Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Western hockey back on top

NFL season - a mix or surprises and boredom

Rounding up the 1999 holidays

Jordan retires, comes back and retires

Western hockey back on top

Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT CENTURY IT IS, WE'LL CONTINUE TO WIN. The Mustang hockey team continued their winning ways Saturday, beating the Laurentian Voyageurs 5-1.

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

They're back – in more ways than one.

The Western Mustang men's hockey team returned to their winning ways with last Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Laurentian University Voyageurs.

The convincing win came after the Mustangs saw their unbeaten streak come to an end at the hands of the Laurier Golden Hawks by a score of 4-1, Dec. 2. Since being back, Western also fell to the York Yeomen by a score of 4-1.

Mustang head coach Clarke Singer has been working on helping the team forget about the defeats and said they went from one of their poorest showings in last Thursday's loss to York, to one of their best games in the Laurentian win.

"We haven't had many bad nights," Singer said about the Mustangs' almost flawless record this season. "We have to learn from those [losses] and dissect why they happened. Our motto for the second half [of the season] is to try to get better and build upon every game we play."

The Mustangs took control early in the Laurentian game and Singer attributed his team's success to tight forechecking, resulting in a lot of good scoring opportunities. "The entire team was working hard. When you get a team effort like that, there isn't a team in the league that can beat us," he said.

Singer added the win is something his team could build on, while heading into this week's games against Brock University, who are currently first in the East and Ryerson Polytechnic University, who recently beat Laurier.

Western goalie C.J. Denomme faced 20 shots in the Laurentian game and said his team made his job a lot easier by the way they performed.

"Everyone played a solid 60 minutes, we haven't had an effort like that all year," Denomme said. "That's the type of hockey Clarke has labelled 'Mustang hockey.' When we're playing that kind of hockey, we're among the best in the country. When we don't, any team can beat us on any given night."

Denomme also reflected on his team's earlier losses and said anytime a team suffers a loss, it's a wake up call. He said, as a whole, the Mustangs took the losses into perspective.

"We're shooting to be number one in this league, but more importantly being number one internally, from the dressing room out. If we can do that, all of the rankings will take care of themselves," he said.

Laurentian head coach Craig Duncanson said Western was well prepared coming into this game and literally came out flying.

"I thought we didn't capitalize on some of our chances in the early going," Duncanson said about his team's effort. "When we had to open up, Western come out strong and really took charge."

The Voyageurs have struggled this season and Duncanson said his team has played quite well, but just has not been able to fight it out in a lot of one goal losses. "Western is among the elite, but in this league, on any given night anything can happen."

The Mustangs hope to continue their winning ways this Friday at 7:35 p.m., when they take on the Brock Badgers at home. Western then travels to Ryerson on Saturday to take on the Rams at 7:45 p.m..

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