Volume 93, Issue 73

Wednesday, February 9, 2000


Hockey team clinches first place

Western's winning card records their 27th title

The most synchronized team

Exhibiting some indoor talent

Exhibiting some indoor talent

©Jeremy Brace/Gazette
COME ON, HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT. The Mustangs were taking the hits and making their swings count as they played McMaster in exhibition play last weekend.

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

It was only an exhibition game, but Western's indoor hockey team wasn't taking any prisoners last weekend, as they destroyed the fledgling McMaster Marauders.

The Western 1 team beat the Marauders 8-1, while the Western 2 team came out with a 6-1 victory.

The weekend was the team's chance to practice before they play their second tournament of the year, this weekend. It gave the Mustangs an opportunity to test their bench and younger players on the court – giving the team much needed game experience.

For McMaster, last weekend provided the Marauders with the chance to pit themselves against varsity competition. The team is currently without varsity status and does not have full university standing.

Western head coach Keith Concisom said he was pleased with the weekend's results, adding it was a chance to give his team some real game experience before they have to face the real thing.

"It was an opportunity to play and get some games in and also to play at home," Concisom said. "It was a good prep for the [Ontario University Athletics] and to get a whole bunch of games in before hand – it's a good indication for [next] weekend."

Karen Murtaugh, manager of the Mustangs, was also pleased with the games and agreed it was good practice for this weekend, when the team competes at the OUA level.

"It was pretty good, the point was to get everyone some playing time for next weekend," Murtaugh said. "We scored a lot of goals and did some good things. We also got to work on a bunch of set plays."

Murtaugh also pointed out the team had several experienced players and a fairly large bench. She said this weekend gave everyone an opportunity to contribute. "We wanted to get everyone some playing time, we have a lot of people and a lot of experience. It will help determine who would play [this weekend]."

Concisom also pointed out that the exhibition gave him the opportunity to identify some of the strengths and weaknesses of the team and help him make further preparations for regular season play.

"Offensively we did pretty well. We still have mental lapses, those mental lapses can turn into a lot of goals in a small amount of time," Concisom said. "We have to work on our specialty situation and tightening up our defence. I want to lower the amount of goals we gave up. With more games under our belt we'll get the goals down – even if it means we score less."

McMaster head coach Stephanie Kirkby said she was happy with her team's performance, adding this was a good opportunity for her inexperienced squad.

"We did pretty well – it was a new experience for us, there's not a lot of opportunities for us to play varsity level teams," Kirkby said. "It shows us what it takes to get varsity standing – it shows us the level we have to be [to compete]."

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