Volume 94, Issue 87

Wednesday, March 7, 2001


SPORTS

Heading to Halifax - Men begin championship run

Buzzer sounds on indoor hockey

Badminton team goes all the way - 9-2 victory over U of Ottawa seals the win

Dear Mr. Samaranch...

Buzzer sounds on indoor hockey

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

Every story has an ending, and for Western's indoor hockey the last page was turned this past weekend at the Ontario University Athletics championship.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs' this season did not end with a storybook ending, as the team lost both their games falling to York 2-0 and Queen's 5-2 in what has been a disappointing season for the Mustangs.

Western opened the tournament against York in what was a hard fought game between the two teams. The Mustangs faltered for a few minutes during the game and it cost the team two goals and eventually the game, as York walked away with the win.

"The York game was a really great game. Our problem is playing the weaker teams, we drop down to their level," said Andrea Huckins, co-captain of the Mustangs.

Later in the day Western was hoping to turn the page, perhaps to better things, but their next opponent proved to be a problem as the Mustangs lost to Queen's 5-2, ending their tournament and the season.

"[Queen's] is an in your face team, they're a little more scrappier. It's not something you can practice," Huckins said on the Queen's game.

Western's other co-captain, Jenn Kicis, although disappointed over her team's final finish, said she had no regrets over what happened on the weekend.

"[We had] a couple of mental lapses and they scored some goals they shouldn't have. It was a good finish and I think we're still respected," Kicis said.

Kicis went on to state that despite everything she was happy that her team stuck together through the good times and the bad, and thought maybe her team did not reach it's full potential during the season.

"We did everything as a team. It was just an overall effort," Kicis said. "Mental lapses killed us, we could have done a little bit better score wise, [I think] we held back a little bit,"

Down the road in Waterloo, the story had a much happier ending for the Warriors who managed to come away winning the tournament to become OUA champions.

"We won for the first time, this was our best weekend of the year. All the kids played well," said Waterloo head coach, Sharon Creelman.

Creelman pointed to her team's defensive prowess as the major reason for her team's success throughout the tournament.

"Defensively we were pretty solid, and the kids who scored during the season kept scoring," she said. "We were probably the best defensive team there."

With the season now complete, both Huckins and Kicis will be walking into the sunset, as both are moving on from Western to bigger and better things.

Huckins was not looking forward to leaving her Western career behind.

"[It's] depressing," she said. "It was hard to get through the last five minutes of the game. It will be hard to leave the team," she said.

These were sentiments echoed by Kicis. "I'm sad – its been a long but good five years. It's gone by quickly. I still have fond memories.


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