Mustangs Injury Bug Strikes Again in 5-3 Loss on Seniors Night
The Western Mustangs men’s hockey team played their final home game of the regular season on Thursday night, losing 5-3 to a desperate Windsor team. It was the Mustangs first regulation loss of 2018, with their previous loss coming in overtime against the Brock Badgers back in January. On a night when Western honoured its five graduating players, it was second year forward Mitchell Fitzmorris who lead the way offensively with two goals. He was the only Mustangs player who got more than one point on the evening. With only one game left in the regular season, Western find itself in familiar territory just before playoffs- injured. The team, which struggled staying healthy during the first half of the season had been the hottest team in the OUA going into Thursday night’s game, having not lost a game in regulation since November 2017. A big reason for the Mustangs’ turnaround was the fact that the team was getting healthy again- regulars returned to the lineup- including starting goaltender Luke Peresinni, who was just one of the many injured Mustang players in the first half of the season. Peresinni had been completely dominant since returning from injury, so it was odd to see him give up four goals in Thursday night’s loss, as he had not let in more than three goals in a game all season and was a big reason why the Mustangs had won nine out of their last ten games.