Volume 94, Issue 43
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000
First win for women's hockey
HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE. The Western women's hockey team shook off the competition, winning 3-1 in weekend action.
By Robert Wolfson
Strong leadership and perseverance helped overcome a shortage of players for Western's women's hockey team, as they scored their first win of the season by defeating Queen's 3-1 on Saturday leaving their record at 1-6-1.
Forward Kim Wozniak, alternate captain of the team, credited a strong offensive jolt in the second period, combined with a third period defensive stronghold, as the keys to victory.
"We scored all three of our goals in the second period," Wozniak said. "We badly needed them in order to hold off a determined Queen's team in the third period. We played sharp in the third period we received no penalties, caused few turnovers and skated extremely well throughout the game."
Queen's head coach, Diana Drury, said she felt goaltending made a difference in the outcome of the match. "Queen's outshot Western by a two to one margin. The Western goaltender really played sharp all game. Next time we play, we have to take better quality shots to beat her," she said.
Ker Ferguson, coach of the Western women's hockey team, seemed relieved the scoreboard finally favoured Western for a change.
"The past couple of games, we've played just as well as our opponents, but we had some unlucky breaks, including some goals being called back," he said. "We had a tough schedule early on this season, but we are looking to garner a few more points in these upcoming games."
Ferguson identified injuries as the key factor to the team's lacklustre performances to date. "The injury bug has bitten us recently. One-third of our roster has been injured, so we can't form consistent lines. The team has been playing with only two forward lines and three defencemen," he said.
Drury said she sees the traditional Western/Queen's developing in hockey as well. "Two Canadian 'Ivy League' equivalent schools like Queen's and Western have rivalries in all competitive areas," she said. "Women's hockey is definitely emerging as a new one."
The Western women's hockey team is gearing up to play at home against Guelph next on Nov. 15. The last time Western faced Guelph, the Gryphons dominated by a margin of 10-0.
Wozniak said she was watching from the stands, due to a first degree separated left shoulder and felt that, contrary to what the score dictated, Western played a decent game against the Gryphons.
"In the first and second period, we played equal calibre hockey to Guelph. In the third period, we self-destructed. Generally though, we have trouble putting pucks into the net against Guelph."
Wozniak said she feels confident history will not repeat itself on Wednesday when Guelph arrives at Thompson Arena.
"We played great in the third period on Saturday, so that was definitely a confidence booster for us," Wozniak said.
"Those were our two biggest problems in the past, so if Guelph thinks they can just waltz into town and grab a 'gimme' win, they've got something else coming to them," she added.
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