It’s not often that CIS hockey dominates the headlines within a city. It’s even harder for an OUA team to capture local attention when they are contending against one of the most competitive Ontario Hockey League teams, the London Knights. But this Saturday, March 10th, the Western Mustangs Men’s Hockey Team will be competing in their second consecutive Queen’s Cup (OUA Championship) after yet another successful season.
So let’s recap how they have made it to this point:
(R-L: Scott Aarssen, Kevin Baker, Chris Corbeil, Keaton Turkiewicz, Adam Nemith, Jason Furlong and Yashar Farmanara – via WesternMustangs.ca)
The Mustangs finished first in the OUA West Division with an overall record of 20 – 3 – 5 (Wins – Losses – Overtime Losses). This stellar regular season led to the Mustangs earning 5 of 7 Major Awards within the Division.
Coach of the Year: Clarke Singer
Top Rookie: Zach Harnden – Lead all rookies in goals (17) and points (31)
Top Goaltender: Josh Unice – 2nd in the CIS in save percentage (.931)
Most Valuable Player: Keaton Turkiewicz – Lead the CIS in points (47) in 28 games)
The playoffs have been a similar story, seeing the team win each of their Best-of-Three series’; Laurier (2-0), Brock (2-0) and Windsor (2-1).
All of this leading to a one game, sudden death, Queen’s Cup final against the McGill Redmen this Saturday March 10th – 7:30pm at Western’s very own Thompson Arena. So if you are in the Forest City and looking for elite level hockey with high stakes, come support your Western Mustangs!!