Volume 94, Issue 99

Tuesday, March 27, 2001


SPORTS

One and done - dunce cap woes kill hope

Rose last man standing in final shootout

CIAU misses another opportunity

Abe gets honest-to-goodness honour

Rose last man standing in final shootout

By John Dinner
Gazette Staff

Redemption is a beautiful thing. For the number four ranked Western Mustangs hockey team, this held especially true Friday afternoon as they took on the Alberta Golden Bears.

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of St. Francis Xavier X-men, the Mustangs showed up at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium with some lingering frustration and something to prove. This attitude led to the 5-3 defeat of the Golden Bears, a team with only one loss during the entire season heading into the University Cup.

"We're obviously a lot happier with our play [Friday afternoon]. That was more our hockey team," said Mustang head coach Clarke Singer. "I'm very proud with our response. Twenty bodies came and gave everything they had."

Everything they had still may not have been enough had it not been for the outstanding play of goaltender Jarrett Rose. Rose coming off a 25 save performance against the X-men, stepped up his play Friday afternoon stopping 42 of 45 shots, many being of the acrobatic variety.

"I don't want to say goaltending was the difference because that implies that [Alberta netminder Clayton] Pool didn't play well and that's not the case," said Alberta head coach Rob Daum. "Jarrett, though did play extremely well. He made the tough saves when needed, and kept us out of the game."

"This was one of Jarrett's top games for us," Singer said. "He played the puck well and really communicated. Definetely one of his top three games."

In a typical athlete's response to a stellar game, Rose was quick to point out that it was a team effort. "We were all very disappointed with the loss [Thursday night]. We knew we were going to have to lay our bodies on the line. We wanted this win for each other," Rose said. "It was another learning experience for our team. We learned what it takes to win at this level."

The win was the first for the Mustang hockey program at the University Cup since 1987, and was only the second loss of the entire year for the number one ranked Alberta Golden Bears.

The game did look like it was going to continue the trend from Thursday night as 11 minor penalties were called in the first two periods. It wasn't until the third period when two of the nation's top teams could showcase their talents, with only one penalty the whole period.

"[Thursday night's] game was not CIAU hockey. I [have] never seen a game officiated like that in my entire life," Singer said. "[This afternoon's] game was more like it. Fast paced, physical hockey that is more in line with the style of hockey throughout the CIAU."

Scoring for the Mustangs were a trio of Jeff's; Attard, Petrie and Hare, along with markers from forward Jack Hardill and Kelly Paddon. With the Mustangs needing to win by three to have any mathematical shot at advancing to the final, the Mustangs continued to apply pressure right down to the end, but were unable to get that sixth goal.

"It's tough, but we have to look at it positively," said Mustang captain Petrie. "It was the first win for the program at the nationals in almost 15 years and we had a big impact on the tournament beating the number one team in the country."


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