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Volume 91, Issue 35

Friday, October 31, 1997

flesh and bones


SPORTS
 

Hot Laurier netminder can't douse Mustangs



©Tom Baumgartbner/Gazette
ALL'S FAIR AT THOMPSON ARENA THESE DAYS. Rookie Shaun Fairweather was the first to solve Geoff Schnare Wedneday night, after the Laurier netminder had stopped the first 20 shots he faced.


By Alex Chiang

Gazette Staff

Someone should remind the Mustang hockey team that it's not supposed to have enough talent on its roster to win.

The 'Stangs have started the season with a hot hand and Wednesday night they added yet another victory to their perfect 2-0 record, at the expense of the Laurier Golden Hawks.

The Mustangs outplayed the Hawks from the outset, but fourth-year Laurier goaltender Geoff Schnare appeared unbeatable, stopping 35 of 38 shots, including two breakaway opportunities. He also made a great save minus his stick on a shot from Todd Bradley during a four-minute Western power-play.

"Geoff played really well tonight, but I wasn't happy with the rest of the team," Laurier head coach Wayne Gowing said. "We weren't playing steady hockey and what I told Barry [Martinelli] after the game was that we weren't playing instinctively."

Not to be forgotten was the man between Western's pipes, Mike Hall, who started his first regular season game for the Mustangs. Hall stymied 17 of the 19 shots he faced.

"We would've liked to get more shots on Hall, but I have to give Western's defence some credit," Gowing said. "They kept us to the outside."

Mike Allain, who netted the winning goal for the Stangs, had high praises for his goalie's hard night's work.

"Mike played incredibly," he said. "He's been there anytime the coach has asked him to be there and he stood on his head today and won us the game."

Allain also said it'll take a team effort in order for Western to win.

"The team has been working hard and as a result we've won the last few games," he said. "Things are really coming together and we realize we're not the most talented team, but if we continue to work hard, good things will happen."

Although Hall also cited Wednesday's victory as a total team effort, he did single out Allain as a big reason for the Western victory.

"Allain's one of those guys who gets the goal when you really need one," Hall said. "We're off to a great start and the season is really looking good."

Mustang head coach Barry Martinelli was also happy with Allain's performance, although he believed the team on a whole has had better nights.

"On a scale of 10, the first two games were an eight or a nine, tonight was a seven," he said. "Mike's played really well. He's very aggressive and he's made some tremendous hits. He's been our spark plug so far this season."

The loss of defencemen Brian Grieve and Mike Shewan raised questions concerning Western's ability to hit the twine often enough, but so far the offensive firepower has come in droves with the team potting 15 goals in the first three games.

"The offence will look after itself as long as we get distribution," Martinelli said. "Hopefully we'll score enough goals, but the good thing is that we won't let in many of them and as long as we keep the opponent to under three a game, we should win."

Western's next game is tonight in Waterloo against the Warriors at 7:30 p.m..


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