Volume 94, Issue 27

Wednesday, October 18, 2000


Soccer lads find scoring touch

Lady Mustangs clean up at meet

Water polo results

Mustangs lose in final

Mustangs lose in final

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff

In their last tune-up tournament before regular season play, the Mustang hockey team made their way to the finals before falling victim to McGill.

Of course since this was exhibition play, the Mustangs did not pack their line-up with all the names and faces that will start the season. Over the course of the three games, two of which were wins, Western head coach Clarke Singer was happy with the play of those men who did dress.

"I thought we had a good nine period effort. This being our last exhibition tournament we wanted to play well. Even in the game we lost to McGill, we out-shot them," he said.

Singer went on to say it will be a difficult week making the final decisions regarding who stays and who goes.

"We still have some very tough decisions to make, not all of our top players played," he said.

Western advanced to the final by beating their provincial rival the Waterloo Warriors. Dave Cressman, head coach for the Waterloo squad, said there is no secret why Western was able to defeat the Warriors.

"They're bigger, stronger and faster than us. I was very impressed by Western, it will be the goal of every team in the [Ontario University Athletic association] to beat them this season," he said.

The game's high intensity level was what stood out to Western defenceman Matt Munro.

According to both Singer and Munro, one of Western's biggest strengths is their speed. Munro noted that once they made it to the final Western found themselves up against another speedy, yet not unbeatable opponent.

"McGill was a good skating, shifty club. Period for period we were just as good, but we had a couple of poor plays on defence, myself in particular," Munro said.

One word that inevitably comes up when discussing the Western squad is depth. Singer cited this as one of the biggest strengths of the Mustangs.

"We have great depth with five lines and eight strong defensemen. We are going to be a team that scores goals, we have good top-end talent," Singer said.

Munro echoed Singer's sentiments about offense not being a concern. He also pointed to the slew of returning players as an advantage for the Mustangs.

"We have a good crop of returnees. Scoring won't be a problem, we have a high powered offence and at least three strong lines Clarke can count on," he said.

Singer noted that as strong as the team looks, there will be areas to work on when the season starts, "We want to improve our defensive play. We also need to work on our special teams, both the power play and the penalty killing."

The first obstacle for Western is the Guelph Gryphons who host the Mustangs tomorrow.

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