Volume 94, Issue 76

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


SPORTS

Ballers shoot down some Hawks

Disappointing win has to do - Mustang men lose their shooting touch

Mustangs thrive as road warriors

Sports Briefs

Mustangs thrive as road warriors

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff

Eighteen, 401, and two were all numbers that factored prominently into the Mustangs hockey games this weekend. Highway 401 was the path they took to score a combined 18 goals against two opponents. By the way, two also represents the collective number of points opponents could muster against Western.

The Mustangs walked away with a huge 11-1 win against Ryerson last Thursday night and followed that up with another road victory with a 7-1 triumph over Brock. While the result against Ryerson may not have been entirely unexpected, spanking the Badgers, one of the best teams in the Ontario University Athletics, right in their own building was quite a feat.

Western head coach, Clarke Singer, admitted he thought the game would be a tighter affair. "I was a little surprised, we got two or three soft goals that their goaltender would probably like to have back and at the same time our goalie [Jarrett Rose] played great. I think it was really more of a 4-2 or 5-3 game to be quite honest."

Western centre Darren Mortier confirmed the score was not entirely a true representation of the play.

"Brock has been one of the hottest teams in the OUA so we expected a play-off style game coming in and that's what we got. Luckily we were able to get some big goals early and were able to pull away," Mortier said.

Before getting the jump on Brock, Western's penalty killing was put the test in an extreme way. Singer said the Mustangs responded admirably.

"We had seven penalty minutes in the first 10 minutes of the game and we were able to get out of it 0-0 and then kind of take it to them in the final 10 minutes of the period," he said.

Brock bench boss, Murray Nystrom, said while he will never be mistaken for a fortune teller, he felt the early impotency of his team's power play had an effect on the game.

"Hockey is a funny game, it really is about momentum. They were able to gather a lot of momentum with their penalty killing. It may have changed the entire course of the game but I don't know – I don't have a crystal ball," he said.

Nystrom went on to say he did not feel as though his team put forth a weak effort. He said Western simply outplayed them on this night.

"I didn't think we played that poorly, I think it was really more a case of Western playing great. They used their speed, they were in our face and that prevented us from getting our speed going. When we did get chances Jarrett Rose stood huge for them," he said.

Western's offensive outburst came in the absence of two of their top scorers. Both Rob Frost and captain Jeff Petrie are on the shelf with injuries. While Singer was no doubt pleased to see his team score without them, he said it was not something that was weighing heavily on his mind.

"That wasn't really a concern of ours, we know we're a team that can score goals. What we are really trying to concentrate on is our defensive play right now," Singer said.

Western will get more opportunities to perfect their play when they duel the University of Windsor in a home and home battle that kicks off Friday night at Thompson Arena.


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