Volume 93, Issue 60

Tuesday, January 18, 2000


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

All tied up with Brock

©Chris Chaconas/Gazette
NO WONDER WE'RE ALL TIED UP. Brock university clutched, grabbed and hooked their way to a late 2-2 tie with the Mustangs Friday night.

By Anthony Thomas
Gazette Staff

The Brock Badgers strolled into town Friday night and managed to walk away with only a point.

Despite outshooting the Badgers 41-24 and carrying the play for most of the second and third periods, the Mustang men were forced to settle for a 2-2 tie.

Western opened the scoring early in the second period and seemed to dominate the game well into the third. The Mustangs held what looked like a comfortable 2-0 lead until the middle of the last period, when Brock exploded and scored two goals in 26 seconds.

Western head coach Clarke Singer said he was disappointed with the final result, but not with his team's effort. "I think we worked hard enough to get a victory and I think we deserved a win tonight. Their goalie played very well," Singer said. "But, overall, we are happy with the 59 minutes we played. We had two breakdowns defensively and unfortunately, it cost us."

Murray Nystrom, head coach of the Badgers, said he felt lucky to escape with the point. "The score, I don't think, indicated the overall play. However, our team has been in similar games all year long and came up on the other end," he said. "Maybe this is a little bit of payback for previous games, where we played well enough and didn't win the game. It was ugly, but it's a point that we'll take."

Mustang co-captain Jeff Petrie said although his team deserved a better fate, they learned an important lesson. "We're pretty disappointed. We had a little 25 second lapse there and it cost us a point," he said.

After the game, Nystrom had high praise for the Mustangs. "It's a team that I really like. They have great skill, they skate and are competing hard," he said.

Singer added he was happy with the season's progress, but hopes to continue improving with each game. "We're a pretty offensive team and we create a lot of shots. We are trying to buckle down and do a little bit better job defensively and I thought with the exception of those two chances they had, we did," he said.

Heading into the game, the Mustangs were ranked number three in the country and Singer said their reputation is a reason they must be prepared for every team they face.

"Every team is highly motivated to play us. Not only because we are ranked, but simply because we are Western and I think that is the same across all intercollegiate athletic sports," he said. "We know that we have to be ready, because everybody is going to be ready for us."

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