Volume 93, Issue 47
Tuesday, November 23, 1999
The streak is over - Mustangs' tie
TYING THEM UP. Toronto did a good job of doing just that on Saturday, as the white hot Mustangs' winning streak came to an end due to a 2-2 tie against the Varsity Blues.
By Wes Brown
The streak is over well, sort of.
After a convincing victory Friday against the Guelph Gryphons, the Western hockey team took their winning streak into Thompson arena Saturday night and tried to extend it past the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Things went as planned in the early goings as Western took a quick 2-0 lead. However, when the buzzer ended the game, overtime had solved nothing and the Varsity Blues managed to salvage a 2-2 tie.
Mustang head coach Clarke Singer said it was kind of tough to be down about the tie, considering the kind of hockey his team had been playing up to that point in the season.
"We weren't really clicking on all cylinders, we didn't check nearly as hard as we usually do," Clarke said about the game. "After the two goal lead, we sat back a bit. I guess we thought we had the game in hand."
Western is still without a loss this year and the tie marked the only time Western will face Toronto this season. Goaltender and fifth-year Mustang C.J. Denomme said they're a young hungry team, but added this was easily their worst performance of the season.
"We had a lot of turnovers. We just weren't as hungry as we were Friday night," he said. "It was a pretty sombre dressing room after the game, it was almost like we did lose. It's still early [in the season] but this was a reality check."
Denomme offered no other reasons for the overall lack lustre effort of his team, but said coming off this low would not be a problem.
Toronto head coach Darren Lowe said his team played a good game, considering they were up against the number one ranked team in the province. "We wanted to go in and limit their time of possession on the puck and be as physical as possible," he said.
"They probably didn't think we were a very good team based on our record, but the competition in this league is so good, you can't take anyone for granted."
At the moment Toronto, Queen's University and the University of Guelph are the best teams in the East and Lowe said his team is going to use this game as a stepping stone in their play.
"It's definitely a confidence booster. When you play 60 minutes of hockey against a team like [Western] and come out with a tie, I'd say that's pretty good."
Denomme said he was confident Western would get back on track after Saturday's mental lapse. "If it was any other team I might be worried but not with this one."
Western hopes to return to their winning ways this weekend, as they battle the University of Windsor in a two game series.
The Mustangs will be at home Friday at 7:35 p.m. against the Lancers and then travel to Windsor and play Sunday at 3:30 p.m..
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