Dundas secures playoff home ice

By Larry Robertson

Dundas Real McCoys split their weekend games, and secured home ice for their playoff series with the Brantford Blast. The Allan Cup Hockey series will open Friday, February 21st in Dundas.

Friday (February 14th), the McCoys wind up their regular season schedule when they take on the Brantford Blast at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Last Friday, Dundas took on the Hamilton Steelhawks in a re-enactment of the “Youngblood” movie hockey game. The game was a success for Hamilton both on the ice and at the box office. The Steelhawks played the part of the Hamilton Mustangs, while the McCoys suited up as the Thunder Bay Bombers.

The McCoys fell 4-1 to the Steelhawks, but rebounded for an 8-4 victory over the Whitby Dunlops on Saturday night in the Iroquois Sports Complex and secured home ice for the playoffs.

“Friday and Saturday looked like two different teams from an effort stand point. It was nice to secure home ice advantage for the Brantford series on Saturday night in Whitby. The team deserved it,” said Don Robertson, President and General Manager of the McCoys.

“The “Youngblood” game seemed to be a huge success for Hamilton, very creative on their part, but I’m glad we won’t be Thunder Bay again this year.”

Three of the McCoys hold down the top three spots in the ACH scoring race following the weekend’s action. Brad Bonello tops the list with 17 goals and 29 points in 12 games, while Phil Brewer is second with 10 goals and 17 assists in 18 games. Teammate Mackenzie Wood rounds out the top five with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 17 games.

Friday night Connor Russell got the lone goal for Dundas; however, it was a different story the next night in Whitby, league-scoring leader Bonello took command with three goals and three assists. Not to be out done, Phil Brewer scored twice and set up two more goals. Kevin Harvey had a great night with a goal and two assists.

Trevor Atkinson added a goal and an assist with Chase Trull rounding out the goal scoring. Simon Mangos set up three of the Dundas goals and Mark Bennett assisted on two others.

Friday night, Hamilton got a pair of goals from Paul Zanette, with Brandon Maclean adding a goal and an assist. Kris Newbury got their other goals while Bryan Mcgregor and Dan Sullivan set up two goals apiece.

On Saturday in Whitby, Corey Tamblyn and Kyle Ventura had a goal and an assist each. Chris Porter and Kyle McLaughlin added single goals. Brett McConnachie assisted on two of the Dunlops goals.

Source: Dundas Real McCoys

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