Volume 94, Issue 78

Friday, February 9, 2001


SPORTS

Syncrho shows off - Performance has football flare

Mustangs settling into winning ways

Ladies bounce Windsor

Hockey plays to solid draw

Sports Briefs

Intramural weekly report

Hockey plays to solid draw

By Chris Wakefield
Gazette Staff

They say it takes 60 minutes to win a hockey game, but the Western women's hockey team proved Wednesday night that 20 minutes can at least get you a tie.

Western played their best period of hockey this season, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to eventually skate to a 4-4 draw. The tie gave Western its fourth point of the season.

Entering the third period, Western trailed 3-1 after Windsor dominated the second period. Having only 10 skaters, coach Ker Fergusen said he knew his team would need a quick start in order to overcome fatigue in the third period.

"We're a little concerned about only have 10 skaters, but this core of players really want to play and it will show tonight," the coach commented before the game.

Early in the third, great goals by left winger Lindsey White, her second of the night and third point, and centre Jillian Cochrane tied the score at three. Windsor responded five minutes later, when centre Val Hamel scored her second goal of the night to give Windsor the lead.

Western would not be denied at least one point, as Jillian Cochrane scored her second goal of the night with just over three minutes remaining.

Fergusen said he was very happy with his team's performance on the night.

"Whenever Windsor rang the bell, our girls were quick to respond. We were actually moving and skating faster in the third period."

Although Windsor had an extra forward line, coach Perry Wilson said it was their use of only three defensemen that hurt them in the third.

"We were pretty upbeat heading into the third period, but having a small bench on defence hurt us. We simply ran out of gas near the end," he said.

Both coaches also mentioned that the inconsistency of the referees hurt the flow of the game.

Windsor's other two goals were scored by centre Kathryn Dumouchelle and right wing Stacey Bale. Casey Copeland also had two assists for the Lancers.

Jenn Gaudet had her best game of the season for Western, notching two assists, giving her three points on the season.

"We knew we had to keep shooting on their goal to get scoring chances. That was the key," Gaudet said.

Lindsey White, who scored twice, echoed Gaudet's sentiment. "We played with a lot of heart and we knew we had to keep going strong in the third period to pull it out."

Although Windsor was upset with only a tie in their last game, it seemed as though Western was happy escaping with the draw, having been badly outplayed in the overtime period.

Western raps up their season at home, Friday night versus the Guelph Gryphons at Brookside arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m..


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