Volume 94, Issue 55

Wednesday, December 6, 2000


Cheerleaders win 16th national title

Lady swimmers heading upstream

Western badgered by Brock hockey team

The game that forgot about the game

Western badgered by Brock hockey team

Chris Wakefield
Gazette Writer

The Western Mustang women's hockey team had one of their strongest outings of the season this past weekend, only to end up on the losing end of a 5-3 score versus the Brock Badgers in action Saturday night in Niagara Falls.

The loss was Western's second versus Brock in the past week and drops their inaugural season record to 1-10-1.

After beating Western 6-3 last week, Brock's coach Sandy Staniforth said he knew that a fast start was the key.

"After last week, we knew a quick start was needed and that we had to come out ready to play," he said.

Western Coach Ker Fergusen said he agreed, although Western did not execute perfectly as planned. Western played Brock, also in their first season in the Ontario University Athletics, strong during the first period, but a few defensive breakdowns and mental errors led to two Brock goals.

"We had some tough breaks in first period. We have to stop spotting teams the lead," said Fergusen, as Western let the Badgers jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Brock added a fourth goal early in the second frame to increase their lead. It seemed as though the fourth goal sparked Western, as they began to dominate the play through the second period.

"I told the girls that they were playing pretty good, but that we just weren't getting the breaks. I told them to stick to our game plan," said Fergusen.

Goals by forwards Christine Traynor and Shannon Beelen pulled Western to within two goals half way through the second.

Forward Kimberly Wozniak nailed two goal posts in the second period. Despite a Brock time-out following the second goal, Western kept pressuring the Badgers, while continuing to gain momentum.

At 12:13 of the second period, Western scored what appeared to be a goal to make it 4-3, but the referee, who was behind the play, did not make the call. When asked about the officials, neither coach would comment, although Fergusen added that the goal marked the seventh goal disallowed on the Lady Mustangs this season.

Entering the third period, Western continued to control the play until Wozniak received a four-minute double minor while involved in some pushing after the whistle.

Brock scored their fifth goal, a power play marker by forward Sarah Brooks, giving her the hat trick and Brock the insurance they needed to get the victory.

With Western dominating the second period, Brock coach Sandy Staniforth knew her girls had to step it up in the third. "I just told them that they had to pick up their play and turn the game around if they wanted to win this one."

Defenseman Lindsey White said a mixture of bad breaks and sloppy defence play cost the Mustangs. "We played really hard but the bad breaks cost us."

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