By Larry Robertson
Dundas Real McCoys missed out on a golden opportunity to gain ground on the third place Hamilton Steelhawks when the Steelhawks rallied to overcome a four-goal second period outburst by the McCoys last Friday night in Allan Cup Hockey action in the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
Mike Ruberto put the Steelhawks on the scoreboard mid-way through the first period, but the McCoys out-scored them 4-1 for a 4-2 lead after two periods. Unfortunately the wheels fell off in the third period.
Justin DiBenedetto scored twice and assisted on another goal as Hamilton overcame the Real McCoys four-goal outburst in the second period to edge them 5-4.
“We played well for 40 minutes on Friday and then seemed to take the last 20 off. That cost us a win that we would have liked to have. Let’s hope, we have learned from that as we head into our final two weekends of the season, “said Don Robertson, President and General Manager of the McCoys.
Next Friday (February 8th), the Stoney Creek Generals take on the McCoys in the Harry Howell Arena at 7:30 p.m. The Howell Arena is situated at Clappison’s Corners west of the junction of Highways 5 and 6.
“We have added Kyle McNeil last week. He will add some size and professional experience to our line-up. We still have three player cards left and plan to fill them. But we’ll have to see how the next few days go.”
This is the second tour of duty for McNeil in Allan Cup Hockey. Kyle played for the Brantford Blast in 2010-11. In 18 games, he had 10 goals and eight assists, and was 4-6 for 10 points in six playoff games.
McNeil played seven seasons (2011-12 through 2017-18) in the Southern Professional Hockey League with Fayetteville FireAntz, Huntsville Havoc “A”, Knoxville Ice Bears, and Fayetteville Marksmen after playing university hockey for Brock University.
Last Friday, Jake Goldberg and Shane Terry had a goal and an assist each for Dundas, while Cam Watson and Charlie Stephens added single goals. Brad Bonello assisted on two of the McCoys goals.
In addition to DiBenedetto, Hamilton received a goal and an assist from Tyler Woodside with Ruberto and Andre Deveaux scoring once each.
Source: Dundas Real McCoys