By Larry Robertson
It was not the way Ron Bernacci and Don Robertson wanted the Dundas Real McCoys 2017-18 Allan Cup hockey season to end, but the McCoys were not ready to roll over and die last Friday night.
That night Dundas left no doubt that they still a lot of hockey left to be played as they downed the last place Brantford Blast 6-4 on Hamilton Brain Injury Association Night in the Harry Howell Arena.
“The overall team effort on Friday was exactly what we needed. The players are accepting their roles and playing with a lot of determination. As a group, we have been close to this level all season, but lately we have been able pull it altogether. In our last three games have been a testimonial to what we are capable of doing,” said Dundas Coach Ron Bernacci.
“We are looking forward to the playoffs with the expectation of building on our recent successes.”
The ACH playoffs open this week with Dundas playing the Stoney Creek Generals in the Howell Arena Friday (March 2nd) at 8 p.m. The Howell Arena is situated just west of Clappison’s Corners at the junction of Highways 6 and 5 in Flamborough.
Last Friday, was a game the McCoys had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Brantford on the other hand had to win both Friday night’s game and on Sunday against the Whitby Dunlops in the Brantford Civic Centre.
Dundas led 2-1 after the first period and 5-3 after 40 minutes of play on Hamilton Brain Injury Association Night.
In the third period, Cam Sault of the Blast pulled his club to within a goal of the lead when he converted a pass from Doug Clarkson at 15:15. Then, with less than three minutes remaining, Blast coach Pete Crosby lifted netminder Bryan Pitton in favour of the extra attacker.
The move almost worked, but the McCoys were not to be denied. Ryan Watson of the McCoys missed the yawning mouth of the Brantford goal as he tried to score his third goal of the night. Phil Brewer got the insurance goal for Dundas unassisted into the empty net goal with a minute and 20 seconds left.
For Dundas, Phil Brewer and Matt Foy had a goal and three assists each. Ryan Watson scored twice and his brother Cam added a goal and an assist. Paul McIlveen scored twice for the Blast with Charlie Stephens adding a goal and two assists. Sault had a single goal.
Source: Dundas Real McCoys