Volume 93, Issue 24
Wednesday, October 13, 1999
Mustang hockey checks back in
Gazette file photo
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. The Western Mustang's men's hockey team are looking forward to returning to past glory as they won their first exhibition tournament of the year.
By Wes Brown
The good old hockey game it's the best game you can name and its best team is the good old Mustangs.
The Western men's hockey team started their season Thanksgiving weekend, competing in an exhibition tournament at the University of Waterloo.
On Friday, Western beat the Guelph Gryphons in their first game of the season by a score of 6-3. The team followed up the win with a 5-4 victory against the Waterloo Warriors the following day. The championship game was played on Sunday when Western continued to dominate, beating the Ryerson Rams 7-4.
Western head coach Clarke Singer said he was pleased with his team's play, especially since the season is just about to start for the Mustangs. "It was nice since all of the other teams had already played together the weekend before. We've been going since the third Monday in September, but these are our first real games," he said.
Singer said the team had a very good first half last year. However, the second half was plagued with losing players to outside influences.
"We had some key injuries and lost a few guys to the World University games. It's difficult to say how the team compares to last year. We have an improved talent base and 12 new players," Singer said.
Returning captain and right winger Jeff Petrie said although he was not expecting to win the weekend tournament, he would have been surprised if they did not make the finals. "We have been skating together for a month now and the guys are getting to know each other a lot better on and off the ice," he said.
As returning captain for the Mustangs, Petrie said missing the playoffs last year was a learning experience for both himself and the team. "This year I know my role and responsibilities as captain. For a lot of us, it was the first time in our hockey careers we had ever missed the playoffs," he said.
According to Petrie, Western has a deeper team this year and he said he is not worried about how many new faces are on the team. "You can't really call someone a rookie when some of these guys have played in the [Ontario Hockey League]. After training camp there are no more rookies."
Guelph head coach Jeff Reid said Western looked pretty strong in their game against the Gryphons on Friday. "A couple of late penalties killed us and their power play was working well. You can only do so much in the preseason to get ready for special teams," he said.
Western opens their season at home Oct. 21 against York University.
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