Volume 95, Issue 74

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
 

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SPORTS

Purple people eaters keep rolling along

Sports Briefs

Purple people eaters keep rolling along

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff


Allen Chen/Gazette
HOCKEY - IT'S AN ASS-WHACKING GOOD TIME. The Western men showed their good side to the Waterloo Warriors on their way to an OUA regular season win. What else is new?


Anyone who spent last weekend in Waterloo may have noticed patches of black and yellow splattered around town, following a visit from Western's powerful purple zamboni.

Extending their regular season unbeaten streak to 23 games, the Western men's hockey team (21-0-2) crushed the lowly Warriors 9-3 Friday night.

Leading the Mustangs' attack were Jeff Martin and Darren Mortier, who respectively had their second and third hat tricks of the year.

Western head coach Clarke Singer said he was pleased his team didn't overlook their opponent and came out gunning from the get-go.

"This game definitely could've been taken lightly, but the guys were focused and came out strong. We were up 2-0 after about five minutes, which was a great start for us and we kept on going, playing very consistent throughout the entire game," Singer said.

Waterloo head coach Dave Cressman said his team used the game to implement a new style for his team, which he said worked well at some points.

"We tried using a couple different systems that we hadn't worked on much and they worked quite effectively when they were executed right."

The problem for Cressman was that they weren't performed correctly and, too often, cost his team.

"I can't really fault the guys they were trying hard but just weren't comfortable with the changes. But a team like us cannot afford to give up odd man rushes as [Western] will score every time," Cressman said.

Singer noted the different look from the Warriors and was impressed that his players weren't at all fazed.

"Waterloo tried a couple things against us such as the neutral zone trap and playing really physical. We were able to break the trap and didn't respond to the extra physical play, which I was quite pleased with," he said.

After the game, Western assistant coach Sam Semple explained the team's adjustment to the trap.

"We went to a dump-and-chase style of game that let us bang and crash more in their end," Semple said.

Cressman noted the one positive for his team was being able to score three goals against a normally stifling Mustang defence, a point Singer mentioned when discussing what his team will be working on this week.

"Tightening up our defence, getting off to a good start and having strong special teams play are the three things we'll be focusing on heading into our regular season finale at Ryerson on Thursday," Singer said.

"They are in a fight for home ice in the playoffs right now, so we know they'll come out flying and having two of the top scorers in the OUA makes them quite a threat to us."


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