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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's hockey

Jonas Hrebeniuk

THERE'S A CERTAIN BOND TO THE FROZEN POND. Our first solid gust of winter weather this season certainly gets everyone fired up for hockey. The men and women's hockey teams were two of several Mustangs squads in action over the weekend; it made for some great spectatorship.

With the holidays just around the corner, Western’s basketball and hockey teams saw their last action of the season.

After suffering back-to-back losses last weekend, the men’s basketball team split a pair of games against the Toronto Varsity Blues and Ryerson Rams.

On Friday, forward Colin Laforme scored 17 points in his debut versus the Blues. Teammate Brad Smith added 20 points to pace the Mustangs to an 86-77 victory against the nationally-ranked Blues. Western trailed by 12 points at the half, but rallied for the win.

Despite another strong performance from Smith, Western could not complete the sweep in Toronto, losing on Saturday to the Rams by a score of 80-76.

Western held a 32-26 lead at halftime, but encountered foul trouble in the second half. The Rams were paced by Igor and Boris Bakovic, who combined for 43 points on the night.

On the women’s side, veteran forward Bess Lennox had a monster weekend, pouring in a combined 51 points and 21 rebounds to lead Western to two consecutive victories.

Western dispatched Toronto 85-75 on Friday evening after overcoming a 25-18 first quarter deficit. Lennox, along with forwards Amanda Anderson and Lauren Parkes, combined for 58 points.

The ’Stangs got off to a better start on Saturday, taking a 25-14 lead in the first quarter en route to a 78-66 victory over Ryerson. The victory put Western at 8-2 for the season and second place in Ontario University Athletics West standings.

The women’s hockey squad ended its five-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 win over the visiting Queen’s Golden Gaels.

Mississauga native Kailey Hooker scored the first goal for the Purple and Silver at 13:39 of the first period. Holly Ouellette, Bianca Emanuele and Kaley Sisler also got on the board for the Mustangs, while netminder Danielle Le Ber faced 25 shots in the important victory.

After a 3-2 shootout loss to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks on Friday night, the men’s hockey team rebounded with a 4-1 victory over the York Lions on Saturday.

Although the Lions were first on the board with Matt Passfield scoring halfway through the first period, Western answered back when Marcus Smith scored his third goal of the season to tie the game.

The Mustangs dominated the second period as Kyle Lamb scored his fifth goal of the season, followed by Kevin Richardson with his 13th. Richardson currently tops the Canadian Interuniversity Sport scoring race.

Western winger Jeff Martens capped off the scoring with a goal mid-way through the third frame.

With the win, Western cemented its first-place position in the Far West division. The Lakehead Thunderwolves occupy second-place, just two points behind.

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