BRANTFORD – Whoever that was wearing the red jerseys Sunday afternoon at the Brantford and District Civic Centre in Brantford, it certainly wasn’t the “real” McCoys. The Brantford Blast coasted to an 11-2 win, outshooting Dundas 51-30.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the ‘real’ McCoys yet this year,” said veteran Blast centre Cam Sault after the blowout. “You never see the Real McCoys until after Christmas.”
One can never count out the Dundas Real McCoys no matter what happens in the first half of the ACH regular season schedule. This is a pattern for any Don Robertson team. The Dundas General Manager will always pull a rabbit out of the hat later in the season with a few major signings, usually an ex-NHL’er still looking for the fun of competitive hockey, or a European league performer at the end of their very short hockey season.
Blast GM Peter Ham has also played that same card in the past, but that’s not to say the first half doesn’t mean anything. Leave it too late and the hole may be too deep to get out of.
A number of Blast players padded their stats against the short benched McCoys, including Joel Prpic and Derek Medeiros, each with three goals and three assists. Mark Tayler with a goal and four assists and Cam Sault with a pair of assists.
It was 2-0 for Brantford after the first period and 7-2 after the second.
“It’s always good to beat those guys, especially an 11-2 win, even if it wasn’t the ‘Real’ McCoys,” said Sault.
The win improves the Blast record to 5-2, good for third place behind Whitby and top seed, Stoney Creek, but the Blast still hold games in hand.
The second loss came at the hands of these same McCoys Friday night in Dundas.
The McCoys got a little revenge over the Brantford Blast after the Blast clobbered them 7-4 Nov. 14th, in Brantford. This time it was Dundas taking charge right from the face-off.
Chris McGuffin gave the McCoys a 1-0 lead at 1:59, which held until 14:14 when Andrew Marcouz evened the score for Brantford.
With 12 seconds left in the period, Joe Koudys sent the teams into the second period with Dundas leading 2-1. Then Cam Watson and Shawn Snider added second period goals to lift the McCoys to a 4-1 lead. At 6:43 of the third, Shawn Snider made it 5-1.
Brantford’s powerplay collected back-to-back goals with Joel Prpic and Derek Medeiros scoring for the Blast to a respectable 5-3, before Scott Stafford cashed in with an empty netter to send the Dundas fans home happy.