By Larry Robertson
It has been a longer time than anyone can remember, since the Dundas Real McCoys have found themselves in a battle for their Allan Cup Hockey playoff lives.
That is precisely, where they find themselves entering their final three regular season games.
Friday, they play the second-place Stoney Creek Generals at 7:30 p.m. before travelling to Hamilton to play the Steelhawks the next night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 24th they play their final regular season home game against the Thorold Athletics at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena.
“We’re hoping that by bolstering our troops at this stage of the game, isn’t too little too late. We have added veteran defencemen Jeff Macmillan and Duncan Dalmao, both of whom played in the American Hockey League,” said Don Robertson, President and General Manager of the McCoys.
Macmillan played four seasons with Utah, Hartford and Syracuse in the AHL. Dalmao played four seasons in the East Coast Hockey League before heading to Europe to play for Basingstoke and London of the Elite Ice Hockey League, Starbulls Rosenheim in Germany, and The Hague in the Netherlands.
“Derek Matheson and Thomas Stajan are now off the injury list, and should be back to us for this weekend’s games.”
“Friday night was a tough night for Steve McFarlane. He got both starts in goal because Mike Mole was in Europe, and David Shantz was working out of town. Steve had never played at this level and quickly found out how quick the game is. He did his best to give us a chance to win.”
“Friday wasn’t a great outcome, however, Saturday we picked up the pace, and played well and had a strong lineup. Now, we likely need at least two victories to earn a playoff spot. The next two home games will be crucial as will Saturday’s visit to Hamilton,” said Robertson.
Last Friday, Brett McConnachie’s five-point night paced the Whitby Dunlops to an 11-6 victory over the McCoys in the JL Grightmire Arena.
The next night, Dundas dropped a 6-4 decision to the Thorold Athletics at Thorold. Meanwhile the Hamilton Steelhawks fell 6-5 in overtime to the Brantford blast and picked up a point on Dundas.
Prior to Friday night’s game, the McCoys held a moment of silence in honour of Lloyd (Duke) Hannis who passed away in his home on Sunday, February 5th in his 65th year. Duke and his wife, Debbie were long-time volunteers with the Dundas Real McCoys. Duke’s involvement lasted for 15 years. His hockey career went back to the 1960s, when he was the stick boy for the 1965-66 Ontario Hockey Association, Intermediate A champion, Dundas Merchants.
McConnachie scored four times and added an assist for the Dunlops. Teammate, Corey Tamblyn added two goals and two assists with single goals going to Will Jones, Darren Doherty, Tyler Melancon, Lucas LaBelle and Scott Freeman. Alex Morton assisted on three of the Whitby goals.
For Dundas, Chris McGuffin scored twice, while Matt Foy added a goal and two assists. Cam Watson and Ben Skinner had a goal and an assist each. Brad Bonello scored once and Jake Goldberg set up two scoring plays.
At Thorold, the Athletics broke free for four second-period goals as Brad Jackson, JJ Martin, Pat Conte, and Zac Mcquade connected for a goal and an assist each. Chris Risi and Brandon Roshko rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Chris McGuffin and Ben Skinner replied with two goals each for two apiece. Cam Watson assisted on two of the Dundas goals.
Source: Dundas Real McCoys