Volume 93, Issue 43
Tuesday, November 16, 1999
Mustangs beat weak Warrior lineup
LOOK OUT, HE'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Despite all of Waterloo's sneaky tactics, they were unable to surprise Western last Friday as the hockey team won 7-3.
By Wes Brown
The purple machine known as the Western men's hockey team dismantled the Waterloo Warriors 7-3 Friday, extending the Mustangs' winning streak to seven games.
The game also marked the comeback of assistant captain and winger Damon Hardy and pivotal defenceman Jeff Maclean, who both returned with a bang. Hardy scored two goals and Maclean added a goal plus three assists in their return to action.
Mustang head coach Clarke Singer said it was great having Hardy and Maclean back in the lineup and their impact showed right away. "Three of our seven goals came from the two of them. We had a great start two great scoring chances in the first and we out shot them 21-9."
By the second period, Western had Waterloo on the ropes with an insurmountable 5-1 lead and Singer said any time the score gets high, team's tend to get a little laid back.
"The defence was a little sloppy near the end there, but we beat them in the third period so that was nice. It was an all round good game," Singer said.
Hardy said it was great to come back and score two goals considering he wasn't sure how his knee was going to hold up. "It was nice just to get out and skate again," he said. "This is the best start Western has ever had. It's not that the league is particularly weak this season, we just have a strong team."
Waterloo head coach Dave Cressman admitted the Mustangs do have a very good team, but said his team has 10 players currently out with various injuries.
"Not all of them are top notch guys, but with a full team we might have been able to battle [Western]," Cressman said. "We're going to have to play .500 hockey until the [Christmas] break to allow for our guys to heal."
Hardy said Western knew the Warriors were weak and made the flaw instantly part of their game plan. "They were weak on defence and we tried to exploit that all game. We were hitting them deep and making it hard for them to get the puck out," he said.
Maclean said while his team played a good game, they were still too inconsistent for the first part of the match. "We were playing in spurts. We got out to a quick start but didn't keep it going. It was good, but it was definitely not our best game," he said.
Before this match, Maclean's injury had sidelined him for three games and he said his four point performance was partly due to his excitement upon returning.
"I had a little jump in my skates, it was good to be back," he said. "A lot of teams are trying to gun for us. This league's so even that on any given night another team could walk in here and beat us."
Cressman said his team just couldn't match up with the size of the Mustangs, adding they tried to do some of the same things Western was doing into their game plan, but could not do it effectively.
"They're a lot bigger than us and when they got cycling the puck we couldn't stop them. They're just a strong team from their goaltending out," Cressman said.
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