Horses buck off horsemen

Purple and Silver wipe the floor with Windsor in 9-1 romp

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs' mens hockey

Jon Purdy

BULGING THE TWINE LIKE ROBIN HOOD IN AN ARCHERY COMPETITION. While there are currently no animated foxes on Western’s roster, the Mustangs picked up more apples than the man in tights Saturday night.

The Western men’s hockey team staged a blowout Saturday at the John Labatt Centre in its final regular-season faceoff with the division rival Windsor Lancers.

The Mustangs (11-5-2-2) trampled the Lancers (8-11-0-0) 9-1 with an explosive offence.

After a Lancer power-play goal early in the first period, the Mustangs answered forcefully. With the help of Western goalie Ryan Riddle, the Mustangs stifled any further Lancer chances.

“Everyone contributed,” said forward Sal Peralta, who was named the game’s first star. “We had guys step up today and play well offensively and defensively.”

Centre Kyle Piwowarczyk notched Western’s first tally 6:32 into the first period. Less than a minute later, winger Jesse Boucher followed suit and shelved the second goal.

Before the Lancers could blink, centre Ryan Hare buried one on a perfect feed from Matt Manias. Shortly thereafter, Peralta scored his first of the game to give the ’Stangs a comfortable 4-1 lead through the first period.

The Mustangs continued the massacre in the second period, tallying three more goals to supplement stellar defensive work.

Peralta struck again with a booming point shot. A few minutes later, Chris Petrow scored to leave the Lancers in a daze. The bleeding didn’t stop, as winger Jason Ertl sneaked home a shot and Western finished the second period up 7-1.

The Mustangs bewildered Windsor coach Brent Webster.

“We came off a good weekend last weekend with Lakehead,” Webster said. “Everything we built on last weekend we seemed to forget. It was a disappointing effort.”

The Purple and Silver reconvened in the third to finish off the Lancers. Quick goals by forward Peter Franchin and defenceman Tom Harrison capped a 9-1 victory.

“We finally decided to play together as a team,” Petrow said. “It was pretty impressive.”

Saturday’s scoring spree came after an intense 5-3 Mustangs win Friday night in Windsor.

“It’s probably our best weekend of the year,” said Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer. “I thought we competed really hard. It was nice to see.”

Western’s impressive stickhandling, solid goaltending, and a forceful penalty kill put Windsor into disarray.

“We did all the little things out there,” Peralta said. “That’s going to pay off for us in the future.”

The Mustangs needed to keep momentum for the looming playoffs. With the Lancers four points behind Western in the divisional standings, sharp play was needed.

“Windsor was fighting us to get a [playoff] spot,” Peralta said. “We just took two games from them, so now it looks good for us.”

“This win is very big,” Singer said. “Every game near the end of the season is really important and the rest of the season is going to be really tight.”

Western hosts a twin bill against the rival Lakehead Thunderwolves next weekend at the JLC and has only eight games left on its regular season schedule.

“Next weekend is huge,” Singer said. “We have our biggest rival [Lakehead] coming. It’s going to be a good weekend.”

MUSTANGS 9, LANCERS 1

1st Period
WIN - Bresden 7
(Snihur, Ouelette) 5:29 pp
UWO - Piwowarczyk 3
(McKeown, Eade) 6:32
UWO - Boucher 9
(Martens, Peralta) 7:23
UWO - Hare 8 (Manias) 7:54
UWO - Peralta 15
(Petrow, Boucher) 13:44 pp

2nd Period
UWO - Peralta (2) 16
(Courtney) 1:27
UWO - Petrow 2
(Benedetti, Kennedy) 5:53
UWO - Ertl 3
(Harrison, Ouelette) 13:49

3rd Period
UWO - Franchin 5 (Courtney) 3:46
UWO - Harrison 3
(Kennedy, Piwowarczyk) 8:27

1st Star: Sal Peralta*
2nd Star: Sean Courtney
3rd Star: Jesse Boucher

* Peralta is tied for fourth in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and tied for third in the OUA with 16 goals.

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