Volume 93, Issue 47

Tuesday, November 23, 1999


Western runs rampant on Guelph

The streak is over - Mustangs' tie

Past meets present in b-ball battle

Mustangs happy with silver

What is the deal with sports?

Western runs rampant on Guelph

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

The Western hockey team slaughtered the Guelph Gryphons Friday night 7-2 in a display of offensive power.

Only a few minutes into the game, the nationally ranked number two Mustangs scored their first goal and took an early lead. This opened the floodgates and the Mustangs were on their way to dominating the Gryphons. "I thought we played really well," said Western head coach Clarke Singer after the game.

To compliment the Mustangs' great start to the game, Singer attributed a strong finish to left winger Rob Frost who netted a hat trick, managing to score all goals in the last period. The first two were scored only seconds apart.

Singer said the game's success could also be attributed to other players, such as right winger Justin Davis, who had four assists – three of them tallied on Frost's goals.

"They've been working extremely hard the last couple of games," Singer said, adding it was difficult to pick out the team's weak points when they played so efficiently. "I really don't think we had a whole lot of weaknesses."

One thing Singer said he would like to see more in future games is more aggression in the mid-ice area. "We didn't control the neutral zone as much as we would have liked."

Team captain Jeff Petrie said the game was played 100 per cent by all of his teammates. "I think we won a lot of battles tonight. It wasn't kind of a 40 minute effort. I think we made a conscious effort to play 60 minutes."

Petrie said he believed his team played a consistent game because they knew the Gryphons were a highly skilled team, especially after having played them twice ealier this season in a tournament and an exhibition game.

Petrie added Guelph's team improved a lot since their previous meetings. He said he thought Guelph's defence was strong, particularly their goalie.

Jeff Reid, head coach for the Gryphons agreed his team's defence was a highlight of the game. "We played our defence position really well," he explained. He added, however, good defence was not enough to combat the Mustangs.

"We've seen them twice before this year. They have a really strong power play," Reid said on Western's biggest strength in the game.

Reid also pointed out the Western team maintained control throughout the game. "They controlled the puck everywhere it went."

Although Guelph has improved on picking up loose pucks this season, Reid still felt his team did not give the effort which was needed in this game.

"Western got it every time. We just had a poor effort."

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