Volume 94, Issue 45
Friday, November 17, 2000
Gryphons depth beats Mustang heart
By Kasia Sarnecki
Heart was not enough for Western's women's hockey team this week.
On Wednesday night, Both Western and Guelph laced up and came out fighting, with Western coming out on the losing side 2-0.
The Mustangs were dominated by Guelph in all three periods, with the Gryphons out-shooting Western 30-15.
Western centre Jordana Jonnes, said after the game the team was not upset with the loss.
"We were happy with everyone's performance and how we played," said Jonnes. "Seeing as how we were playing shorthanded, we were trying to play even harder. We played with a lot of heart."
Injuries continue to plague the women's hockey team, according to Western head coach, Ker Ferguson. "Sickness and injury really have shortened our bench," he said.
The bumps and bruises left Western with only two full lines compared to Guelph's four.
Ferguson feels the team still maintained its competitiveness despite the absences. "We played with a lot of guts and didn't give up one little bit," he said.
Still, the Guelph depth was too much to overcome for the undermanned Mustangs.
"Guelph has so much depth on their team you can see where it starts to take a toll on [our players] and the momentum swings," Ferguson said.
One of Guelph's goals came while they were down on the powerplay, the other off an intercepted pass.
"We just didn't move the puck quickly enough," Ferguson said.
Guelph head coach, Dave deBurger, said he was happy with the win but believed his team should have been playing with more intensity.
"They didn't bring it around until the third period," deBurger said. "Last time they were more hungry."
Renay Taylor and Laura Church were the goal scorers for Guelph, while Sara Holt and Stephanie Schmalz each picked up an assist on the first goal.
"The standout line was the third line," deBurger said. "They played with a lot of intensity and heart. The other girls looked to the third line and saw the intensity and stepped up."
According to Ferguson, the biggest accomplishment for Western in this game was that they were playing better as a team and with a lot more heart. The team has improved greatly since their last match against Guelph, when they lost 10-0 and are still getting better, Ferguson said.
The Mustangs next game will be at home against Brock this coming Wednesday.
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