Volume 95, Issue 44
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Multiple wins put Western on cloud nine
Men's hockey team keeps on rolling
By Ben Mills
The Royal Military College Paladins' "trap-style" defense seemed more like a trap-door Friday, as the Western Mustangs men's hockey team peppered RMC goaltender Aaron Courtney with a whopping 52 shots on route to a 3-1 win.
"[Courtney] kept us in the game," RMC head coach Kelly Nobes said. While the shots on goal might not support his argument, he felt his team did a good job of shutting down Western's artillery, Nobes said.
"Western is very skilled, but our trap-style defence seemed to keep them in check," Nobes said.
The Paladins' coach was clearly proud of his team's effort. "We turned a lot of heads," he said.
Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer said that while his team can expect to see opponents sit back and defend with the trap in the future, it was futile on this night.
"Other teams may try to use the trap when playing us in the future, but clearly it didn't work on this occasion," Singer said
However, Singer did take notice of Courtney's play. "I was impressed with their play, their goaltender kept them in it," he said.
Western was forced to create rushes on the outside rather than up the middle, but this was not a problem for the Mustangs. "You can't play run and gun with us our speed will kill you," Western centre Matt Dzieduszycki said.
It was Dzieduszycki who put the nail in the coffin for RMC, when he scored late in the third, putting Western up 3-1 and shattering RMC's hopes of a comeback.
Ontario University Athletics points leader Joe Talbot was held pointless on the night, but that allowed other players to step up and create chances.
"Everybody is doing their jobs. If we stick to the team philosophy, we will win," Singer said.
So far this season every Mustang skater has a point.
On top of being held pointless, Talbot was also the victim of a brutal hit from behind that caused him to slide head-first into the boards. No penalty was called, but Western was given a double-minor penalty when Dzieduszycki took exception to the hit and tried to pummel RMC forward Eric Rheaume before the referees stepped in and broke it up.
Dzieduszycki defended his actions. "Hitting from behind is the most cowardly act in hockey and it will not be tolerated," he said. "You gotta stick up for your team."
The Mustangs have now opened up the season with a perfect 9-0-0 record after their weekend wins against RMC and Queen's on Friday night. Western will now travel to Toronto to duel with the Varsity Blues on Thursday.
SO MAN, DO YOU REALLY GET TO MAKE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS UP THERE? Western Mustangs centre Jeff Hare prepares for the draw against the RMC Paladins.
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