Volume 94, Issue 37

Friday, November 3, 2000


Now playing: Laurier redemption

Hawks bring the pain seven times

Tea party emerging

Hawks bring the pain seven times

By Daniel Fanaberia
Gazette Writer

The fast flying Laurier Golden Hawks slipped seven goals past Western's women's hockey team and skated away with a 7

-0 victory in Wednesday night hockey action.

Using an aggressive and relentless attack, Laurier dominated the Mustangs squad that has been struggling defensively thus far.

Two time all-Canadian left-winger, Lisa Backman, led the potent Laurier offence with four goals.

"We knew that Western had injury problems and was playing with a short bench," Backman said.

Backman added her team took a while to get into the game, partly because their first line was incohesive – they had only been matched up for a week, but play improved as the game progressed. "We definitely gelled well together and found a great chemistry."

Roly Webster, Laurier's assistant coach, said his team was looking for a shutout and goalie Joyce Torington certainly performed well.

Webster maintained his team was not overly confident, despite their expectations.

"We did not come into the game taking Western lightly because we knew that the club league that they had played in was competitive," he said.

Throughout the game both teams played very physical tossing around the odd body check, which goes against the no-contact rule enforced in Ontario University Athletics women's hockey. Western played tough, they didn't act afraid at all," Webster said.

Western's captain, defenceman Heather Morrisey, said Laurier's experience at the OUA level allowed them to exploit Western's weaknesses. They capitalized on our breakdowns and injuries," Morrisey said.

Mustang goalie, Mindy Drury, had to be taken out during the first period due to a knee injury. Cold off the bench, back-up Sara Pickard struggled to handle the numerous Golden Hawk shots.

Western's leading scorer, centre Cheryne Cruise, was also not able to dress because she had to write an exam.

Western head coach, Ker Ferguson, said mental lapses at the beginning and ending of the periods of the blow-out spelled doom against the Golden Hawks, who are ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Ferguson said he hopes the next few practices will give Western a chance to adjust to their injury plagued roster and prepare for the rest of their season. He pointed out that his team will have to pay close attention to their defensive zone and getting the puck out a lot quicker.

"Laurier moved the puck very well down low where we seemed to have very slow feet," Ferguson said.

Webster left the Mustang women's hockey fans with a prediction that Western will find some wins soon and avenge their loss.

"Let's just say we've got a long memory."

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