Volume 94, Issue 67

Tuesday, January 23, 2001


SPORTS

Waterloo wins OT thriller to snap the streak

Laurier clips Mustangs

Mustang men take it to the hoop

Lady-ballers slaughter Thunderwolves 93 - 44

Laurier clips Mustangs

By Chris Wakefield
Gazette Staff

Having heart and determination are qualities that go a long way in achieving success for a hockey team, but nothing in life, or sport for that matter, is a guarantee.

The Mustang hockey women fell short in their quest to take down the Laurier Golden Hawks who edged Western 3-1 this past Friday. The loss may seem like a setback until you examine previous meeting with Laurier.

Having lost to the Golden Hawks twice this season with a combined score of 14-2, Western coaches Ker Fergusen and Warren Shantz were both a bit hesitant to predict what might unfold.

The one thing that seemed to befuddle Western was Laurier's goaltending decision. "We're little surprised and shocked that [Laurier] would start their third string goalie against us," Shantz said.

Laurier's head coach, Roly Webster, did comment on the goalie situation prior to the game. "We feel this the perfect time for Heidi to get her first start and get some experience." He also was quick to point out that defenceman Alison Goodmanb was a key player for Laurier against Western.

Western came out strong in the first period only to see a questionable goal scored on them, off the skate of Laurier player Jacqueline Grahek, late in the period.

This trend of bad goals continued in the third period when Laurier scored to make it 3-1, this time crashing all of their team into Western Goalie Mindy Drury before forward Jenn Neilson finally shot the puck past the helpless net-minder.

"We had a really hard time tonight with the refs, among other things. But I really think we surprised [Laurier] tonight." Shantz said after the game.

Western assistant captain and forward Kim Wozniak continued the sentiment. "Laurier expected to blow us out tonight and they were even making excuses after the game for only winning by two goals," she said.

Although the score showed an improvement on the part of the lady Mustangs, the reality was that Drury played an absolutely flawless game between the pipes. In the end, Laurier out shot Western 42-8 and out-chanced them 16-2.

Facing the number five nationally ranked Golden Hawks, who boast leading scorer Lisa Backman and defenceman/rookie scorer Alison Goodman, Western effectively held the nation's highest scoring team to a very respectable three goals.

Western will get another crack at the high flying Golden Hawks in a return match held tomorrow at Thompson Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m..


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