Mustangs trounce Windsor
in home opener
Rice makes early waves with four
By Ian Denomme
YOU BROKE MY GLASSES! A melee on the boards during the men’s
hockey game snares the referee (who happens to know our Managing
Editor, Jordan Bell). The Mustangs triumphed over the Windsor
The Western Mustangs men's hockey team scored early and often in
their home opener against Windsor on Saturday night at Thompson
Their relentless offensive attack led them to a 9-4 victory over
the Lancers and improved their record to 2-0.
Mike Rice opened the scoring for Western just 21 seconds into the
game and Jamie Chamberlain quickly added another 19 seconds later.
With two goals on two shots 40 seconds into the game, the Mustangs
never looked back.
Western took a 3-1 lead into the second period after a short-handed
goal by Windsor and a power play goal by rookie Mike Stathopoulos
in the last minute of play.
Windsor head coach Vern Stenlund attributed his teams slow start
to their inexperience.
"This was the first game for 11 rookies on our team,"
Stenlund said. "In the first game you're a little over stimulated
and you squeeze the stick too hard. It takes time for guys to settle
down." Stathopoulos added another in the first minute of the
second period and Brad Yeo scored less than a minute later. The
goals kept coming for the Mustangs: Chris Haskett made a beautiful
move on the defender to set up Chris Rowan and give Western a 6-1
Another rookie, Rice, added his second and third goals 20 seconds
apart to give the Mustangs a comfortable 8-1 lead heading into the
"The first 40 minutes we executed really well," said
Western head coach Clarke Singer. "We went hard at them and
pressured their [defense]. We started well from the first shift."
Western again came out of the gates quickly as Rice added his fourth
goal of the night 40 seconds into the third period. Following that
goal, Western got into penalty trouble as Chris Eade was given a
five minute major for tripping.
Windsor scored three goals on five minute power plays, two of which
were on two-man advantages. Despite the late burst from the Lancers,
the outcome was never in doubt as Western went on to the easy victory.
"In the third period we got into penalty trouble and let down
a bit. But overall we did what we wanted," Singer said.
Despite the penalty trouble and power play goals, Singer said he
wasn't concerned about the teams discipline.
"We've always working on our penalty killing and we need to
tighten it up for Lakehead. But the penalties we took were not undisciplined
-they were just a result of working hard," Singer said.
Although they lost, Stenlund saw some positives for his young,
"We got into deep trouble early, but unlike other teams we
didn't fold the tent," Stenlund said. "We fought back.
It was a good game to get experience, Western has a tremendous program
and has a veteran team." The offensive onslaught gave many
Western players a chance to get on the score sheet. Twelve different
players had a point for the Mustangs and they out-shot Windsor 40-17.
Rice also had an assist to go along with his four goals, Justin
Davis had five assists and Stathopoulos had two goals and two assists.
Having the two rookies -Rice and Stathopoulos- contribute so early
will be a huge benefit for the Mustangs who lost some key offensive
"We don't expect them to have five point games all the time,"
Singer said. "But we do expect their line to be good."
The Mustangs host the Lakehead Thunderwolves, their bitter arch-rival
on Fri., Oct. 31 and Sat., Nov. 1 at Thompson Arena. The games can
be heard live on CHRW 94.9 FM.