Volume 95, Issue 28

Tuesday, October 23, 2001
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Western steps into high gear

Layin' the spike down


Western sinks Lakehead's hopes

Weekend rundown

Western sinks Lakehead's hopes

Ice is nice for the Mustang hockey men

By Ben Mills
Gazette Writer

Thunderwolves? More like Thunderpups.

The Western Mustangs men's hockey team kicked-off their season with a pair of poundings by scores of 7-2 on Friday night and 8-2 on Saturday night, both over the Lakehead Thunderwolves..

"Experience plays a factor when you're up against a team like Western," said Doug Colbon, assistant coach of the Lakehead Thunderwolves following Saturday's game. Lakehead is an expansion team this year, with a line-up consisting of only three players with Canadian Hockey League experience, compared to Western who has 16 ex-CHL players.

After coming off an impressive 3-1 win in the pre-season against the defending CIS champions, the Université de Québec a Trois-Rivieres Patriotes, Lakehead appeared to be a force to be reckoned with. This was definitely not the case, this weekend.

"We played with heart, so we lost with some dignity," said Colbon.

"Lakehead is a hard working team," added Jeff Martin, a left winger for the Mustangs.

Martin and fellow Mustang forward Joe Talbot, stole the show with a combined total of 10 points. "We came out strong in the first, which was our goal for the game," Martin said. The left-winger had four goals in the game, three of which came in the first period alone.

"The game was won and lost in the first period," said Clarke Singer, head coach of the Mustangs. "It was a solid team effort, but the line of Martin, Talbot and Matt Dzieduszycki played exceptionally well."

First-year forward Joe Talbot played the roll of feed man, compiling five assists and one goal. Last year, he was the captain of the OHL champion Ottawa '67s, where he played four outstanding years under legendary head coach Brian Kilrea.

The Lakehead players looked like chickens with their heads cut off when trying to match skill with the tandem of Talbot and Martin.

"Western is a good team – they've won back-to-back OUA Championships," said Colbon. "Western is one of the top teams, if not the top team in the OUA this year."

Western came off an impressive pre-season, posting a 3-1-1 record, with their only loss coming at the hands of Providence College of the NCAA. They ended the exhibition-season on a high note winning the McGill Invitational Tournament and have now started the regular season with back-to-back home wins against Lakehead.

"This is a good start to the season," said Martin. "We accomplished our goals for the weekend, and now we have to take the positives and the negatives from these games and work from there."

Western's next game is on Oct. 26 at home against the University of Windsor Lancers. Game-time is set for 7:35 p.m.

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