Warrior goalies can’t
stop Mustang attack or pucks
By Ian Denomme
IN THE TOWEL. An unidentified Mustang gets tangled up with
a Waterloo player during Western’s 10-3 victory
on Friday night. It was the second of three straight victories
for Western over the Warriors.
The Western Mustangs’ men’s hockey team put on an
offensive clinic Friday night at Thompson Arena in what turned
out to be a historic night for one Mustang.
The Mustangs defeated the Waterloo Warriors 10-3 in the second
of three consecutive games against their divisional rivals.
The result was somewhat surprising considering last week’s
game — in which Waterloo managed to compete with Western — and
Waterloo’s victory over a strong Laurier team the following
“We’re disappointed,” said Waterloo head coach
Karl Taylor. “Obviously, when you give up 10 goals you haven’t
accomplished what you wanted.”
Mike Stathopoulos opened the scoring for Western early in the
first period, notching his 10th goal of the season. Ryan Held made
it 2-0 before the end of the first period, scoring on a power play.
Despite being out-shot in the second period, Western managed to
increase their lead. Justin Davis scored a power play goal just
58 seconds in. Jeff Martin scored his league-leading 16th goal
under a minute later and chased Waterloo goalie Jeremy Elliott
from the net. Tom Brown made it 5-0 by the end of the second period.
Whatever coach Taylor may have said to his team during the intermission
seemed to work briefly. Kevin Hurley scored a power play goal less
then a minute into the period. Then Mark Accardi made it 5-2, getting
credit on a Marc Andre Fleury-esque goal. On the play, Western
goalie Mike D’Alessandro’s clearing attempt hit Accardi
and bounced into the net.
That was as close as Waterloo would get. Shawn Thompson scored
26 seconds after Accardi, then Davis scored again and became Western’s
all- time leading scorer. The goal gave him 187 points as a Mustang.
Martin added his second goal of the night, then Chris Rowan and
Chris Eade each scored short handed goals in the last minute to
round out the scoring.
Western was out-shot in the game 31-26, but head coach Clarke
Singer was still pleased with the effort.
“We were good for 40 minutes, then got a little sloppy in
the third and lost our focus. But overall I thought we had a good
game — no passengers.”
Taylor was not as pleased with his team’s performance.
“We had no commitment to the team game; we need to be more
consistent and the guys between the pipes, we need them to make
Last week, Scott Gouthro was excellent in goal for Waterloo, keeping
his team in the game through 40 minutes. Taylor said Elliott got
the start based on his performance in Sunday’s win over Laurier.
Despite the lopsided score, Singer thought Waterloo played well.
“They ran their trap well and they were solid in their own
end. The team played well, but didn’t get results.
On Sunday, the Mustangs were in Waterloo for the third game of
The Mustangs won yet again, taking the game 6-2. The win was Western’s
10th regular season win in a row, their last loss back on Nov.
6 to York.
Western got goals from six different players in the game. Thomspon,
Stathopoulos, Rowan, Mike Rice, Jamie Chamberlain and Ryan Hare
all scored for Western. Mike Boyce made 22 saves in the victory.
The win improved the Mustangs record to 13-2.