Men’s hockey team
starts new year with win
By Ian Denomme
WOO’S NOT IN THE HOUSE, BUT THERE’S STILL
A FACE-OFF. Sometimes, when you’re still recovering from
a hangover, a John Woo reference is the best you can do for
a caption. Oh, and the picture is from Friday night’s
men’s hockey match-up that pitted Waterloo against
After a busy holiday break, the Western Mustangs’ men’s
hockey team started off the second half of their season with another
The Mustangs defeated the Waterloo Warriors 5-1 at Thompson Arena
on Friday night. It was the first of three consecutive meetings
with the Warriors.
Despite playing five games over the break, fatigue did not seem
to be a factor in the first period as the Mustangs spent almost
all of it in the offensive zone.
Western fired 20 shots on goal in the first period, but capitalized
on just one of them as Chris Rowan scored his seventh of the season
on an unassisted goal.
The second period saw much of the same as the Mustangs continued
to control the play. Jeff Martin increased the lead midway through
the second with his 16th goal of the season. Despite the two-goal
lead through two periods, the story of the game was the play of
Waterloo goaltender Scott Gouthro.
Western had fired 32 shots at Gouthro after two periods but Gouthro
consistently turned them away to keep his team within striking
distance. His strong play paid off early in the third.
Two minutes into the third period Matthew Iannetta got Waterloo
on the board and back into the game with a shot from the top of
the circle that beat Western goalie Mike D’Alessandro.
However, the Warriors were not able to maintain the momentum for
very long. Four minutes after Waterloo’s goal, Tim Zafiris
restored Western’s two-goal lead.
Chris Berti made it 4-1 with a goal at the 9:53 mark of the third
and Ryan Hare put the final nail in the coffin with under three
minutes to go to make the final 5-1.
Waterloo head coach Karl Taylor felt the game came down to Western’s
ability to capitalize.
“[Western] played better in the first two periods, but they
were able to take advantage of their opportunities in the third.
We weren’t able to buckle down and eventually they wore us
Western head coach Clarke Singer agreed.
“We kept working hard and we had more luck in the third.
We had lots of shots in the first, but in the third we buried them.”
Singer also thought Waterloo’s goal early in the third was
the turning point of the game.
“When they scored to make it 2-1, it really kick-started
us. We knew that we had to get the next one.”
The latter part of the third period saw the game turn chippy. With
the two teams playing two more consecutive games, there is the
possibility of the bad blood carrying over, although both coaches
said that was unlikely to happen.
“That’s one of the negatives of playing three games
in a row,” Singer said. “There’s the possibility
of that happening. But we have to make sure that discipline is
a trademark of our team in the second half.”
Taylor agreed the rough play would not carry over to the next
Over the break, the Mustangs played three exhibition games, resulting
in a loss to the Western Michigan Broncos and two losses to the
No. 1 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Despite the losses, Singer felt they were good learning experiences.
“As coaches and players we learned where we need to be in
the end. We had three good games. And it was good to get back on
the skates — usually you don’t get quality games over
The Mustangs are at home to the Warriors again on Friday at Thompson
Arena. The game could be a historic one for the Mustangs: Justin
Davis needs only three points to surpass Mike Tomlak and become
Western’s all-time leading scorer.