Season Wrap-up

Dundas looking to return home

Real McCoys

The Dundas Real McCoys, after a two-year absence, are coming home to the J.L. Grightmire Arena for the 2019-20 Allan Cup Hockey season. The staff of the Harry Howell Arena went out of their way to accomodate the requests and desires of the staff of the Real McCoys. In spite of the staffs' efforts, the Howell Arena never did quite feel like home.

Cautious optimism now fills the air as the McCoys prepare for their return to the Grightmire Arena, and a return to their past good fortunes. "Our goalie, Mike Mole gave us a chance to win every game. I don't make excuses, but there are reasons that we aren't still playing." said Don Robertson, Real McCoys President and General Manager.

"We played six games in eight days with three of those games in the playoffs. Nathan Longpre was hit in the face with a puck, Dan Lapointe missed game 5 with a broken finger and several players missed games because of the flu, of all things."

"The Generals are a deep quality hockey club, and we needed all hands on deck to beat them, and we knew that. We competed well in four games, but that was not good enough. One unfortunate thing was that Ron Bernacci and I built our team to play out of the Grightmire for playoffs, on the smaller ice surface, and we all know how that worked out."

"We want to thank our hockey staff for the extra effory they put in, being in the Harry Howell again this season as well as the Howell Areana staff. Our executive is made up of absolutely great people, and like our sponsors, they have stayed with us during two difficult years."

"I want to ensure our loyal fans, and the ones who took a couple of years off, that we will have a very competative hockey club next season when we get back to the newly renovated J L Grighmire Arena. We will have a great core coming back, and will add to that group to take another shot at winning another Allan Cup Trophy." Roberston added.


Game Summaries

Future Is Now For The Real McCoys

Real McCoys

The future is now for the McCoys and President and General Manager Don Robertson knows it. Friday night, in the first of two weekend meetings with the Whitby Dunlops, The McCoys fell 2 - 1 to the Dunlops before rebounding for a 6 - 3 victory in the Whitby Sports Complex. "We played well in both games. Mike Mole was our best player over the weekend, and deserved to win both games, but if you only score one goal you can't win in this league." said Robertson.

"We have made a couple of additions, both on defence". Al Rourke played Friday night and will be solid once he gets a couple more games under his belt. Andrew Hutchinson may play one game before the playoffs because of work and travel commitments." Robertson added. "Both have played in the NHL and Europe; Hutchinson also played in the Kontinental Hockey League. We will have four cards left and we are busy trying to fill them with depth and quality."

Rourke previously played for the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, and the Edmonton Oilers before finishing his career in Europe. This is Rourke's second time with the McCoys. He preiously played for them in 2010-11.

Hutchinson played for the Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2005-06. Hutchinson finished his professional career in the KHL.

Saturday night after losing a close game to the Dunlops in the Harry Howell Arena, the McCoys stormed back to beat the Dunlops 6 - 3 in the Iroquois Sports Complex to earn their fifth victory of the season. Whitby outshot Dundas 40 - 23; however, even with their short bench the McCoys would not be defeated.. Phil Brewer and Dan Lapointe scored twice eachand set up another goal each for the McCoys. Brad Bonello aded two more goals.

The previous night, the McCoys played hard with a full lineup, but could not solve 30 year old netminder Engelage in the Howell Arena. Whitby scored once each in the first and third periods as Whitby goalie Andrew Engelage held off the McCoys. The next action for the McCoys is Friday (February 1st) when they travel to Hamilton';s Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena to play the Hamilton Steelhawks at 7:30pm.