Volume 93, Issue 64
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Windsor sticks loss to Mustangs
I CAN GET BY YOU WITH ONE HAND BEHIND MY BACK. Western was a little too confident on Saturday as their rematch with the Lancer's ended in a 4-2 loss.
By Wes Brown
A slow start, a small rink and a house packed with alumni were the difference Saturday night, when the Windsor Lancers used home ice advantage to outlast the Western Mustangs 4-2.
Windsor got off to a quick 3-0 start in the second game of a two match set against the Lancers and co-captain Damon Hardy said it was not until the latter half of the second period that the Mustangs got on the scoreboard.
"We made it three to two near the end of the second and the momentum was definitely shifting in our favour," Hardy said about his team's late offensive start. "It was just unfortunate we had to take a break while the ice was flooded in between the second and third [periods]. It was tough to get the same intensity back."
Hardy talked about the difficulty of playing in Windsor, especially adapting to the dimensions of their ice surface.
"Their arena is always a tough place to play. It takes away from our finesse and speed because it's so much smaller. It changes the game and leads into their system of hooking, grabbing and holding," he said.
He added Windsor held their alumni weekend which helped the home team in their efforts. "They were pretty fired and were pretty loud. I think they like to have the opportunity to beat us in front of the alumni crowd."
Mustang head coach Clarke Singer said he suspected his team would take Windsor lightly considering they had already beaten the Lancers on three previous occasions this season, as well as last Thursday night. "It was only a day later, how much different could a team be?"
Singer said his team was not able to respond within the first 10 minutes of the game as much as he would have liked. "We weren't playing badly, but before we knew it we were down by three goals at the end of the first," Singer said. "We got a couple of quick goals in the second and sort of got our forecheck going and then, all of a sudden, we had the third period flood."
He added Windsor was a team with the ability to play much better at home then they do away.
Lancer head coach Mike Rice said anytime a team loses 6-0, as Windsor did Thursday, it's extremely disappointing. Often, the team wants to show they are better than what the scoreboard showed.
"Western tried to do their pick plays and holding, but the refs were calling them on it so they had to change their style of play. That really set the tempo for us," Rice said. "Western is a far more talented team then we are and we need everything we've got, plus a little luck, to match up with them."
With only six games remaining in the regular season, Singer said he hoped Windsor could do Western a favour and play the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University just as tough as they played the Mustangs.
"It's going to be a real fight to the finish and first place is really important to us. We're hoping we can carry some momentum into the playoffs."
Rice said his team, which sits in third place, is going to be in a dog fight until the very end. "We're in control of our own destiny and our goal all year has been to make the playoffs."
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