Volume 93, Issue 68

Tuesday, February 1, 2000


Western's hockey team feeling all tied up

Bourdeau leads Western to win over Guelph

Forward steps up play for win

N'Sync for the home crowd

Team alWright at weekend meet

Western's hockey team feeling all tied up

By Anthony Thomas
Gazette Staff

The Western Mustangs and the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks battled to a difficult 5-5 draw Friday at Thompson Arena.

The divisional rivals played an intense game which was physical, penalty-packed and full of more drama than the Mustangs desired.

After gaining a 5-2 lead, the Mustangs saw the Golden Hawks claw their way back with three third period goals, including two late in the match – one with only nine seconds left.

Mustang head coach Clarke Singer was not happy with the final result, but was pleased with his team's play for most of the night.

"It's very frustrating and disappointing, but you always have to keep in mind the big picture. I thought for 55 minutes we played a pretty good hockey game against a pretty good team," he said. "We should have won tonight. I think we deserved the win [but] we had a couple bad breaks."

Tony Martindale, head coach of the Golden Hawks, said he was pleased with his team's third period heroics after a mediocre second period, which saw the Mustangs outshoot them 15-4 and outscore them 3-1.

"In the second period we got into a bit of penalty trouble and Western is a big, strong team and when they get the puck down low they make you pay," Martindale noted. "Western has a really good powerplay with some skilled players so you don't want to be sitting in the box against them. We played really well in the third and we got our game going."

After the second period domination, the Golden Hawks simply refused to lay down and die. "I don't think any team in our league is ever going to give up," Singer said. "Teams are going to play every minute against us and we have to do the same against them."

Special teams played a big role in the penalty-riddled game and this was no surprise to Martindale. "Any time these teams play there is a rivalry there. We don't like each other very much and that's quite evident. So special teams will play a big part whenever we play Western."

Mustang co-captain and centre Jeff Petrie said he felt his team's penalties definitely took their toll throughout the game. "[The penalties may have] hurt our momentum a bit, but in a game like this we have to be ready for that kind of thing," he said.

However, Singer did not think an emphasis on special teams hurt the game. "Anytime that there are a few power plays or penalty kills, that's all right for us because I would like to think that we have one of the better power plays in the league and I think our penalty killing is pretty solid."

Petrie noted the game was far from a bad one for the Mustangs. "On the positive side, we saw that we are a better team than these guys – we showed that in the first two periods. Unfortunately, we didn't play the third period like we should have."

Singer also said he felt the game, for the most part, was a good one for the Mustangs. "It was a good game. It was a playoff-style game – it was intense. We lost our focus a little bit in the last minute and a half. Other than that, I thought we played a pretty good game."

The Mustangs will face the Golden Hawks two more times in the regular season, Feb. 10 at Laurier and Feb. 16 at home.

"They are a good rival for us and we will probably meet them in [the Ontario University Athletics Far West Division Finals]," Singer said. "We tend to play better, the better the teams we play against are – and Laurier is definitely one of the best teams in the league."

To Contact The Sports Department:

Copyright The Gazette 2000