Volume 94, Issue 60

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


SPORTS

UW trackster breaks record - Western hosts annual Don Wright meet

Volleyball team breaks the badgers

Early goals spark Mustang victory

Early goals spark Mustang victory



By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff



For the Mustang men's hockey team it was lucky number 13 – wins that is – meaning Western started off the second half right where they left off, remaining undefeated in regular season play.

Western traveled to Windsor and beat the Lancers 3-2 in a hard fought battle. The Mustangs jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period on the strength of two goals by Chris Hare before Windsor came back to close the gap.

The game was a much tighter affair than the 11-2 blasting Western laid on Windsor earlier in the season. Western coach Clarke Singer said he was not at all surprised by the close game the two teams played.

"We expect close games all the way through here in the second half. There won't be any soft touches," he said.

Windsor's bench boss, Mike Rice, said another factor that contributed to his team closing the spread was the fact that they had an opportunity to learn from their mistakes in the first game. He noted that his club has taken a definite step forward from the last time the two clubs battled.

"I think we have progressed a lot. One big factor when we played Western the first time was that we had not seen them, we had not scouted them and we could only go on what we knew from last year. This time we had a chance to look at some game tape. Now we have two game tapes and we should be even better prepared next time," he said.

Singer added that despite the Windsor comeback, Western never lost control of the game. "I think we did a good job of controlling the tempo throughout the game. Their goalie was exceptional, he made some great saves in the second and third period."

"He played extremely well," agreed Rice, who went on to say the Mustangs may have been fortunate to net their first two goals, but also said his team had to give it their all to keep pace.

"I thought they got a couple of lucky bounces on the first two goals, those are saves our goalie usually makes, but at the same time we had to fight, claw and scratch for everything we got," Rice said.

Rice also said he thought his team had a strong third period, pointing out that by his count they outshot the Mustangs 12-4.

Western captain Jeff Petrie said the team can expect more tough battles to come in the second half. He also said he expected Windsor to be tough because they seem to rise to the occasion when they play in front of their home fans.

"Teams have seen us now and they have made some adjustments. Windsor also play a lot tougher in their own barn," he said.

Getting out to the early lead certainly didn't hurt the Mustangs. Petrie said jumping on teams early can really play into the hands of the Western team.

"It's a big advantage. If a team gets the feeling they are behind the eight ball right from the start and that is something we can exploit, then it is all the better," he said.

Singer said being in a tight game could prove to be advantageous for his team with the play-offs on the horizon. "We need to play in pressure situations so we can refine the little things and understand the importance of them. We haven't been in too many situations like that this year."


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