By Larry Robertson
The high flying Dundas Real McCoys are in the drivers’ seat following weekend victories over Brantford Blast (7-3) and the Whitby Dunlops (10-5) in Allan Cup hockey action in Brantford and Whitby.
With the victories, the club now is in possession of the longest team-winning streak of the season for any club…five games. A season that got off to a slow start has abruptly turned in favour of the first-place McCoys.
Even the Ontario Hockey Association’s Roster Cut-down Date could not slow the McCoys down led by league scoring leader Brad Bonello with 23 points including 14 goals in 10 games.
“We have released some players to open up cards, and we have added some players.
Ryan Watson has rejoined the team, and Jake Goldberg has signed on, and both of them played on the weekend,” said McCoys President and General Manager Don Robertson. “We have a number of open cards so that we can add players to try and be ready for the playoffs and Allan Cup Hockey Tournament.”
“We have had this group of players together for a while, and Ron Bernacci (coach) has them doing what we need them to do so that we will continue to have success, however, it’s a long way to April.”
“We really have to give the guys and (Neil) Clelland in goal credit. They worked hard and kept it simple, and as a result we had a good weekend.” Robertson added.
Dundas now will head home and play the Dunlops on Friday night (January 17th) at 7:30 p.m. in the JL Grightmire Arena.
Dan LaPointe led the way for Dundas with three goals and four assists for seven points with Bonello and Mackenzie Wood adding six points each. Bonello scored four times and had two assists. Wood had three goals and three assists.
Mark Bennett and Ryan Watson recorded five points each. Bennett had two goals and three assists. Phil Brewer, Jake Goldenberg and Connor Russell added three points apiece. Brewer scored in both games. Justin DaSilva, Jason Pinizzotto, Darren Haydar and Trevor Atkinson had two points apiece.
Last Friday night, Nathan Pageau had a goal and two assists for the Blast with Chris Lawrence adding a goal and assist. Nikola Bibic scored once.
The following night, Whitby got a goal and an assist each from Matt Baxter, Kyle Ventura, Brett McConnachie, Kyle McLaughlin, and Mike Ruberto plus a pair of assists from Tyler Melancon.
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