Volume 94, Issue 99
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
One and done - dunce cap woes kill hope
Dave Van Dyck/Gazette
ONE SAVE, BUT NOT ENOUGH. Despite Mustang goalie Jarret Rose's strong weekend performance, penalties cost Western a rematch against OUA, and now CIAU champions, UQTR.
By John Dinner
Thursday night the Mustang men's hockey team were given some lemons, and instead of making lemonade, they threw the lemons at the referee.
Taking on the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the opening game of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union hockey championships, the Mustangs allowed inconsistent refereeing to get under their skin, disrupting their focus so much they eventually lost the game 5-2.
An astounding 16 minor penalties, one major, six misconducts and one game misconduct brought the Mustangs' blood to a boil and by the third period, the game had broken down into a 'he said, she said' contest with the referee having the last say in all arguments.
"It was pretty frustrating for us. We couldn't play the style of game we were used to," said Western head coach Clarke Singer. "But at the same time, we're pretty disappointed with our play overall and of course our actions on the ice."
The Mustangs were not the only team plagued by a parade to the penalty box, as the X-Men also had 16 minors called on them, but managed to escape with only one game misconduct. In the end it was their ability to hold their frustration in check that allowed the X-Men to triumph.
"They are obviously a great team, very skilled and talented," Singer said. "They did a good job of holding their emotions in check."
Western fell behind 2-0 in the first period and their game seemed to unravel at that point. It was 4-0 in the third before the Mustangs finally got on the board as forward Rob Frost put home a loose puck on the power play. Frost's linemate, Justin Davis, added another goal late in the third with the game already decided.
St. FX opened the scoring early in the first period off the stick of forward Steve Nimigon, with forward Patrick Grandmaitre making it 2-0 before the period expired. Forward Paul Andre scored the lone second period goal on the power play, and defenceman Carl Beaudoin made it 4-0 early in the third period before Western was able to get on the board. Forward Guy Lorauger scored the fifth and final St. FX goal, the second power play goal of the game.
"The game was real edgy, so we wanted to keep our play simple," said X-Men captain Beaudoin. "We got some lucky bounces to put [Western] in a hole. It was a tough first period and with us coming out on top 2-0 was a huge boost."
With top Canadian university hockey talent being showcased in Waterloo, it became unfortunate that talk after the game focused on the refereeing. The tournament's first game between the UQTR Patriotes and the St. Thomas Tommies, which the Patriotes won 6-1, was marred by penalties as well.
"For those of you not familiar with [CIAU hockey], this was not our game," said X-Men head coach Dan Flynn. "This game had no flow. The university game is physical and hard hitting with lots of flow."
For the Mustangs, they had to immediately forget about the disappointment and frustration because they had to hit the ice less than 24 hours later against two time defending champions and the number one ranked Alberta Golden Bears.
"We worked hard tonight but we let our emotions get the better of us," Singer said. "We are going to have to regroup and play much better."
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