BLAST – The Brantford Blast got a lump of coal in their hockey stocking for Christmas with a 7-5 loss against the Dundas Real McCoys on a snowy Friday night at the J. L. Grightmire Memorial Arena.
Despite outshooting Dundas 19-11 in the first period, the McCoys took a 4-0 lead with Brett Leggat having a hard luck time in the Brantford net allowing three goals on six shots in the first eight minutes of play. He was relieved by Anthony Marshall, who went the rest of the way for Brantford.
After falling behind 5-0 at 38 seconds of the second period, the Blast finally got the furnace lit. Merril Crumback, Chris Rebernik Joel Prpic and two goals by Shane Terry tied the game with a remarkable comeback period. But with Mark Taylor off for hooking, Derek Matheson regained the Dundas lead on the powerplay.
McCoys goalie Mike Mole kept the Blast at an arms-length throughout the third. Brantford had to pull Marshall for an extra man as the clock was winding down. Matt Foy put the icing on the cake for Dundas into an empty net for the 7-5 final score.
That will be it for the Blast until the new year. January 6th, when the Blast will be back on the ice against the first place Whitby Dunlops at the Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m.
The Blast are in a pretty good spot at the Christmas Break being in third, in the middle of the pack, with the second half of the season to catch up to Stoney Creek and Whitby.