Men's hockey looks for second round success

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Three Mustangs teams are in action this weekend as we head into the heart of the Ontario University Athletics postseason.

Friday marks the beginning of the OUA track and field championships, hosted by the University of Windsor. The Mustangs women enter the meet ranked first in the OUA, while the men come in holding down third.

The team enters this weekend’s competition fresh off the heels of an outstanding performance last week at the University of Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

A Western school record was set by the women’s 4 x 400 relay team with a total time of 228.4 seconds, including a new individual split record of 54.7 seconds by anchor runner, Jen Cotten.

Game two of the Ontario University Athletics men’s hockey playoffs will take place at Thompson Arena this Friday night, as the Mustangs take on the Brock Badgers. The team earned a berth in the OUA West semi-finals by handily defeating the York Lions twice last weekend.

Western swept the season series with Brock, outscoring the Badgers 11-3 through two games back in November. Key face-off man and London native Kyle Piwowarczyk hopes to build on his three-point performance in last Saturday’s victory over the Lions. The puck drops for Friday’s game at 7 p.m.

If the series is split following Friday night’s game, both teams will travel back to Brock on Sunday to play the third and deciding game in the OUA quarterfinal. For fans unable to make the trek to St. Catharines, the game will be broadcast on 94.9 FM CHRW.

With last Saturday’s 99-87 victory over the McMaster Marauders, the men’s basketball team earned itself home court advantage for the first round of the OUA postseason.

Alumni Hall is the venue, as the Mustangs play host to a yet-to-be-determined opponent at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on Rogers TV.

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