Volume 94, Issue 54

Tuesday, December 5, 2000


Cote says no way to Regina in Vanier

Mustangs finish first half perfectly

Lady Mustangs bouncing back

Veterans lead troops to victory

Mustangs finish first half perfectly

By John Dinner
Gazette Staff

The Mustang men's hockey team were handed an early Christmas gift Saturday afternoon as they took on the Windsor Lancers.

In what was supposed to be their toughest match-up in the first half of the season, the Mustangs rolled over the lifeless Lancers on route to a 11-2 victory, securing a perfect record of 12 wins, no losses, and no ties to finish up the first half of the season.

After defeating the Laurier Golden Hawks 6-4 on Thursday, the Mustangs geared up to take on the second place Lancers, hoping to extend their win streak to 12 games.

The first period was the kind of hockey expected between the two rivals – physical and low scoring – with the Mustangs leading 1-0 after one period. It was during the second period that the goal scoring barrage began as the Mustangs scored 7 times, to take an 8-2 lead into the third period.

"We didn't get off to the kind of start we wanted," Western head coach Clarke Singer said. "I'm proud of the way we played the other 40 minutes, and our goal is to play the way we are capable of for a full 60 minutes."

Scoring for the Mustangs were forwards Jeff Petrie and Jeff Attard with two each, Andrew Power, Darren Mortier, Justin Davis, Jeff Hare, Shaun Fairweather, and Jack Hardill all had one tally. Ryan McKie was the lone goal scorer from the defence corps, as 14 different Mustangs registered a point.

"They are a really good club. We felt coming in that this was going to be a real tough game," Singer said. "I didn't think there was much of a pressure difference [between the teams], I just think we got some bounces and capitalized on our opportunities."

Every single possible game statistic seemed to favour the Mustangs as they out-shot and out-chanced the Lancers, went 3 for 4 on the power play, scored a short handed marker, while only allowing two power play goals on Windsor's 8 chances.

The Mustangs now take close to a month off for Christmas before lacing up the skates again in league action, but travel to Ottawa to take part in the Nation's Capital Tournament at the end of December.

"We know that if we want to beat the best teams we have to execute. We're going to use this break to practice, get in the gym, and work on some team building," said Western captain, Jeff Petrie. "Our goal in the second half is to get first place in the division and get the bye for [the first round of] the playoffs."

Regular season action will get back underway Jan. 6, when the Mustangs travel to Windsor to take on the very same Lancers. The Mustangs have traditionally had a very difficult time in the noisy and small Adie Knox Herman Arena.

"This long break could be a disadvantage as it may take away from our momentum. Every team is going to be coming in and playing their best when they play us," Singer commented. "We're going right back into their building and they will not have forgotten this game."

Against Windsor, a team that has a goal of beating Western printed in their press package, the Mustangs will be put to the test early in the New Year.

Windsor Lancer head coach Mike Rice was unavailable for comment.

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