Women's hoopsters look to seal up

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs women's hockey

Jonas Hrebeniuk

MARCHING TOWARDS A PLAYOFF SPOT. With the season winding down, the women's hockey team hosts the Waterloo Warriors this week in a pivotal matchup for playoff positioning.

Two Mustangs teams will be competing in Ontario University Athletics finals this weekend, while a handful of others will be vying for playoff positions in a busy weekend of competition.

Fresh off their dominant performance in London last weekend, the men’s and women’s swimming teams will travel to Toronto to compete in the OUA finals. Women’s team member Lenore Chesworth hopes to build on her outstanding four-medal performance last weekend and help the team to its first OUA title since the 1985-86 season.

The men’s and women’s squash teams will also be on the road this weekend, traveling to Brock University, where the men hope to keep their 24-year OUA championship streak alive. On the women’s side, the ’Stangs will do their best to three-peat as OUA champs, having won the last two years.

In volleyball action, the women’s team (11-7) will host the bottom-feeding Windsor Lancers (2-16) at Alumni Hall on Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m.

The men’s team will have a busy weekend ahead, traveling to Toronto for a Saturday afternoon match against the Toronto Varsity Blues before visiting the York Lions on Sunday. York currently sits six points behind Western in the provincial standings.

In basketball action, the men’s and women’s teams will head east on the 401 this Saturday to visit the Waterloo Warriors. The Western men have begun to turn things around after a slow start to the season, going 4-1 in their last five games.

Meanwhile, the women will be hoping to cement their second place position in the OUA West division as they head into the playoffs. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men.

It’s do or die time for the women’s hockey team as it heads into this weekend’s game against the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday. Last weekend’s loss to Windsor means the Mustangs will have to win Saturday’s tilt against the Warriors and hope for a York loss against Brock if they are to have a shot at the playoffs.

A Mustangs win on Saturday coupled with a York loss will set up the final game of the regular season between the two teams, with the winner moving on to the postseason. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre for Saturday’s game.

While first place in the Far West is no longer attainable for the men’s hockey team, it looks to hold off the surging Laurier Golden Hawks and Waterloo Warriors as Western hosts the Lakehead Thunderwolves in a doubleheader this weekend.

The first game of the “AMJ Challenge Cup” will be played on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre, tickets are $5 for students.

Puck drop for the second game is at 2 p.m. at Thompson Arena on Sunday with a $4 student admission.

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