DUNDAS – The highway 403 rivalry continued this past week as the Brantford Blast and the Real McCoys faced off in Dundas in Sr. AAA action Friday night. This time, it would be the McCoys taking the two points in a thrilling 6-5 win over Brantford.
The Dundas win put them in third place, two points ahead of the forth place Blast. However, Brantford holds two games in hand over Dundas and second place Whitby, and four games in hand over first place Stoney Creek.
Dundas struck first at 1:53 with Chris McGuffin scoring, but the Blast evened the score at 4:58 with Chris Rebernik converting a pass from Cam Sault. Andrew Marcoux was also in on the play.
Dundas came out hot in the second period, potting three goals right away – two on powerplays as Omar Ennaffati, Chris McGuffin and Steve Hurst gave Dundas a 4-1 lead.
Brad Jones cut the McCoys lead to 4-2 at 16:24 from Ryan McCarthy and Kevin Christmas.
It was a nasty third period, with several aggression penalties handed out to both sides, along with a couple of on-ice battles. Brantford’s powerplay unit took advantage of the extra man, scoring the first three goals of the period on powerplays thanks to Mike Burgoyne, Rebernik and Derek Medeiros. Cam Sault picked up his second assist of the game and rang one off the cross bar as the Blast peppered Dundas goalie Mike Mole with 24 shots in the last 20 minutes, 56-37 for Brantford overall.
With the score 5-4 in Brantford’s favour, Dundas’ Simon Mangos took advantage of a powerplay opportunity and evened the score at 9:35.
Cam Wilson recorded the game winner for the McCoys at 16:22 from Shawn Snider and Scott Stafford.
Brantford lost the services of their leader on the ice, Joel Prpic, when he was tossed from the game at 8:07 of the third period along with Dundas’ Adam Ostermier for fighting.
The Blast will head into the Christmas Break after this week’s games: Friday night, Dec. 19th when they get another shot at the McCoys at the Brantford Civic Centre, and Saturday Dec. 20th in Whitby to face the Dunlops.
With a good week, they could vault into second place in the close ACH standings.