Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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Mustangs keep winning and winning and...

By Jon Hureau
Gazette Writer

Lennie Kwan/Gazette

Friday night's men's hockey game between Western and the University of Waterloo could be compared to the classic confrontation between David and Goliath. Only this time, David got his ass kicked.

The unbeaten Mustangs (13-0) dominated the winless Warriors throughout, securing a 6-1 victory at Thompson Arena.

Fourth-year defenseman Tom Brown started off the scoring parade for Western in the first period, with a shot from the point, his first goal this season.

And to finish the scoring off, forward Brad Yeo racked up his 24th point of the season, scoring a beautiful goal on a breakaway late in the third period.

Western goalie Mike D'Alessandro had a strong game in net, making 27 saves in the victory.

Western was dominant on the power play, constantly blasting shots at Waterloo goalie Jason Willard, who made a couple of fantastic saves. However, Waterloo repeatedly coughed up the puck all over the ice, resulting in numerous scoring chances for the Mustangs.

A couple of minor brawls also erupted in the third period, which Waterloo head coach Dave Cressman said was the result of an "unintentional high stick and Western forward Tim Zafiris standing up for his teammates."

The Mustangs' ferocity, even against the university lightweights, certainly is a credit to Western head coach Clarke Singer, who seems to have an uncanny ability to motivate his players and keep the team grounded.

"We just try to focus on a day at a time. We don't worry about our record and we don't worry about who we're going to play," Singer said. "We're taking things step by step and just trying to come out and play hard every game."

The Mustangs, as of yet, have not fallen into the trappings of overconfidence, which dominant teams so often struggle with. They're extremely focused, both on and off the ice. Brown commented on the prospect of another undefeated season and going for another National Championship.

"It's easier to stay focused when you're playing well. We just set the record last week for [going] the most games undefeated and it's not hard to get up for a game when you know you're trying to set records," he said.

The Mustangs forwards were extremely responsible defensively, consistently taking the body when forechecking, and the squad's thirst for success appeared insatiable on Friday night.

The Mustangs will attempt to notch another victory under their belts when they face off against the Windsor Lancers on Friday night at Thompson Arena.

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