Mustangs hang on
By Ian Denomme
Aaron Lynett /Gazette
MOUNTED BY A LION. Mustang Justin Davis eludes the Sigfried
and Royish move of a frisky York skater.
Tim Zafiris has a knack for scoring big goals.
Of his six goals this year, three of them are of the game winning
variety. He added to that stat on Friday night by scoring a late
third period power play goal during the Mustang hockey men’s
4-3 victory over York University.
The goal was even more significant since Western went into the
third period with a 3-1 lead, but saw it evaporate within a five
Western lost to York on Nov. 6, making the win a little special.
“It’s nice to beat them, but no more important,” Zafiris
said. “We’ve got five games remaining and we want to
win them all and get first place.”
Western took the lead five minutes into the first period on a
goal by right wing forward Jamie Chamberlain. Lion’s centre
Shane Nash replied midway through the first to tie the game.
The Mustangs appeared to take control of the game in the second
period after Ryan Hare scored just over a minute into the period,
then Chamberlain added his second of the game, and 12th of the
season, to put Western up by two at the break.
Aaron Lynett /Gazette
THE GORDIE HOWE SPECIAL. Steve Chabbert makes Gordie Howe proud
with a stiff elbow to the face of Ryan Held.
York came out of the period flying, swarming the Western goal
for the first minute before Jason Pinizzotto made it 3-2. Less
than five minutes later, Nash scored his second of the game to
tie it and silence the crowd of over 1,000 at Thompson Arena.
The game stayed tied until the 15-minute mark when Western went
on the power play. Zafiris picked up a bad clearing attempt at
the hash marks and fired it over the right shoulder of York goaltender
Derek Dolson to give Western the lead and the win.
The fourth year forward also played hero back on Nov. 1, when
he scored with one second remaining to give Western a victory over
division rival Lakehead University.
The game was significant for both Western and York. Western is
in a tight battle with Lakehead in the Ontario University Athletics
Far West division, while York was tied with Brock University for
first place in the Mid West.
York head coach Graham Wise was disappointed, but gave full credit
“We’re always disappointed with a loss,” Wise
said. “Western is a helluva team and that late penalty killed
us. I would hope in a game like this that the teams would decide
“We love playing York, we have a good rivalry,” said
Western head coach Clarke Singer. “It was a big game and
we have four more big games. We played well five-on-five and just
had a couple of breakdowns that York capitalized on.”
On Saturday, Western had another tough game against Brock in a
crucial division battle, which would affect both teams.
“They’re a good team,” Zafiris said. “We
know they won’t give up until the final buzzer. We have to
bring the intensity and not let up.”
“Every game is huge now,” Wise said about the battle
for top spot in the Mid West division. “Brock has the same
opponents as us this weekend — now we just hope Western beats
Western did York a favour on Saturday while York did little to
help their own cause. Western defeated the Badgers 5-3, while York
lost to Waterloo.
Mike Stathopoulos, Mike Rice, Jeff Martin and Justin Davis scored
while Chamberlain added an empty net goal for Western in their
With their two wins on the weekend, Western remained in first
place with three games remaining.