Volume 93, Issue 64
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
6-0 spank in first of two
SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT NHL TAX BREAKS? After their 6-0 trouncing on Thursday night, Windsor had little else to talk about in terms of hockey.
By Wes Brown
The Mustangs began the first of two games against the University of Windsor last Thursday and if the game was any indication, it was the beginning of the end for an overwhelmed Lancers squad.
Western controlled the game from the get go and by the time the final buzzer sounded, goalie C.J. Denomme and the rest of his team had recorded a 6-0 shutout victory.
Denomme commented on the solid effort put in by the nationally number seven ranked Mustangs, who he said were playing their "A" game Thursday night. "As the game went on I was building a lot of confidence from the way [the team] was scoring and keeping the shots against down."
Denomme added Western had been receiving offensive and defensive contributions from more sources and because of this, they were a far better team. "We've had a much more balanced attack and the score sheet is really starting to fill out. In particular, [forwards] J.J. Wrobel and Chris George have really started to fly and pick up their game of late," he said.
"Defensively, Ryan McKey has really stood out and become the backbone of our core. More and more first year players like him are really stepping up and playing like veterans."
Head coach Clarke Singer agreed and said all four lines were contributing no matter which players were put together. "Our depth has shone through with a lot of guys contributing to our team offence," he said. "On the other hand, Windsor was a little short-handed coming into the game missing a few key players."
Windsor head coach Mike Rice did not blame any specific part of his team for the poor effort, but said Western got away with a lot of blown calls by the officials.
"[Western] does a lot of holding up and picking and the refs in London seem to let it go," Rice said. "We took some early penalties and weren't allowed to play our style of game. We knew what we were doing was effective but we were just unable to do it."
After the game, the preparation for Saturday's rematch began and Denomme knew his team would be in tough playing at Windsor.
"They're a real Jekyl and Hyde when it comes to them playing at home. They're really tough in their own barn," he said about Windsor's home arena.
"Our team does a lot better with a larger ice surface. We can crash and bang with the best of them, but we also have the wheels to take advantage of a larger surface."
Singer added the key to playing Windsor at home was initiating the game play and not allowing them to get into their style of play. "We also discussed the crowd we knew they were going to have, being their alumni weekend. It's usually very vocal and anti-Western."
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