Mustangs keep winning
and winning and...
By Jon Hureau
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
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,"
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