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

Mustangs honoured as all-stars

©Chad Thompson/Gazette

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

SASKATOON (SK) – Last Wednesday, two Mustangs were honoured at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union all-Canadian banquet for their hockey skills.

Team captain and forward Jeff Petrie was named to the all-Canadian team and rookie forward Darren Mortier was named to the all-rookie team.

Petrie said an honour such as this reflected the efforts of his teammates. "I was not expecting it. I'm happy with how things have gone this year. With something like this, you look to your teammates and coaches. It reflects on the team and how we have done as a whole."

Mortier agreed with his captain's sentiments. "Any individual success is directly related to the success of the team," he said. "I think the awards are a sign of things to come [for Western hockey]."

When asked about Petrie's accomplishments, Western head coach Clarke Singer had nothing but praise for the veteran.

"Jeff deserves [this award] for the year he has had on and off the ice. I'm very proud of him," he said.

Singer added that Mortier was one of the top recruits for Western this year. "He has had a tremendous impact on the team. It's nice for him to get the honours and I think he has a tremendous future ahead of him."

Sunday afternoon produced more accolades for the Mustangs, as C.J. Denomme was named goalie for the CIAU tournament all-star team.

"It feels really good from a personal standpoint, but anyone who wins an individual award will tell you they would trade it in for a championship," he said.

"It's great for the program – Petrie's all-Canadian and Clarke's nomination for coach of the year shows the integrity and type of individuals who are here," he added.

Denomme stopped 84 of the 90 shots he faced during the championship tournament and said he felt in the zone between the pipes. "You are so focused and face so many shots that after awhile you tune everything out and it's just you and the puck."

The tournament marked Denomme's last game at the university level and looking back, he said he would only change one thing.

"The only thing I would change is that we would have won [a game]. Personally, it's the way I wanted to end it – leave it all on the ice and go out on my terms in front of 10,000 fans," he said.

"It was a storybook – except for the ending."

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