Volume 95, Issue 33

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
 
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SPORTS

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

'Stangs put the hammer to Windsor

This past weekend, the Western men's hockey team left a bitter taste in the mouths of Windsor puck jockeys after sweeping a two game series 5-2 and 11-1, improving their regular season mark to 4-0.

Friday night, at Thompson Arena, the Mustangs came out flying, but lost their momentum as the game wore on, said head coach Clarke Singer.

"We played a great first period, our best of the year, but we got too comfortable with a three goal lead and they started taking it to us," he said. "Slowly they chipped away until it was a very close 3-2 hockey game that could've gone either way."

The tight game on Friday definitely gave the team motivation heading into Sunday's match in Windsor, as they expected another hard-fought battle.

"We went down there very prepped mentally and physically for another difficult game," Clarke said. "We started off very well again, scoring a couple really quick goals, which I think set them back quite a bit. They never really recovered from [those goals] and we just continued to pour it on and steam-rolled them from there."

The team is already ranked second in Canadian Interuniversity Sport rankings, but Clarke said they can't be setting expectations for the end of the year already.

"We're a very young hockey team and the best thing for us is not to be looking very far ahead. There is a lot of depth on this team in all three positions, which is a very nice thing to have, but we've still got a lot of work to do. As an entire team, we have to improve on a day-by-day basis and just see where we go from there," Clarke said.

The Mustangs head to Wilfred Laurier on Wednesday before heading back home for a match-up against Guelph Saturday night. Game-time at Thompson Arena is 7:35 p.m.

–Dave Martin


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