Volume 94, Issue 80

Wednesday, February 14, 2001


No seconds left for the Waterloo Warriors

Indoor hockey comes up empty

Western keeps on track in Windsor

Who we'd like to love on V-Day

Sports Briefs

Indoor hockey comes up empty

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

Everyone can have a bad day.

For the Western Mustangs indoor hockey team, it turned out to be a bad couple of days, as the team dropped five games this past weekend in a tournament held in Ottawa. The team remains winless thus far this season.

Despite some hard fought battles over the weekend, Western fell to York 4-2, Waterloo 3-1, Carleton 2-1, Guelph 9-1 and Toronto 8-1.

The weekend was a matter of highs and lows as the team played inconsistently throughout the tournament. This sporadic play would in the end give Western the short end of the stick.

"We were up and down all weekend," said Western co-captain Andrea Huckins. "We'd have a good game and then drop down. The teams we should've been beating, we couldn't. We have a problem finishing off."

The story was almost the opposite for Western's 401 rival, the Waterloo Warriors who came out of the tournament with a 4-1 record, putting the team in a strong position for the coming play-offs, only two weeks away. Waterloo head coach, Sharon Creelman, was happy with her team's play.

"[We] played well, overall we were pretty good," she said on her team's play.

Creelman, was also looking forward to the coming play-offs, as her team is looking to finish within the top three in the division.

After what has been a tough season thus far for the Mustangs, frustration has begun to set in as the team heads into the Ontario University Athletics play-offs where, at best, they can finish fifth in the division

"Our problem is we fall into a mental lapse for a few minutes and teams exploit us," Huckins said. "Because we haven't been successful, when you start getting down it's hard to get yourself out."

These sentiments were echoed by Mustangs co-captain Jenn Kicis, but she said was not certain if there Western's problem could be specified.

"[It's] morale, it is also experience. It was disappointing, but I can't pinpoint one thing," she said.

Kicis also noted, for her team to move on and do well in the play-offs, the Mustangs will have to look ahead, instead of behind.

"We have to move on and put this weekend behind us. We're definitely in a state of frustration – but we have to rally from it."

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