Volume 93, Issue 94

Tuesday, March 28, 2000


Overtime unkind to Western's hockey team

A tough start at CIAU finals

East battles West in finals

Mustangs honoured as all-stars

A tough start at CIAU finals

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

SASKATOON (SK) – Western had to work overtime in their first game at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union's University Cup against the University of New Brunswick. However, despite a third period comeback, Western came out on the losing end of a 3-2 decision.

The Mustangs opened the scoring at halfway mark of the first period, when forward Damon Hardy took a pass from centre Jeff Petrie and slipped the puck past UNB goalie Ken Carroll.

Hardy credited the play to his linemates. "[Petrie] and [forward] Jeff [Attard] cycled the puck well in the corner. I lost my check and called for it."

The Varsity Reds came out smoking in the second period and peppered C.J. Denomme, Western's goalie, with 20 shots. Two found their mark in the net. The score remained 2-1 until Western forward Chris George scored near the end of the third to knot the game at two. It remained tied until the first overtime period, when UNB forward Colin Beardsmore danced around the Mustangs' defence and roofed a shot on Denomme for a 3-2 win.

"I just put the puck on the net," Beardsmore said after the game. "Funny things will happen in overtime."

UNB head coach Tom Coolen said the game had an odd feeling at times. "It was a funny kind of game – the first was even, we had a good second and were able to battle back in the end. All the credit goes out to Western. Denomme [was] the player of the night."

Mustang head coach Clarke Singer described the second period as a turning point in the game, as UNB outshot his team 20-4. "We really came out flat in the second. Without [Denomme], the score would not have been that close."

Singer said without the first round win, his team's future was more difficult to determine as they would move on to face a tough University of Saskatchewan team. "Obviously, we would [have liked] to win and determine our own destiny. That doesn't happen a lot," he said.

Before the tournament, Western's experience was questioned, as no one on the Western lineup had competed in the CIAU shampionship. Petrie came to his team's defence and said he did not think experience was going to be a factor.

"We felt confident in our ability to compete with any team here. The inexperience label may be accurate, but it's not important."

During the game, Western had nine penalties called against them and UNB racked up eight. Hardy said the constant appearance of special teams on the ice scrambled Western's game plan.

"It disrupts the flow of the game. It worked to our detriment. Five on five, we felt confident but our power play didn't click and when you have to kill penalties, you're playing defensive," Hardy said.

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