allan Cup title.

It’s a challenge Allan Cup tournament teams have pointed to repeatedly in the past – even with full, healthy rosters. Winning the first two games to get a bye into the semi-final is considered key to winning an Allan Cup. It's the route both Dundas and Clarenville took to the final game last year in Dundas.

“The boys are tired,” Robertson said. “We’ll participate in the opening ceremonies (tonight) then head back (to the hotel) and shut it down. Then we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Dundas Real McCoys meet South East Prairie Thunder of Manitoba Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. Dundas time.

Robertson said the reception the defending Allan Cup champions have received in Clarenville, Newfoundland has already been amazing, less than one day into the week-long tournament.

He said several volunteers from the host town – which Dundas beat in overtime last year at home to win the national championship – have stopped him to say how happy they are to have Dundas in the tournament.

“It makes you feel pretty good,” Robertson said.