Women get cold treatment on ice
It's not the rim's fault!
The strength of the human heart
Women get cold treatment on ice
By Anthony Lafratta
If persistence and hard work were enough to win hockey games, perhaps the
Western Mustangs women's hockey team wouldn't have suffered their second
lop-sided loss to Toronto last Saturday.
However, other factors came into play as the number two ranked Varsity
Blues, knocked off the Mustangs 9-1 on Saturday at Thompson Arena.
A week earlier, Toronto handed Western an embarrassing 13-0 loss. Mustang
head coach Warren Shantz said, despite Saturday's loss, his team played a
much more competitive game than in their previous contest against Toronto.
"In today's game, we cut down their shots tremendously and I thought they
scored much better quality goals today [than last week]," Shantz said.
Toronto head coach Dan Church said he saw improvements on behalf of the
Mustangs as well.
"[The Mustangs] were working a little bit harder than the game last
Saturday," he said. "Last week, we were really clicking on all cylinders –
the passing was much better. They played a little bit better today and
they were ready for our speed this time."
The Mustangs came up just short in a 7-5 loss on Friday against Queen's,
but came out flat on Saturday against Toronto. Western started slow and
was out shot 21-3 in the first period.
The period was marked by Mustang giveaways and weak defensive zone
coverage. Western found it difficult to move the puck out of their own
zone and were often beaten for possession along the boards, which resulted
in the peppering of goalie Sara Pickard, who did all she could to limit
the first period deficit to 3-0.
In the second period, after a power play goal extended the Toronto lead to
4-0, forward Kristina Rutherford quickly responded for the Mustangs on the
power play to make it 4-1.
After Western got on the board, they began pressuring the Blues in the
neutral zone while generating their own scoring opportunities.
The second period ended with the Mustangs down 5-1, but a strong 20
minutes of play did not go unrecognized by the team's coach.
"I thought the second period was probably our strongest period in our
defensive zone coverage. I think that's a great way to play the number two
nationally ranked team," Shantz said.
After a brief resurgence in the second, Western seemed to experience a
third period letdown, as the Blues pulled away with four unanswered goals.
Toronto continued to maintain pressure in the offensive zone, forcing the
Mustangs to repeatedly ice the puck to relieve the pressure.
The Mustangs were unable to mount much of an attack and were forced to
play dump and chase due to their inability to carry the puck through the
Varsity Blues defensive wall.
"[Toronto] has a very big, very strong defensive line, so to get it passed
them you really have to chip it by them. All of them easily have a couple
inches on us and probably 30-40 pounds, so you have to change [your
offensive approach] with the teams you're playing," said rookie forward
"We're a good defensive team," Church said. "We stand up in the neutral
zone and we create a lot of pressure, so they had a hard time getting
DAVID MEETS GOLIATH - AND THIS TIME, THE BIG FELLA TAKES THE PRIZE. An
imposing University of Toronto player towers over her Western opponent en
route to a Mustang thrashing of 9-1 by the Blues.