By Larry Robertson
Dundas Real McCoys once again tried a late game rally, but it fell short as the Hamilton Steelhawks edged Dundas 6-5 in Allan Cup Hockey action last Saturday in Hamilton’s Dave Andreychuk Arena.
The result was typical of the way things have gone this season for the McCoys, however, the club is hoping for better results this weekend. Friday night (February 16th) is Darren Haydar Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Rygiel Supports for Community Living Night.
Friday the McCoys will take on the Stoney Creek Generals at 8 p.m. in the Harry Howell Arena.
A portion of all tickets sold to the game will go to both the Hamilton-Halton Chapter of the MS Society and to Rygiel Supports for Community Living.
The Howell Arena is situated just west of Clappison’s Corners at the junction of Highways 6 and 5 in Flamborough.
“I think the definition of insanity is repeating the same things over and over, and expecting a different result. Well we did it again in Hamilton last Saturday. We fell way behind, and then tried to catch up, and came up short again,” said Dundas President and General Manager Don Robertson.
“We’ll get it stopped this weekend. We have two big games, and it’s Darren Haydar MS Night, so we should be ready to go.”
Two positives did come out of Friday’s game; Phil Brewer with his one assist maintained his hold on the ACH scoring lead with 38 points (21 goals and 17 assists). Teammate Brad Bonello with a goal moved into second place in scoring with 35 points (14 goals and 21 assists).
In addition, the McCoys have added to more players with solid credentials to their roster.
“We’ve used the final two player cards to sign two former National Hockey League players Chris Minard (whose brother, Mike played with us), and Matt Corrente. Corrente was a first round pick with the New Jersey Devils. Right now, both have coaching obligations and may not be available for a few weeks,” said Robertson. “We like our team when we play well. When everybody is there, we feel we have a chance to beat anybody in our League. “
Minard is a six-foot, one-inch centre. The 36-year-old, 200 pound forward is a native of Thompson, Manitoba. Chris played parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers. He also played eight seasons in the American Hockey League and five seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Corrente is a six foot defenceman from Mississauga. The 29-year-old played parts of the
2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with New Jersey. He also played seven seasons in the AHL with the Lowell and Albany Devils, Charlotte Checkers, Syracuse Crunch, and San Antonio Rampage.
In addition to Phil Brewer and Bonello, the McCoys received two goals and an assist from Dan Lapointe plus a goal and an assist each from Matt Foy and Haydar. Tyler Turcotte set up two of the Dundas goals.
Hamilton replied with a pair of goals from Paul Zanette, and single goals by Mike Ruberto, Steve Dol, Stephen Thorne, and Taylor Carnevale. Sean Jones, Jordan Gignac, and Bryan McGregor assisted on two goals each.
Source: Dundas Real McCoys