Volume 95, Issue 57

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
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Ballers hold off hungry Hawks

Frost leaves Windsor in the cold

Frost leaves Windsor in the cold

Mustang hockey team still streaking

By Benjamin Mills
Gazette Staff

Despite his cool-sounding name, Mustang forward Rob Frost was on fire last weekend, chalking up another four points as the Mustangs speared the University of Windsor Lancers in two regular season games.

The indomitable Mustangs extended their regular season winning streak to 16 after stampeding the lowly Lancers on Friday night 7-2 at Thompson Arena and Saturday night in Windsor 8-1.

Friday night's game saw Rob Frost put on a brilliant offensive display, as he led all Mustang scorers with a pair of goals and two assists.

Heading into Friday's game, Frost said Western was looking to solve their consistency issues.

"We're usually guilty of slacking off in the second period," Frost said. "But we played a full 60 minutes tonight and that showed in the final outcome."

Even though the Mustangs began the first period a little flat, head coach Clarke Singer managed to rally the troops and the team responded.

"The boys played with emotion and intensity," Singer said. "I'm very happy with the outcome".

Forward Matt Dzieduszycki had another outstanding game, while goal tender Mike D'Alessandro held his own between the pipes, allowing only two goals. To the netminder's credit, both came while Western had a two player disadvantage.

D'Alessandro made things tougher on himself by getting into penalty trouble in the first period. The netminder took two unsportsmanlike penalties, but managed to get his head back into the game, playing phenomenally for the rest of the match.

"[D'Alessandro] got hit and the goalie is off limits, so one can understand why he got upset," Singer explained

Emotions ran rampant on Friday night. Almost 20 penalties were called in total, including a 10 minute misconduct to Windsor defenceman Michael Henderson for what can only be described as 'potty-mouth.' Apparently, it takes 10 minutes to wash one's mouth out with soap.

"We have to play flawless when we play a team like Western," said Mike Rice, the Lancers' head coach. "We took dumb penalties and we gave Western a lot of breaks."

Windsor managed to turn the heat on in the third period, throwing 20 shots at D'Alessandro – double their shot total for the first two periods combined – but it was far too little, too late.

Western is next in action this Friday, when they make the long pilgrimage to Thunder Bay for a date with the Lakehead Thunderwolves.

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