The rivalry heats up in the battle for second place Friday

BRANTFORD – Last Friday, Nov. 17th, the Brantford Blast met their 403 rivals, the Dundas Real McCoys at the Brantford and District Civic Centre and came out the 7-4 winners.

The Blast dominated play throughout the game building a 3-1 first period lead after Dundas struck early at 3:31.

Mark Taylor, Chris Leveille and Derek Medeiros answered for Brantford.

Medeiros added his second of the game at 3:14 of the second period and Andrew Marcoux made it 5-1, from Six Nations’/New Credit’s Cam Sault and Kevin Christmas less than a minute later.

Dundas came alive briefly when the Blast’s Mark Taylor took a double minor for spearing. Cam Watson and Scott Stafford scored to bring the score to 5-3. But Jamie Williams closed the second frame for Brantford from Montpetit and Connor Robinson to end the period with Brantford leading 6-3.

Dundas capitalized with their third powerplay goal of the game at 13:15 scored by Chris McGuffin.

Desperate, the McCoys pulled their goalie for the extra man, but it did not go well, allowing Medeiros to earn his hat-trick with an empty netter from Jeff Caister and Mark Taylor.

The next night, in Stoney Creek, Blast goaltender Anthony Marshall turned away 48 of 51 shots he faced to hold on to a 4-3 win.

The third place Brantford Blast (3-1) of Sr. A Allan Cup Hockey League, will meet up with the second place Whitby Dunlops (3-0-2) for the first time at the Civic Centre this season on Friday night at 7:30 PM. The Blast previously beat the Dunlops 4-3 in overtime on November 8th in Whitby. This game will be a battle for second place as only two points separate the two ACH teams.

“Anytime we play Whitby it always tends to be a very entertaining game. These two teams seem to bring out the best in each other. They’re a very good team and we are prepared to step up and take the challenge and hopefully get those two points,” said Blast Owner/GM Peter Ham.

Brantford lost their first game of the season on November 7th to Stoney Creek before bouncing back for three straight wins over Whitby (4-3 OT win), Dundas (7-4 win) and Stoney Creek (4-3 win). Whitby remains the only team in the league not yet defeated in regulation time with two victories over Norwood, one over Stoney Creek and two overtime losses against the Blast and Generals.

Blast fans are in for a special treat. The Salvation Army Band will be playing Christmas Music at the Civic Centre entrance from 6:30-7:30 PM and will also be kicking off their Red Kettle Campaign for this year.

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