By Larry Robertson
They may have lost in overtime last Friday night in the JL Grightmire Arena, but the Dundas Real McCoys demonstrated that they’re on the road back to respectability.
The McCoys had their chances to win, the best of which came in overtime when Justin DaSilva’s overtime-scoring attempt collided with the left goalpost with four minutes left in extra time.
Ultimately, David Ling scored the game-winner for Hamilton Steelhawks with his shot from the right faceoff circle which caught to top left corner of the net to give the Steelhawks a 5-4 five minute three-on-three sudden death overtime victory in Allan Cup Hockey action.”I was very pleased with the strong effort Friday night. We deserved a better result. Our young guys, Guy Polillo and Mackenzie Wood, showed a lot of heart as they stepped up to fill the roles of a few key players who were missing,” said Dundas Real McCoys coach Ron Bernacci.
“It was great to have Darren Haydar in the line up, his experience and leadership are so valuable to us.”
Bernacci is optimistic about the future stating, “The first month and half of the season is always a learning period. We believe our team is moving in the right direction, with the character we have seen so far from our players.”
Dundas is in action again on Friday, November 29th against the Brantford Blast in the Brantford Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m. They will then play the Steelhawks on Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena before coming home to the Grightmire Arena to play the Whitby Dundas 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13th.
For Dundas, Haydar scored twice with Wood adding a goal and an assist. Kyle McNeil had the other McCoys goal. Mark Bennett and Jason Pinizzotto assisted on two goals apiece.
Josh Ranalli led the Hamilton attack with two goals and an assist. Ling scored the game-winner and set up two of the Steelhawks goals, while Cam Sault and Jamie Williams scored once each.