Volume 92, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 19, 1999
Hockey squad cleans up with two wins
By Anthony Thomas
The Western Mustang men's hockey team is in the heat of the first place race of the Ontario Far West division but not without a little love lost between opponents.
Over the weekend, the 'Stangs trampled both the Brock Badgers, 3-0 and the Ryerson Rams 9-6, to better their record to 10-6.
Although the victory over the Rams appeared to be an impressive win for the Mustangs, Ryerson coach Louie Carnevale was not as enthusiastic with Western's attitude or conduct on the ice at Saturday's night game.
"They're all happy that they beat us they should be embarrassed," Carnevale said. "They talk about us not showing any class when they sure don't win with class."
Carnevale was referring to a skirmish in the second period in which he claimed Mustang Jim Moss reached over the bench and gave a face wash to a Ryerson player.
Mustang coach Barry Martinelli disagreed with Carnevale's assessment. "Our team showed class. We stood at centre ice to shake hands. Where were they?" Martinelli asked. "I can't believe that a team would walk off the ice. That's the first time in 15 years that I've been in this league that a coach at the end of the game didn't shake hands. I think that they have no class."
Western forward Todd Bradley also disapproved of Ryerson's conduct. "That's kind of bush league. When it comes down to it it's just a game. You should shake hands and show a little class," Bradley said.
Martinelli also disapproved of coach Carnevale's conduct during the game. "[Carnevale] was berating our guys and I think it's totally inappropriate," he said. "I think it's an embarrassment to our league and I think something should be done about it and I'm going to do something about it. I'm going to report it."
In spite of the yelling matches, Western managed to prevail with nine different players recording goals. "We refused to lose and battled through everything," Bradley said.
In the Friday night game, Brock Badger head coach Murray Nystrom had the opposite opinion of the Mustangs' performance.
"I thought Western played an extremely strong game very physical," Nystrom said. "They had a lot of speed in their attack. They won just about every race to the puck and won just about every battle in traffic areas that there was."
The Badgers were blanked by goaltender C.J. Denomme who came up big with some great saves when they were needed most. "The few chances we did muster up, he was there and that's why he's one of the best goaltenders in the league," Nystrom added.
Western will play a home and home series next week against the second place Windsor Lancers.
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