By Larry Robertson
Dundas Real McCoys season ended with a 7-5 loss to the Stoney Creek Generals last Tuesday night in the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre. Their fans were left feeling everyone got the short end of the stick.
The McCoys entered the playoffs, and were faced with having to play four of the best-of-seven John Ross Robertson Cup semifinal games in the span of five days. Four of the five teams in the Allan Cup Hockey league advanced to the playoffs.
Dundas was forced to play four in six days, and then was forced to find a natural site for their final game because the Generals executives said they could not get ice in the Gateway Ice Centre prior to last Thursday. The Gateway is a facility that is operated by the club’s General Manager.
As a result, the Generals did not start until Thursday, March 1st and Dundas had no option, but play on Tuesday, March 6th. Games five, six and seven would have been consecutive, because once again Stoney Creek could not get ice. The outcome was that the McCoys had to go outside the City of Hamilton to play their fourth game.
The two semifinal playoff series were played within a week and half to determine the Robertson Cup finalists. The championship series, though, will be played from March 17th to April 2nd. If it goes the full seven games it will cover 17 days.
The 2018 Allan Cup Trophy Tournament will be played at Rosetown, Saskatchewan, from April 9-14, 2018.
“Well it sure wasn’t the way we planned to end the season I can assure you of that,” said Dundas President and General Manager Don Robertson.
“Our Executive and Hockey Operations people are very disappointed to say the least. We were forced into a schedule of three games over three days. That combined with work and coaching commitments, and injuries the “three in three” certainly took its toll on us. We did get a gutsy effort from the troops that played for us. “
“This season was a real challenge for us with the move to the Harry Howell Arena. It is a great facility however game nights were a challenge for the Executive and Hockey Departments as well as Coach Ron Bernacci. Our tremendous group of people persevered to the highest level, and for that I thank them,” said Robertson. Also I want to give a special thank you to our sponsors and loyal fans, which are as good as anybody’s in hockey.”
It is expected the Dundas Real McCoys will return to play in the JL Grightmire Arena, which is under-going renovations, in time for the start of the 2018-19 season. A definitive time-line is not in place.
Last Tuesday, the McCoys played their best game of the 2018 Robertson Cup semifinal series as they fell 7-5 to the Generals. With the win, the Generals took the best-of-seven series 4-0 in games.
Omar Ennaffati opened the scoring for Dundas at 1:38 of the first period. Stoney Creek evened the count at 2:08 on a goal by Nathan Pageau.
The scoring see-sawed back and forth throughout the game until Stoney Creek went in front to stay at 7:25 of the third period when Nick Tuzzolino scored the game winner. Rob Hisey iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:29.
Matt Foy led Dundas with a goal and two assists with Jeff White, Phil Brewer, Darren Haydar, and Ennaffati adding single goals. Kevin Mitchell set up two of the Dundas goals.
For Stoney Creek, Nick Bibic scored twice with Hisey adding a goal and two assists. Chris Hulit, Pageau, Matt Smith, and Tuzzolino completed the Generals scoring with single goals. Matt Dzieduszycki set up three of the Stoney Creek goals.