McCoys' fate in their own hands as regular season winds down

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As the Major League Hockey playoffs inch closer, the Dundas Real McCoys turned in another successful weekend in their quest for an invitation to the postseason party.

The McCoys earned three of a possible four points during their home and home set with the Tillsonburg Vipers, keeping them in third place with just five games to go. Dundas has a two-point lead on the Cambridge Hornets for the number three slot, while the Petrolia Squires, who sit in fifth position, trail the McCoys by just five points. With four of their final five games coming against the Hornets and Squires - the very teams that sit below them in the standings - the McCoys' playoff destiny rests in their own hands.

Following a successful home swing, which included five wins in six games (the only loss via shootout to Tillsonburg last Friday), Dundas will look to carry that momentum on the road, as they prepare for a pair of away games this weekend. The McCoys visit the first place Blast in Brantford tonight (Friday, February 17) before heading off to Petrolia, where they'll wrap up the season series with the last place Squires tomorrow (Saturday February 18).

The Blast comes into tonight's matchup coasting into the postseason. Atop the MLH standings since week one, Brantford's playoff ticket is already punched but the Blast has lost four consecutive games. However, they do still own the top offence on the circuit, boasting four of the top 10 scorers and can beat you at both ends of the rink, as they are number two in goals against.

The McCoys enter tonight's game having earned at least a point in 10 straight games and are easily playing their best hockey of the season. The club is coming off a 12-2 thrashing of the second place Vipers last Saturday, one night after they dropped a 6-5 decision in a shoot out at Grightmire Arena to the same Tillsonburg squad.

Mike Gamble led the McCoys attack on Saturday, picking up four goals and two assists in the onslaught. Mark Jooris finished with a hat trick of his own and a pair of assists, while Brian Palmieri chipped in with two tallies. Phil Paris, Norm Dezainde and Mike Aglor rounded out the scoring with Paul Lawson picking up five assists. Scott Della Vedova stole the show in net, stopping 40 pucks in the win, including 21 alone in the second stanza.

The night before, the McCoys got goals from five different skaters, but couldn't escape with the win. The Vipers received shoot out goals from Kris Fraser and Dwayne Blais to earn the bonus point in extra time, while Dundas' Jooris and Mike Kennedy were both blanked in their breakaway attempts. Bill McDougal, Brett Barnett, Rob DeCiantis, Gamble and Lawson notched the goals for the Real McCoys in the loss.

Dundas General Manager Don Robertson was thrilled with the weekend results. "We have now earned points in ten consecutive games," he said. "With the playoffs getting closer and third place too, we are pleased with the three points." Tonight's game will also feature the league's number one and number two point getters. The Blast's Tyler Pelton sits alone in first with 57 points, while the McCoys' Mark Jooris, last season's scoring champ, trails in second spot by a meagre two points. Dundas and Brantford have met seven times this season, with this being the eighth and final battle. The McCoys took three of the first four matchups, but Brantford has won the last three meetings.

Dundas also wraps up their season series with Petrolia tomorrow night. The Squires won the first four games in the series, but Dundas has roared back to win the last two. Either way, crunch time begins tonight in Brantford for the Real McCoys and being able to control their own fate is all they can ask for as the season reaches its conclusion.

Submitted by Mark Sakalauskas

McCoys' fate in their own hands as regular season winds down

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As the Major League Hockey playoffs inch closer, the Dundas Real McCoys turned in another successful weekend in their quest for an invitation to the postseason party.

The McCoys earned three of a possible four points during their home and home set with the Tillsonburg Vipers, keeping them in third place with just five games to go. Dundas has a two-point lead on the Cambridge Hornets for the number three slot, while the Petrolia Squires, who sit in fifth position, trail the McCoys by just five points. With four of their final five games coming against the Hornets and Squires - the very teams that sit below them in the standings - the McCoys' playoff destiny rests in their own hands.

Following a successful home swing, which included five wins in six games (the only loss via shootout to Tillsonburg last Friday), Dundas will look to carry that momentum on the road, as they prepare for a pair of away games this weekend. The McCoys visit the first place Blast in Brantford tonight (Friday, February 17) before heading off to Petrolia, where they'll wrap up the season series with the last place Squires tomorrow (Saturday February 18).

The Blast comes into tonight's matchup coasting into the postseason. Atop the MLH standings since week one, Brantford's playoff ticket is already punched but the Blast has lost four consecutive games. However, they do still own the top offence on the circuit, boasting four of the top 10 scorers and can beat you at both ends of the rink, as they are number two in goals against.

The McCoys enter tonight's game having earned at least a point in 10 straight games and are easily playing their best hockey of the season. The club is coming off a 12-2 thrashing of the second place Vipers last Saturday, one night after they dropped a 6-5 decision in a shoot out at Grightmire Arena to the same Tillsonburg squad.

Mike Gamble led the McCoys attack on Saturday, picking up four goals and two assists in the onslaught. Mark Jooris finished with a hat trick of his own and a pair of assists, while Brian Palmieri chipped in with two tallies. Phil Paris, Norm Dezainde and Mike Aglor rounded out the scoring with Paul Lawson picking up five assists. Scott Della Vedova stole the show in net, stopping 40 pucks in the win, including 21 alone in the second stanza.

The night before, the McCoys got goals from five different skaters, but couldn't escape with the win. The Vipers received shoot out goals from Kris Fraser and Dwayne Blais to earn the bonus point in extra time, while Dundas' Jooris and Mike Kennedy were both blanked in their breakaway attempts. Bill McDougal, Brett Barnett, Rob DeCiantis, Gamble and Lawson notched the goals for the Real McCoys in the loss.

Dundas General Manager Don Robertson was thrilled with the weekend results. "We have now earned points in ten consecutive games," he said. "With the playoffs getting closer and third place too, we are pleased with the three points." Tonight's game will also feature the league's number one and number two point getters. The Blast's Tyler Pelton sits alone in first with 57 points, while the McCoys' Mark Jooris, last season's scoring champ, trails in second spot by a meagre two points. Dundas and Brantford have met seven times this season, with this being the eighth and final battle. The McCoys took three of the first four matchups, but Brantford has won the last three meetings.

Dundas also wraps up their season series with Petrolia tomorrow night. The Squires won the first four games in the series, but Dundas has roared back to win the last two. Either way, crunch time begins tonight in Brantford for the Real McCoys and being able to control their own fate is all they can ask for as the season reaches its conclusion.

Submitted by Mark Sakalauskas

McCoys' fate in their own hands as regular season winds down

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As the Major League Hockey playoffs inch closer, the Dundas Real McCoys turned in another successful weekend in their quest for an invitation to the postseason party.

The McCoys earned three of a possible four points during their home and home set with the Tillsonburg Vipers, keeping them in third place with just five games to go. Dundas has a two-point lead on the Cambridge Hornets for the number three slot, while the Petrolia Squires, who sit in fifth position, trail the McCoys by just five points. With four of their final five games coming against the Hornets and Squires - the very teams that sit below them in the standings - the McCoys' playoff destiny rests in their own hands.

Following a successful home swing, which included five wins in six games (the only loss via shootout to Tillsonburg last Friday), Dundas will look to carry that momentum on the road, as they prepare for a pair of away games this weekend. The McCoys visit the first place Blast in Brantford tonight (Friday, February 17) before heading off to Petrolia, where they'll wrap up the season series with the last place Squires tomorrow (Saturday February 18).

The Blast comes into tonight's matchup coasting into the postseason. Atop the MLH standings since week one, Brantford's playoff ticket is already punched but the Blast has lost four consecutive games. However, they do still own the top offence on the circuit, boasting four of the top 10 scorers and can beat you at both ends of the rink, as they are number two in goals against.

The McCoys enter tonight's game having earned at least a point in 10 straight games and are easily playing their best hockey of the season. The club is coming off a 12-2 thrashing of the second place Vipers last Saturday, one night after they dropped a 6-5 decision in a shoot out at Grightmire Arena to the same Tillsonburg squad.

Mike Gamble led the McCoys attack on Saturday, picking up four goals and two assists in the onslaught. Mark Jooris finished with a hat trick of his own and a pair of assists, while Brian Palmieri chipped in with two tallies. Phil Paris, Norm Dezainde and Mike Aglor rounded out the scoring with Paul Lawson picking up five assists. Scott Della Vedova stole the show in net, stopping 40 pucks in the win, including 21 alone in the second stanza.

The night before, the McCoys got goals from five different skaters, but couldn't escape with the win. The Vipers received shoot out goals from Kris Fraser and Dwayne Blais to earn the bonus point in extra time, while Dundas' Jooris and Mike Kennedy were both blanked in their breakaway attempts. Bill McDougal, Brett Barnett, Rob DeCiantis, Gamble and Lawson notched the goals for the Real McCoys in the loss.

Dundas General Manager Don Robertson was thrilled with the weekend results. "We have now earned points in ten consecutive games," he said. "With the playoffs getting closer and third place too, we are pleased with the three points." Tonight's game will also feature the league's number one and number two point getters. The Blast's Tyler Pelton sits alone in first with 57 points, while the McCoys' Mark Jooris, last season's scoring champ, trails in second spot by a meagre two points. Dundas and Brantford have met seven times this season, with this being the eighth and final battle. The McCoys took three of the first four matchups, but Brantford has won the last three meetings.

Dundas also wraps up their season series with Petrolia tomorrow night. The Squires won the first four games in the series, but Dundas has roared back to win the last two. Either way, crunch time begins tonight in Brantford for the Real McCoys and being able to control their own fate is all they can ask for as the season reaches its conclusion.

Submitted by Mark Sakalauskas