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By Chris Wakefield
A 110 per cent effort isn't always enough, just ask the Western women's hockey team.
In front of the largest home crowd of the season, the Mustangs put forth their most dominating performance to date, only to see it end up in a 5-3 loss on Saturday. The loss now drops Western's record to 1-11-1 on the season.
Western's lone win of the season came in November at Queen's. Queen's head coach Jacques Trembley knew they would have to play strong in order to compete.
"After losing to Western before, we were very pretentious heading into the game tonight," he said. "Last time we had a slow start and we knew we could not afford to do that again."
Western head coach Ker Fergusen expected Queen's to come out strong as well. "We knew they'd be up for the game, seeing as how we beat them at their alumni night in front of all their fans. They had something to prove."
Although both Queen's and Western came out high flying, neither team got very many good scoring chances in the first period. The lone Queen's goal came on a weak backhand shot which fooled goalie Melinda Drury.
Queen's came out flat in the second period, although Western's surprising offense could not capitalize on five power plays. They included a two minute two-man advantage where they only got one shot on net.
Fergusen agreed their ability to capitalize on their chances in the second period was key. "We out shot them about 15-2 in the period, but couldn't score. We also realized that we had to keep our shots away from the goalie's glove hand."
Still 1-0 entering the third period, things quickly changed. Between 15:23 of the period and 10:05, the score went from 1-0 to 4-3, still in Queen's favour. Western scored three goals in that span, all to tie the game, only to have Queen's respond with a goal of their own within a minute.
Western goals were scored by defenceman Sarah Skinner, centre Jillian Cochrane and a one-timer by left wing Toni-Anne Sarlo, on a pass by left wing Shannon Beelen, who had two assists on the night.
Queen's added a late goal to make the final outcome.
Golden Gaels defenceman Heather Bracley led her team with three points, a goal and two assists, while forward Kim Bjorklund netted two goals.
Trembley was quick to point out the key to the game: "The key was responding to the goals against us. Usually we sit back and get down, but not tonight. The girls rebounded well and stayed upbeat on the bench."
He also admitted he was worried when Western was pressuring, "When they scored to make it 1-1 we were scared, but after that our girls played well."
Fergusen said almost the same. "We kept upbeat despite Queen's scoring after every goal and we just didn't score on all our chances."
Western defenceman Pippa Gammage said although they had good penalty killing and outplayed Queen's, the team's power play woes ended up haunting them in the end. "We worked hard on our power play in practice, but it was our first game back and things just didn't click for us," she said.
Western's next game is against Winsdor at home.