DUNDAS — The Brantford Blast have proven themselves human after all when they were beaten by their 403 rivals, the Dundas Real McCoys, 4-3 in Dundas, Friday night.
The Blast began the season with an 8-0-0 record going into Friday night’s game and very nearly kept the streak alive against the 3-2-0 McCoys who have had a very light schedule so far.
The Blast went up against a very determined McCoys team and a red hot goaltender in Mike Mole who turned away 38 of the 41 shots he faced in regulation time as well as all three shooters in the shootout.
Dundas got the hometown crowd into the game at 3:33 of the first period with Steve Hurst’s goal on Brett Leggat assisted by Joe Koudys and Jay McKee.
Jordan Foreman made it 2-0 at 14:23 from Adam Deleeuw and Koudys. Despite outshooting the McCoys 13-12, Brantford didn’t get into the game until 18:47 when Chris Leveille connected from Chris Rebernik and Mark Taylor.
In the second period, Justin Davis took advantage of a Blast penalty after Ryan Healy was tagged for interference.
Cameron Sault got Brantford going again with his goal at 9:15 to close the gap 3-2, and then set up the tying goal scored by Mike Ruberto at 13:49 to end 40 minutes of play even at 3-3.
Both Leggat and Mole put on a show in the third period to keep the score tied at the end of regulation time. There was no scoring in the extra period forcing the goaltender’s dual to determine the outcome.
Brantford’s Brandon Dietrich shot first which Mole denied. Scott Mifsud beat Leggat on the McCoys’ first chance. Next up was Leveille and Mole turned his effort aside. Leggat stopped Forman, which left the last shot up to Sault. Mole stood firm on his attempt and his McCoys took the win and the extra point, popping the Blast’s bubble.
According to Sault, his knee is feeling good, so far anyhow, and he is not slowed down much, if any, from his give-it-all style of play, every shift.
“I like playing against Dundas,” he said. “It just seems that both teams get up for those games and it’s always a bigger battle.”
Playing coach Mike Burgoyne has been experimenting with where Sault’s skills will be best utilized and has tried him with a few different combinations in his two games back, but he thinks he will end up with Chris Rebernik and Chris Leveille, both lunchpail style mockers with speed.
“It just shows how much depth we have up front,” says Sault.
At 17 points, Brantford still remains five points ahead of second place Whitby. The McCoys are tied for third place with Stoney Creek, but have only played six games so far while Stoney Creek have played eight. Whitby and Brantford have both played nine games.
The Blast will be looking for revenge this Friday night when they host the McCoys at the Brantford and District Civic Centre beginning at 7:30. On Sunday. Dec. 15th, they travel to Norwood to face the Vipers for a 6:30 start.