Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
 
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SPORTS

Mustangs light up Waterloo and remain unbeaten

Mustangs sink Lakehead

"Somewhere over the rainbow..."

OUA bronze for Mustangs

Western curlers let rocks fly

Skaters salchow to second

Acrobatics on display

Mustangs light up Waterloo and remain unbeaten

By Pat Kane
Gazette Staff


The Mustang men's hockey team continue to roll on with their perfect season flogging the Waterloo Warriors 7-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Western goalie Mike D'Allessandro and forward Matt Dzieduszycki led the nationally number one ranked Mustangs to their eleventh straight win of the season.

Dzieduszycki led the Mustang in scoring, notching three markers for the home squad, while Tim Zafiris, Jason Davies and Ryan Held rounded out the scoring for Western. First-year netminder D'Alessandro was solid between the pipes and turned away everything that came his way.

With tonnes of Ontario Hockey League and Junior B experience under their collective belt, the Mustangs were ready for an intense match with the Warriors.

"We knew this was going to be an emotional game because of the history between these two schools and the rivalry involved," Dzieduszycki said.

"We're a run and gun team. We just played our game and waited to see if Waterloo could keep up with us," he added.

While there appeared to be no problem putting numbers up on the scoreboard, the Mustangs found their groove in the defensive zone and transition game.

According to Western head coach Clarke Singer, strong penalty killing and tight defense was an important part of the Mustang's success.

"We got into some early penalty trouble and found it difficult to get anything started. Our defensive core was really steady though and we began to settle down and play our game by the end of the first period," Singer said.

The shutout was D'Alessandro's second of the season, while Dzieduszycki's four points give him a league leading 24 points this season.

The Mustangs have outscored their opponents to date, 70 to13.

Mustang players Joe Talbot, Chris Haskett and injured starting goalie, Jarrett Rose have made huge contributions to the team's success, Singer added.

"You have to give credit to our entire team. We are playing well no matter who is [in net] and guys like Haskett, Talbot and Rose are doing some great things for us," Singer said.

Waterloo head coach Dave Cressman summed up the game in no uncertain terms.

"We were beat today, plain and simple," Cressman said.

The Waterloo bench boss noted the Mustangs are the highest-rated hockey team in the country and attempting to come into Thompson Arena and knock them off was a tall order.

"Western is the number one ranked team in the country and it would be really hard to upset them," he said. "If we focus on our game and not worry too much about our opponent, I think we'll do alright in the second half of the season."

As for the Mustangs, they continue to approach this season one game at a time.

Their next challenge comes in the form of Brock, this Friday. With all the success the Mustangs have experienced in the first half of this season, it might be easy to let one game slip by, but Singer said his team wants to remain focused and enter the Christmas break on a high.

"Brock has a good club and we're hoping to end the first half on a positive note," Singer said.

"We have to be looking ahead and not on what we've done in the past. If we improve in each game, I think we'll be in good shape," he added.

Mustangs Hockey Schedule

Friday Nov 30 @ Brock
Saturday Dec 29 - Tuesday Jan 1 @ Halifax tournament
Friday Jan 4 vs. Waterloo
Sunday Jan 6 @ Waterloo
Friday Jan 11 vs. Windsor
Saturday Jan 12 @ Windsor




To Contact The Sports Department:
gazette.sports@uwo.ca

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