Potent power-play key against Warriors
By John Dinner
On Friday night the Mustang men's hockey team travelled to Waterloo in hopes of stringing together two straight wins for the first time this season.
The penalty-filled affair, typical of action in the Far West so far this year, was won by Western on the strength of four power-play goals out of their eight opportunities for the 6-4 victory.
"I really liked our power-play," said Western head coach Barry Martinelli. "But I also liked the way we battled. Waterloo just wouldn't go away but we never let ourselves get behind."
Leading the way offensively for the Mustangs were Rob Schweyer, who tallied two goals and two assists and defenceman Cam Law who also scored two, giving him four in the last two games.
"Getting on the ice with the first line [Schweyer, Damon Hardy and Jeff Petrie] has created a lot of holes for me," Law said. "I think it helps the team to get scoring from the blue line because it takes pressure off our forwards and lets them play their style."
Also scoring on the night were centre Shaun Fairweather and left-winger Chris George, who are both in their sophomore seasons and playing on the same line.
"Our line hasn't been producing," said Fairweather, who also had two assists. "But I think we've been playing well and the goals tonight were a result of our hard work."
Martinelli agreed and added the victory was the total team effort required to win night in and night out in Ontario University Athletics hockey.
"We've gotten great work out of our first-year guys, the second-year guys are really stepping it up and our veterans are showing tremendous leadership," Martinelli said.
Waterloo coach Dave Cressman said he believed the game is going to be indicative of the battles which are going to be waged this year.
"We're not going to quit it's the way we have to play. We're not the most talented team," Cressman said. "We want to be the hardest working team in the OUA and I was pleased with our effort, but we can't afford to take so many undisciplined penalties."
Cressman said he also thought Waterloo could use some better goaltending, an aspect Western has not needed to worry about with rookie goaltender Denver England filling in admirably for the injured CJ Denomme.
"We're not going to win too many games if our goaltending doesn't improve," Cressman said. "Goaltending was supposed to be Western's weakness right now but I thought England played tremendous."
The key for the Mustangs is to continue to build on this win and put together a streak which will give them some room to work with in the Far West.
"We've got to get on a roll if we want to get to where we want to be at the end of the season," Law said. "Our goal right now is to be in first come Christmas, so the next few games are important."
Western hits the road once again tonight travelling to Waterloo to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks.