Volume 92, Issue 27
Thursday, October 22, 1998
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Getting ready for ice wars in Far West
PREPARING FOR WAR. The Mustang hockey team will be facing off against some tough competition this year in their quest for the national championships.
By John Dinner
The National Hockey League season is well under way now and it's time for Ontario University Athletics hockey action to get going.
This year Western boasts a solid team and one of the deepest rosters in quite some time, with key additions up front and along the blueline. This bodes well for the squad as they enter action this year in the Far West division, which many are saying is the toughest division in Ontario this year.
If the pre-season is any indication, the 'Stangs are definitely on the right track. They finished the exhibition schedule at two wins and four losses, however, three of those losses came against some of the top schools from the United States. Their other loss came against the top ranked UQTR in the final of the Oktoberfest tournament, where the they grabbed the silver.
"We're pleased with the results from the tournament. You never know what to expect in these [pre-season] tournaments," said Western head coach Barry Martinelli. "But when we beat Guelph [6-3] we knew we had an opportunity to go to the finals."
In the tournament, Western boasted two all-stars Rob Schweyer, who had a three-goal performance against Waterloo and Cam Law, the fourth-year defenseman who played solid defensively while sparking the offense during exhibition play.
With the loss of last season's top scorer Jeff Mancini, Western will need players like Schweyer to step up their offensive output.
"The loss of Mancini could really hurt them but players like [Damon] Hardy, [Shaun] Fairweather and Schweyer should carry the load for Western," said Guelph head coach Marlin Muylaert. "The thing that jumps out at you about Western is their tremendous depth. From their forwards right through to the defence and goaltending, Western is looking really good."
Hardy, who was second in scoring on the team last year, is going to be looked upon to not only provide on-ice leadership but also to put the puck in the net.
"We've got a better work ethic and discipline this year and with more depth we should really challenge for first [in the Far West]," Martinelli said.
With a solid returning core of players, along with some experienced new additions, Western should compete for national recognition.
"Our goal is to play in the nationals and we feel we've got the team to do it," said third-year defenseman Kevin Murnaghan.
However, before getting to that level the Mustangs have to get out of the very tough Far West. "It's going to be a very competitive year," Martinelli said. "The toughest part of our year could be just trying to get out of our division."
The season gets under way for the team tonight as they travel to Guelph to take on the young upstart Gryphons, a team they beat in the Oktoberfest tournament.
"Last year I felt we could compete with Guelph but that they were still better," Martinelli said. "But this year I believe we're better and we will be able to compete and beat many of the top teams in the OUA."
UWO VARSITY HOCKEY MUSTANGS
1998-99 TEAM ROSTER
NO NAME POS YR HT WT
1 HALL, Mike Goal 3 5'11 155
31 ENGLAND, Denver Goal 1 5'11 163
33 DENOMME, C.J. Goal 4 6'1 190
3 WEBB, Paul Defense 2 6'1 165
4 MUNRO, Matt Defense 3 6'0 196
6 MURNAGHAN, Kevin Defense 3 6'1 206
7 WATSON, Craig C/LW 2 5'6 155
9 FAIRWEATHER, Shaun C/LW 2 5'11 178
10 SCHWEYER, Rob RW 3 6'1 197
11 ALVIANO, Ben LW 3 6'2 200
12 PETRIE, Jeff Center 3 6'0 195
14 HARDY, Damon LW 4 5'11 182
15 MOSS, Jim Defense 1 5'11 205
16 LINTON, Todd RW 1 6'4 200
17 RICE, Aaron C/RW 2 6'1 180
18 FROST, Rob LW 1 5'11 187
19 LAW, CAM Defense 4 5'11 185
21 BIRCH, Joe Defense 2 6'3 202
22 HARE, Kevin Center 1 5'10 180
23 BRADLEY, Todd RW 4 6'0 192
24 HARE, Chris LW 1 5'10 180
25 MANLEY, Steve Def/For 1 6'1 190
26 FIACCONI, Adriano RW 1 6'1 195
27 GEORGE, Chris RW 2 6'4 202
28 GIBSON, Mike Center 3 5'10 180
HEAD COACH: Barry Martinelli
ASSOCIATE COACH: Clarke Singer
ASSISTANT COACH: Sam Semple
GRAD. ASST. COACH: Mark Cernjul
GOALIE COACH: Bruce Okrainec
VIDEO TECHNICIAN: Cam O'Donnell
SCOUTING STAFF: Greg Clarke, Tim Hart
TRAINERS: Dave Mindenhall, Mike Vilon
EQUIPMENT MGR: Sean Wheatley
STUDENT TRAINER: Jeff Smallwood
1998/99 Mustang Hockey Schedule
Tonight 7:30pm @Guelph
Saturday Oct. 24 7:30pm @Toronto
Friday Oct. 30 7:30pm vs. Queen's
Saturday Oct. 31 7:30pm vs. RMC
Friday Nov. 6 7:30pm vs. Windsor
Sunday Nov. 8 3:30pm @ Windsor
Wednesday Nov. 11 7:30pm vs. Laurier
Friday Nov. 13 7:30pm @ Waterloo
Wednesday Nov. 18 7:30pm @ Laurier
Friday Nov. 20 7:30pm vs. Waterloo
Thursday Nov. 26 7:30pm vs. York
Saturday. Nov. 28 2:00pm @ Laurentian
Friday Jan. 8 7:30pm vs. Laurier
Sunday Jan. 10 3:30pm @ Windsor
Friday Jan. 15 7:30pm vs. Brock
Saturday Jan. 16 7:30pm vs. Ryerson
Thursday Jan. 21 7:30pm vs. Windsor
Saturday Jan. 23 7:30pm @ Windsor
Wednesday Jan. 27 7:30pm vs. Laurier
Friday Jan. 29 7:30pm @ Waterloo
Thursday Feb. 4 7:30pm @ York
Saturday Feb. 6 7:30pm vs. Laurentian
Friday Feb. 12 7:45pm @ Ryerson
Saturday Feb. 13 3:45pm @ Brock
Wednesday Feb. 17 7:30pm vs. Waterloo
Friday Feb. 19 7:30pm @ Laurier
Wednesday Feb. 24 Divisional Semi-Finals
Thursday March 4 Divisional Finals
Saturday March 13 Queen's Cup
Thursday March 25 CIAU Championships
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