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Volume 91, Issue 44

Friday, November 14, 1997

calling wood


SPORTS
 

Mustangs ice Golden Hawk attack



©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
WHY DOES A SKUNK HAVE A WHITE STRIPE? Jeff Petrie [12] and the rest of the Western crew had a lot of time to think about life's mysteries after Laurier failed to put up much of a battle on the ice.


By John Dinner

Gazette Staff

Coming off a three-game losing streak, there is only one way to restore confidence – a good old fashioned blow-out.

On Wednesday night the men's hockey team traveled to Laurier in search of redemption. After a pair of losses to the Windsor Lancers, which included a 7-2 trouncing at home, the Mustangs were looking for anything to kick them into gear. The team received exactly what the doctor ordered: a 7-2 thumping of the Golden Hawks. An overall team effort resulted in the end of their three-game losing streak, pushing the Mustangs season record to 4-3.

Starting out slowly, leading 1-0 at the end of the first period, Western exploded for five second-period goals, taking a 6-0 lead after only 12 shots on the Golden Hawk net. The five-goal explosion was a product of great forechecking and the ability to force the puck deep.

Leading the way in the forechecking department, with very gritty play in the corners, was the line of rookie centre Shaun Fairweather and wingers Jeff Petrie and Ryan Treacy. For the second game in the row, the line did a great job of mucking things up with their physical play.

"It's just our style," Treacy said. "We like to stir things up and try to get the team going." Treacy's goal in the second period started the five-goal onslaught.

Winger Damon Hardy, one of the few veterans on the team, felt this was a particularly big win for the team based on their recent performances.

"This game was huge since we didn't want to fall below .500 with only six games left before Christmas," Hardy said. "We know we are a better team than that."

Other goal scorers included centres Mike Allain and Jeff Mancini as well as a goal from defencemen Cam Law and Joe Birch. The balanced attack was significant, especially with two goals coming from the defensive corps, who previously had only one goal as a unit.

Western Coach Barry Martinelli had nothing but praise for his troops for getting themselves out of the three game rut, as well as the scoring funk they have been in of late, scoring only eight goals in the previous four games. Martinelli was quick to point out that the team wasn't doing anything different, but the bounces seemed to go their way.

"One of the biggest differences between this game and those last week (vs. Windsor), was that we were able to cash in on our scoring opportunities," he said.

Martinelli also stressed that it is still the little things that have to be done to win games, but with better break-outs and sharper passes in the neutral zone, the team is improving greatly.

The men will be at it again tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Arena when they take on another division rival, the Waterloo Warriors.


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