Volume 93, Issue 81

Friday, March 3, 2000


SPORTS

Last minute heroics lock win

Western vs. McMaster: a classic confrontation

Millennium Moment

Last minute heroics lock win




Neil Malhotra/Gazette
HEY, DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE PUCK IS? Western's hockey team scored the winning goal in the dying seconds of the third period last night. Game two is tonight at Thompson Arena.




By Patrick Kane
Gazette Writer

It only took one shot on net for Western's hockey team to win the game Wednesday night.

In a thrilling playoff match against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, the Mustangs managed to emerge with a 1-0 win and a 1-0 series lead in the best of three Ontario University Athletics Far West division finals.

Western dominated the boards, crashed the net and peppered Laurier goaltender Frank Ivankovic for a full 59 minutes. Then, with 44 seconds left in the third period, Western defenceman Ryan McKie tipped in a bullet shot from forward Rob Frost to secure the win.

"We played a complete game. We outshot [Laurier] and we out-chanced them," said Western head coach Clarke Singer. "Our team's success comes from puck pressure – we have to be where the puck is at all times."

Although the Mustangs came out on top, Singer was quick to acknowledge it was anyone's game.

"The game could have went either way, really. Laurier competed hard. They have a strong club and could have had that late goal, too."

Singer's praise for Laurier's gutsy play was not shared by Golden Hawks head coach Tony Martindale. He said he was disappointed in his team's effort and expected a better tempo for the next game.

"We just never had our legs out there. We looked lazy, tired – we just were not into it for most of the game," he said. "The only bright spot was our goaltender, Ivankovic. He kept us in the game."

Martindale commended Western on their level of play and defence. "Western played well. It's difficult to get things going when a tight checking squad plays with so much pressure and forechecks hard."

Western captain and centre Jeff Petrie said the key for Western was to concentrate on their goal. "We basically stuck to our game plan and we're happy with the result. All players on the ice have to contribute in every aspect of the game – the forwards have to play defence and the defence has to be offensive, too."

Petrie praised Western's goalie, C.J. Denomme, for the shutout and his leadership on the ice.

When asked what his team must do to take the series and earn a trip to the OUA championships, Petrie said they had to focus on eliminating Laurier before moving forward.

"[Laurier's] back is against the wall right now. They're going to come out hard next game and we have to focus on that right now," he said.

"There is no reason why we can't advance, but we have to take care of the little things and stick to our game plan in order for us to be successful."

The Mustangs will try to put Laurier in the Thompson Arena dustbin tonight at 7:30 p.m.. If the Golden Hawks win, game three will be played Sunday at 7:35 p.m.. If Western wins either game, they advance to the OUA finals March 11 in Waterloo.


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