Volume 94, Issue 46

Tuesday, November 21, 2000


SPORTS

Residents prepare to ATTAC life at Western

Female interest dominates ATTAC

Mustangs strike early and often - men's hockey team ups record to 9-0

Mustangs strike early and often - men's hockey team ups record to 9-0

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff



Saturday night, the Western men's hockey team completed a back-to-back weekend at home, with their second win in as many days, improving their regular season record to a perfect 9-0.

After thumping Queen's 9-2 Friday night, Royal Military College was the next victim, going down 8-1 to the Mustang squad.

Western took it to RMC early and often in the first period, netting three goals. But RMC kept the game within reach, trailing 4-1 at the second intermission.

RMC's efforts could not match the strength of Western in the third period as the Mustangs potted another four goals to finish off their eight goal offensive barrage. RMC head coach Andy Scott had nothing but praise for the opposition.

"I give full marks to Western as they are an outstanding team. They are solid top to bottom, having great talent and skill in every position right through their line-up. They worked hard tonight and there's no question that they're going to be there at the end of the year," Scott said.

Western head coach, Clarke Singer, said he was very pleased with the way his team performed and explained what the team planned to do for a victory.

"This was our most complete game of the season. We were solid in all three zones and the power-play and penalty killing were excellent. We talked about before the game that we had to out work RMC. After last year, where they played us to a very close game, we knew their strength was work-ethic and we had to match them. Obviously we've got a talent advantage so if our guys out-worked them, we felt the team would have a good chance at a win," Singer said.

Scott said a 100 per cent effort from his entire team was critical in a game versus Western. He said he did not think his team put in enough effort.

"To stay with a team that out-matches you in size and skill by that much, you need every guy out there to play a perfect game and we were a long way from that tonight. We had a better second period and got a great effort from our goalie – having 80 shots and only letting in eight goals is unbelievable – but we still have to get 60 strong minutes out of every guy," Scott said.

Western was lead by a pair of fourth-year players, captain Jeff Petrie with three goals and an assist and Jeff Attard with a goal and two helpers.

Petrie, the game's first star, said a 9-0 record is no reason to lose humility.

"We're pretty happy with the way things have gone so far as obviously 9-0 is a good start. But we can't get ahead of ourselves right now because it's a long year and we've still got some steps to take to be competitive at the end of the year," he said. "We've got a good set-up and have progress on what we have so far, stuff like limiting mistakes in general, and improving individually, which will make the team better as a whole."

Although looking at the boxscores did not reveal too much competition, Petrie emphasized there was going to be no simple road to success this year.

"The whole division is strong and by no means is any night an easy night within our division. Even with the West division, all eight teams are very competitive. There are no nights off in this league," Petrie said.

The Mustangs face Toronto and Laurier on the road in their next two games with hopes of maintaining their undefeated record.


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