Volume 92, Issue 66
Tuesday, January 26, 1999
'Stangs and Lancers duke it out
HE SHOOTS, HE DROPS HIS GLOVES? The Mustangs did more scrapping than scoring against the Windsor Lancers, losing 5-2 and 3-1, ending the second game with a brawl.
By John Dinner
The battle for hockey supremacy in the Ontario University Athletics Far West division was definitely a battle both literally and figuratively over the weekend.
The home and home series between the Windsor Lancers and the Mustangs ended with a brawl on the ice, after Western dropped both games, 5-2 and 3-1 on Thursday and Saturday respectively, to fall five points out of first place in the standings.
On Thursday, Western hosted the first of the two games and came out with a flat effort as they attempted to overtake the Lancers for first place. With both teams missing key players as a result of the World University Games, the match was a battle between the two squad's depth charts.
The Lancers appeared to be the least affected by the absence of their stars, opening up a quick 2-0 lead on the first two shots of the game on their way to the 5-2 win.
"It was a trade off. Both teams are missing their top scorers and defencemen," said Lancer head coach Rick Cranker. "It's unfortunate to have games of this magnitude without them, but both teams had to do it. We were just able to capitalize on our scoring opportunities."
Mustang goal scorers on the evening were sophomore left-winger Chris George and rookie left-winger Rob Frost. Both were playing on the top line in the absence of centre Jeff Petrie with the varsity national team and right-winger Rob Schweyer, who is out with a back injury.
On Saturday the 'Stangs travelled to Windsor seeking the chance to once again close the gap to one point for first overall in the Far West.
Despite losing 3-1, Western's assistant coach Clarke Singer was happy with the effort put forward by his troops. "It was the best we've played in Windsor in quite some time," Singer commented. "Heading into the playoffs it gives us some confidence that we can play in their rink."
Todd Bradley, Saturday's lone scorer for Western, also believed that to be the case. "With a few more bounces going our way we know we can beat them. This game gave us some confidence but we're still not happy with the loss."
The second game was marred at the end by a brawl from which the consequences are not yet known, but any suspensions to the Mustang team at this point in the season would be a tremendous loss.
"To lose a couple more players, especially with Petrie and [defenceman Jim] Moss already gone would be huge," Bradley said. "Everyone is going to have to step it up in the next few games they're going to be real important for us."
The possibility of losing more players could prove very costly as they face more Far West competition and try to hold onto second place when they battle Laurier on Wednesday at Thompson Arena at 7:30 p.m..
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