team looks for turnaround in ’04
By Katrina Wright
DON’T YOU DARE CALL ME A HOOKER. An unidentified flying
Mustang plays catch-up to a streaking Golden Gael from Queen’s
during the women’s hockey game last Sunday. Queen’s
went on to defeat Western 5-3.
It’s never too late to turn things around.
On Sunday afternoon, the Western women’s hockey team hinted
at their potential to have a greatly improved second half of the
season. Although they were upstaged by the Queen’s Golden
Gaels by a score of 5-3, the Mustangs looked revived by rest and
home-cooked meals, and appeared to have the energy to concoct some
amazing offensive chances in 2004.
Western travelled to Kingston last November to discover the Queen’s
team had some very effective goal scorers. “[The loss is]
not indicative of [Western’s] abilities as a hockey team,” said
Western head coach Paul Cook, after the Mustangs suffered an embarrassing
Coming into Sunday’s game with this in mind, the Western
women surprised the Queen’s team with a better indication
of their talent, starting the first period strong with some great
scoring opportunities. Excellent shot-blocking by Western’s
defense, held off some equally good chances by the Golden Gaels,
but after 20 minutes the game remained scoreless.
Queen’s opened the scoring early in the second period with
a goal by Janette Leroux. A fight broke out shortly thereafter
in front of the Western net and resulted in two Queen’s penalties
and one for the Mustangs. The excitement and flaring tempers seemed
to affect the concentration of the Mustangs, as goalie Cali Bodnar
let in a Queen’s short-handed goal mere seconds after the
penalties were settled.
Mustang centre Stacey McCreadie felt a two-goal lead for Queen’s
was unacceptable and quickly proceeded to stuff the puck behind
Golden Gaels’ goalie Christy McKinnon on the ensuing power
The scoring didn’t stop there as Kathleen O’Reilly
had Queen’s amazed by the improved Mustang play and tied
the game at two. The game remained tied until the end of the second
period when Queen’s pulled ahead, scoring two quick goals
in the last minute and making the score 4-2 for the visitors.
Western entered the third period determined to prove themselves
to the Queen’s team, but it took one more Queen’s goal
to spur the Mustangs towards the opposing goal. Midway through
the period, forward Sara Bush scored an inspiring short-handed
goal, putting Western back within striking distance. However, the
Mustangs were unable to beat McKinnon a fourth time, despite some
offensive rushes in their favour. Scoring then remained stagnant
for both teams, leaving the final score at a respectable 5-3.
Queen’s head coach Harold Parsons was surprisingly unhappy
with the “rusty” performance of his team. He expressed
the need for “improved line changes and passing.”
Despite the Golden Gaels’ victory, Parsons gave credit to
the performance of the Mustangs. “[We] gave [Western] too
many two-on-one chances,” he said. “[We] have a long
way to go before the playoffs.”
Within the next few weeks the Mustangs’ aim is to improve
their game even further, and it seems they are off to a good start.
The focus of practices will be on “developing team communication
and learning from the little lessons of each game,” according
to Cook. “We’re playing a team game where everyone
has a job to do,” he added. “What we have to work on
is establishing those roles.”