Volume 93, Issue 60

Tuesday, January 18, 2000


SPORTS

Hockey men on late season roll

All tied up with Brock

Women block out McMaster

Relays lead athletes to victory

Gruhn's big dig gives Western three set win

Hockey men on late season roll



By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Western's defensive core led the offensive charge Saturday night against Ryerson Polytechnic University, helping beat the Rams at home 8-3.

Head coach Clarke Singer said his team played extremely well and have now strung together nine consecutive periods of great hockey. He added the five goal output from his blueliners was also nice to see.

"It was 6-0 through about half the game and I think four or five of our goals were from the power play, so it was an overall great effort by the guys," Singer said. "We're now six points up on [Wilfrid Laurier University] for top spot in our division.

"We sat back and looked at the loss against York [University]. The guys really felt bad about the way they played and have been working really hard on getting back on track."

With 10 games left in the regular season, Singer said keeping the team's play at a high level is important. "With only a month left, you can't afford to have a dip in your momentum heading into the playoffs," he said.

Western co-captain and defenceman Jeff Petrie finished with one goal and one assist in the Ryerson game and said although it was nice the defence produced points, it is unfortunate they are unable to score consistently.

"The forwards were cycling the puck well, which opened up some nice shots for us and there were a lot of bodies in front of the net for most of the game," Petrie said. "The boys are starting to realize that there isn't much time left."

Out of the 10 remaining games, eight will be played against division rivals, something Petrie said makes them all the more important. "It's like every game is worth four points. We've got our focus back now and hopefully we'll be able to turn the ship around. We're playing well, hopefully we can keep it up."

Ryerson head coach Louie Carnevale broke Saturday's game down with a simple statement – "Western played great and Ryerson played horrible. They were definitely firing on all cylinders," Carnevale said. "Western is definitely one of the top teams in the country. They're ranked, they're motivated, they have all the horses they need to win this season."

Western's next outing is a two game series against the University of Windsor, a challenge Singer said would be a battle. "Windsor played us real tough last time and they are currently fighting for the final playoff spot, against the University of Waterloo, which means they have even more to play for."

Western will be at home Thursday night to play against Windsor at 7:35 p.m.. The Mustangs then travel to Windsor to play the Lancers at home Saturday at 5:30 p.m..


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