Refs play key role in
By Amanda Robinson
“GAME’S OVER THIS WAY, REF!” Two members
of Western’s women’s hockey team skate away from
the referee. The Mustangs lost to Waterloo 1-0 in overtime
after taking a controversial penalty.
An unnecessary penalty handed to Lindsey Desjardins in overtime
on Saturday cost the Mustangs' women's hockey team the game, as
they lost a tight game 1-0 to the Waterloo Warriors at Thompson
Desjardins was called for roughing and was sent to serve two minutes
in the penalty box. The costly penalty proved to be the deciding
factor in the game as the Mustangs were down to four players in
Within a few moments the Warriors capitalized on the shorthanded
Mustang team as Warriors forward Kelly Costa scored off a rebound,
giving Waterloo their first win of the season.
Even though the Mustangs could not improve their lackadaisical
play, the poor refereeing had a significant influence on the game's
outcome. There were many times the referee did not blow his whistle,
even as players were being struck in the face and shoved into the
The referee's poor attitude made Waterloo coach Bill Antler erupt
in anger. He feared for his players' safety and felt if the game
continued to be called in this manner, one of his players could
be seriously injured.
Unfortunately, Desjardins received an unfavourable call and thus
handed the Warriors an opportunity to turn the game in their favour.
"Lindsey's a great player -I feel bad for her," Antler
said. "Despite the questionable calls on both teams, the penalty
called [against Desjardins] was a deciding factor in both games,"
Antler added. "We still deserved to win since we were strong
all the way from our end, to the neutral zone and to offense."
Western coach Paul Cook had a different point of view about the
key penalty. "[It was a] bad penalty and a lack of discipline.
We can't afford to be short-handed at such an inopportune time."
Aside from controversial calls, the Mustangs did not play up to
their potential. Western's passing was off and their shots numbered
too few. The Warriors' strong defensive line held the Mustangs to
a meagre 14 shots by preventing rebound opportunities.
"We need to create more offense. We've spent a lot of time
in practice on our defense," said a disappointed Cook.
"We played great defense tonight. We held them to one goal,
but at the same time, we need to generate more offense," Cook
While Cook pointed to areas the Mustangs need to work on, Antler
was able to cite many positives in the game. "Our work ethic
was exceptional and the speed of our forwards were able to trap
the Western defense. A team effort is always the key." Not
all of the Mustangs had a disappointing performance. Mustang goalie
Sarah Pickard held the Warriors scoreless for the entire regulation
time and did her part in forcing overtime. Unfortunately, Pickard
finally succumbed to the swarming offense of the Warriors before
Desjardins was released from the penalty box.
"[Sarah] played an exceptional game," Cook said. Antler
concurred: "I think she should be recognized for the way she
played; she had a great game," he said. Clearly, Pickard's
skill kept the Mustangs from suffering a greater margin of defeat
to the Warriors.
A disappointed Cook summed up the game. "Last weekend we played
really well, but we just couldn't get started [today]. We were constantly
in an uphill battle. We're a really effective team when all the
pieces are working together. The puck just didn't bounce our way."