Volume 94, Issue 66
Friday, January 19, 2001
Women's hockey falls to lancers - Strong effort fails to bring in a victory
By Dan Fanaberia
Wednesday night the Western women's hockey team yet again out-played their opponents, but still couldn't come away with a win. In a hard fought battle against the Windsor Lancers, the Mustangs were shut-out by a score of 3-0.
A look into the statistics-sheet reveals more about the game than the scoreboard as Western fired 42 shots, including 21 in the first period, compared to only surrendering 16 against. Head coach Ker Ferguson said the Windsor goalie was the difference.
"Their goalie was phenomenal! We started off by giving her a full view of the puck, but even when we started crashing the net and trying to take away her sightlines, she still stoned us."
Even though playing in the midst of a busy schedule and falling behind by two goals in the first six minutes, the Mustangs kept their energy and intensity which certainly impressed their coach.
"I was very pleased with the effort of the team. They didn't give up at all and played right to the end still trying, going to the net, and giving their heart. This is their third game in six days so full marks to them," he Ferguson.
Windsor coach Perry Wilson said he was happy with his team's performance and commented on what led to the win apart from their goalie.
"We had a great effort against a tough London team. Both of us are fighting for respectability around this league, so it's a nice win to get. Our fore-check was pretty strong, we moved the puck very well, and when we had to, were able to put it in," Wilson said.
Ferguson agreed about the success of the Lancer fore-check as part of the difference, and offered other things that the team needs to work on.
"We had some lapses down low and weren't picking them up in our defensive zone which gave them a couple of opportunities to score. They have a couple of snipers and we didn't take them out as well as we could have. We gave them too much ice and you just can't do that," he said.
The loss now drops the lady Mustangs to 1-12-1 on the season, but first-year winger Jillian Cochrane says the team's spirit is still running high.
"We are really still sticking together through this. The team is just looking at each game as a chance for a win and that's the way you've got to go about it. We're a first year varsity team and these are the things you've got to go through," said Cochrane who was excited about how much the team has improved throughout the year.
"Since we've come back from the break, everyone's put a lot of heart into it these last three games, but we're coming up just short every game. And compared to the first half of the season, we are doing really well it has to come through eventually," Cochrane said.
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