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Friday, February 7, 2003

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Lancers shutout struggling Mustangs

By Deven Persaud
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I'M GONNA LET IT SHINE. A Western women's hockey player streaks to the net during a 3-0 loss to Windsor.

It was a cold Wednesday night at Thompson Arena, where the Western Mustangs women's hockey team and the Windsor Lancers were preparing for a battle of gargantuan proportions, to be played out on a sheet of ice. Unfortunately, the Mustangs slipped.

From the first drop of the puck, Windsor was all over Western, like Fat Bastard at a buffet table, shutting out the Mustangs 3-0.

"We came out strong, lapsed for awhile, but then we bounced back into it," said Windsor assistant coach Keith Bradley.

Not to take anything away from the Windsor attack, Western, for the most part, looked slower than George W. pronouncing "Afghanistan." It was clearly evident Windsor was in second place and Western was in second-last place in the OUA West for good reason.

Windsor opened the scoring at 12:55 of the first on a wicked wrist shot by Lyndsey Desjardins. Western almost tied it up in the second, but Krissie Rutherford was stoned colder than a computer geek on prom night by Lancer goalie Renee Laframboise.

Windsor's lead grew at 2:26 of the third period, when the puck took a bad bounce off the boards and was corralled by Windsor's Jacklyn Rumble, who quickly tucked it in the corner of the net. Suzanne Scott of the Lancer's would add the third goal at 11:42 of the third to eradicate the last of Western's hopes.

"Windsor's having a breakout year. They're playing with heart and putting on a lot of pressure," said Mustangs coach Warren Shantz after the game. "It's just one of those nights. We could've played a lot better."

Mustangs forward Kristi Mehisto echoed Shantz thoughts. "We were not our usual team. I don't think anyone played their best game tonight," Mehisto said.

Mehisto is a rookie on an exceptionally young Mustangs team. She's typically strong on the forecheck and really good along the boards. Combine that with a blistering slap shot, and you've got a regular Alexander Mogilny… who's female… and Canadian.

She knows that, as a rookie, you are subjected to many things and you have to pay your dues. "[Shantz] knows I can handle the role I'm given, whether I'm playing 45 minutes a game or playing four minutes," she said.

With Western still experiencing growing pains, Mehisto said it's been a long season.

"We haven't had the greatest season, but the girls make it bearable," Mehisto said about the character of her teammates. "Honestly, those girls are some of the greatest girls I've ever played with."

The Mustangs will try and regroup when they play the University of Guelph Gryphons on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Thompson Arena.

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