Volume 95, Issue 65

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

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Full perfection slips away in tie

Yeomen infiltrate sacred home

Full perfection slips away in tie

By Benjamin Mills
Gazette Staff

All good things must end, they say.

The York University Yeomen hockey team played the role of giant killer Saturday night at Thompson Arena when they managed to rally late in the third period to squeak out a tie against the Western Mustangs, putting an end to Western's 19-game winning streak and perfect season.

"We got down early, but just kept battling back," York head coach Graham Wise said.

York was a formidable opponent for the Mustangs, coming out of the gate with guns blazing every period.

"Their forechecking was effective," Western head coach Clarke Singer said. "They came out to play and really took it to us."

As for the end of the Mustangs record-breaking winning streak? Western forward Rob Frost said it was disappointing, but added the team takes it game-by-game and the statistics and records aren't all that important.

"Ties aren't the worst things in the world, but this one certainly gave us a dose of reality," Frost said. "We have got to bounce back."

The tie was a step forward for York, seeing as Western destroyed them in their first meeting in November by a score of 11-1. York coach Graham Wise said his team wanted to send Western as well as the rest of the Ontario University Athletics conference a message.

Singer said his team knew they would be in for a battle despite the lopsided win earlier in the year. "It's always a good game when we play York, they have a very gritty team."

Singer said he could not quite put his finger on the reason for the tie, but his team will look for areas of weakness and keep on moving forward game-by-game.

The Mustangs have split up the deadly duo of Matt Dzieduszycki and Joey Talbot and the result has been a very balanced offensive attack. Forwards like Jeff Martin, Ryan Held, Rob Frost and Justin Davis have emerged as consistent offensive threats.

Aside from being the first regular season game that did not end in a win for Western, Saturday night was also the first time the tandem of Matt Dzieduszycki and Joey Talbot were both held pointless.

"[Dzieduszycki and Talbot] played well, but the team as a whole couldn't get an offensive flow going," Singer said.

For evidence of Western's well-balanced attack, one need only look at a Mustang stat sheet to see that most have at least five points this season even goaltender Jarrett Rose has three assists.

The Mustangs look to bounce back this Thursday when they travel to Guelph to battle the University of Guelph Gryphons. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Dave Van Dyke/Gazette
YA WANT IT? COME AND GET IT! Western defenceman Shawn Thompson and the rest of his mates got all they could handle from a feisty York team. They tied the Mustangs in a hard fought 3-3 battle.

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