By Larry Robertson
Brad Bonello led the Dundas Real McCoys charge with a four-point night, however, a shot from the back of the goal that ricocheted into the net gave Hamilton Steelhawks a 5-4 victory over the McCoys in Allan Cup Hockey action last Friday tonight in the Harry Howell Arena.
Prior to Friday’s game, Wray Smith and his brother Fred, long-time fans of the Real McCoys were honoured with George Hollinger Memorial Fan of the Year plaques. Wray, 91, and Fred, 94, have followed the McCoys since the 1970s when the club was the Rockton Real McCoys. “We try to never miss a game. We come with our friend Harvey Wood,” said Wray.
This Friday (December 22nd) has every indication of being a hot time in the Harry Howell Arena when the Brantford Blast come to town for an 8 p.m. faceoff. The McCoys will be looking to break out of their two-game losing streak with a pre-Christmas gift to themselves, a victory. The Harry Howell Arena is situated just west of Clappison’s Corners at the junction of Highways 6 and 5 in Flamborough.
“It looks like we are getting what we deserve. We just haven’t been working hard enough, or smart enough in the third period in our last three losses,” said Dundas President and General Manager Don Robertson. “We have given up two, two-goal leads, and a three-goal lead. We are going to wish we had those points very soon.”
“The games have all been competitive this year, which is making for some exciting action, however, we would like the games better if we won them.”
Santa Claus and his elf will be in the house, and the players of the Flamborough Falcons Girls Hockey Association are excited to be on hand to retrieve the Teddy Bears following the McCoys annual Teddy Bear Toss.
Mike Mole made the save of the night for Dundas with his left skate with two minutes to go to preserve a 4-4 tie with the Steelhawks, last Friday. He added another stellar save with a minute and a half to go as Steelhawks vultures circled his net. Time caught up to the McCoys as Tyler Turcotte was sent off for slashing, and Theo Peckham scored the game winner from the back of the net.
Phil Brewer opened the scoring for Dundas with his 10th goal of the season, and Brad Bonello added a goal and three assists. Kevin Mitchell and Turcotte then chipped in with single goals. Phil Brewer and Bonello lead the McCoys in scoring with 16 points apiece.
In addition to Peckham, Hamilton got a goal and two assists form Kevin Rebelo, and single goals from Tyler Hore, Zach LaRue, and Josh Ranalli.
Source: Dundas Real McCoys