Volume 95, Issue 33

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
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Running on empty at OUAs

Guelph slaps Western upside the head

Three-peat for ruggers?

'Stangs put the hammer to Windsor

Purple and white success

'Boxfit' the hell out of your worst enemy

Guelph slaps Western upside the head

Women's hockey 0-2

By Pat Kane
Gazette Staff

The Western women's hockey team were their own worst enemy last Sunday, falling to the Guelph Gryphons 6-2 – their second loss in this winless season.

An early lead by the Gryphons put Western on their heels and the Mustangs could not rebound from a 4-1 deficit after the first period.

The Mustangs occupied the penalty box for a good portion of the game, which allowed Guelph to capitalize and secure the win.

Western head coach Ker Ferguson said his club showed great tenacity, but it was difficult for them to remain disciplined for a full 60 minutes.

"Our team played very well at even strength, but our penalties just got the best of us today. We needed to play a full game and I thought we only showed up for two-thirds of it," Ferguson said.

"We showed that we have the ability to stay to our strategies, but we need to gain a strong foundation right away and build on that momentum," he added.

While the Mustangs began to fight back in the later stages, some costly turnovers affected their game.

Matt Prince/Gazette
HAS ANYONE SEEN A LITTLE BLACK RUBBER THINGY? Guelph had their eyes on the prize this Sunday as they pounded Western 6-2

Mustang captain Heather Morrissey said the score did not reflect the efforts of her team.

"I thought we started to gel together and even though we fell short today, I thought the result on the scoreboard told a different story than how we played," Morrissey said.

"We needed to improve on some technicalities in our breakouts and puck control, but [that] is difficult to do when you're playing shorthanded for a large part of the game," she added.

Guelph head coach Chuck White said he was impressed with his team's play.

"Our veterans stepped up and led our team offensively, which is still [composed of] very young [players]. We need some work on our defensive play, but our goaltending really came through for us today," he said.

White said aside from the first period, the Mustangs were on top of their game. "Western had a slow start and could not gain a steady tempo, but I felt that they came on very strong in the third period and took advantage of some of our defensive breakdowns," he said.

"Their goaltending impressed me and they came up with some key saves in the second and third periods. If they maintained the resistance they showed in the second period, this would have been a much different game."

Ferguson said if the Mustangs are to reverse their fortunes, they need to stay out of the penalty box.

"I thought our penalties really hurt us and we need to start making the necessary adjustments so that we can play five-on-five. When we play even strength, we are a solid team, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to play within our system," he said.

The Mustangs will have to keep their skates sharp when they face off against Laurier tonight in Waterloo.

–with files from Amy Bertoni

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