By Larry Robertson
The line has been drawn in the sand and the Dundas Real McCoys are ready to defend their Allan Cup Hockey turf this Friday night (January 31st) in the JL Grightmire Arena.
This past Friday night, the McCoys won their seventh consecutive game and they are aiming for their eighth consecutive this week, something they accomplished in 2011-12. Their club record is 11 in a row something they accomplished twice in 2009-10 and 2013-14. The league record is 14 by the 2011-12 Whitby Dunlops.
This season, Dundas and Hamilton Steelhawks have met four times with Hamilton winning each one. This Friday, the McCoys will be looking to snap the Steelhawks streak and to win their eighth consecutive game of the season when they meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Grightmire Arena.
Friday is also is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Night for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
Darren Haydar of the McCoys suffers from the disease. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Society.
“We got another great effort at home as (Coach Ron) Bernacci has everyone doing the little things well. Scoring has been spread around the line-up, and the defence is doing a good job getting the puck up to the forwards,” said Don Robertson, Dundas Real McCoys President and General Manager.
“The last game we lost before our streak started was to Hamilton, and they will be a tough opponent for us this Friday as we continue our battle for first place. We’re all looking forward to a very big game.”
In preparation for the match, Robertson has added another Miltonian to the line-up to skate along with former American Hockey League scoring champion, Darren Haydar…defenceman Jon Gleed.
“We are happy to add Gleed to the line-up after five years of trying to sign him. Finally,
he has decided to join us, and his experience will help and add depth to our defence,” said Robertson.
Gleed, 36, is a six-foot, two-inch, 212-pound defenceman, who previously played for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the East Coast Hockey League Cincinnati Cyclones and Utah Grizzlies as well as the Belfast Giants of the
British Elite Ice Hockey League.
He was a seventh round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He played professional from 2006-07 until 2010-11.
Mackenzie Wood led the Dundas attack with two goals and an assist. Justin DaSilva was good for a goal and two assists, while Jake Goldberg, Mark Bennett, and Jason Pinizzotto scored twice each. Jason Williams added a goal and an assist with Ryan Watson and Phil Brewer set up two scoring plays apiece for the McCoys.
Jarrett Konkle replied for Brantford with a goal and an assist with single goals going to Jordan Owens, Jason Pitton, Nathan Pageau, and Evan McGrath. Chris Lawrence added two assists.
Source: Dundas Real McCoys