The Brock Badgers suffered their first loss of the 2012 season in front of a rowdy homecoming crowd as the Western Mustangs upended the Badgers 11-10 to remain undefeated in 6 games. The Mustangs improve their record to 6-0 are the only remaining undefeated squad in the East. â€œIt was a great game and it could have gone either wayâ€ said Sophomore Dylan Ham who scored two goals and recorded an assist in the win. â€œBoth goalies were outstanding and both teams had great special teams.â€
The Badgers were disappointed with their undisciplined play in which they believe it cost them the game. The Mustangs capitalized on the powerplay as 8 of their 11 goals on the extra man opportunity.
â€œOur discipline is our biggest downfallâ€ said Junior LSM Bryan Campbell. â€œWe are the best team in CUFLA if we stay out of the box. The stats say it for itself. 8 powerplay goals. That was the X factor.â€
Campbell is not the only one who believes that a disciplined Badgers team canâ€™t be beat as Super Senior Kyle Kropman said â€œ6 on 6, there isnâ€™t a team that can compete with us for 80 minutes.â€ Although the faceoff specialist/defensive midfielder is confident in his team when they are even strength, he is aware that the parade to the sin bin has become a major issue for Brock. â€œWe found out that Brock lax is the best team at beating Brock lax. We also found out that teams can beat us when we play into their game plan.â€
Each team is ready to move on from this game and continue with their season. On one hand, Western is ready to try and continue their undefeated streak while Brock looks to get to work at practice and win out for the remainder of the season. â€¨â€œIt feels great to be undefeated but we are already looking ahead to our game tomorrow against Guelphâ€ said Ham. â€œThey are an outstanding team and it should be a great game.â€
The Badgers have just under a week to prepare for their next game against Laurentian at home on October 6th. â€œIt’s starts at practice. We have to take advantage of valuable time to work on our playâ€ said Campbell. â€œAt the end of the day we know what are downfall is. The mass amount of penalties needs to drop substantially for us to be successful in this league.â€
The Badgers have one more chance at redemption before the regular season is over as they will travel to beautiful TD Waterhouse Stadium for a CUFLA Friday night lights battle on October 19th. With the Mustangs victory today they sit on top of the East and become closer to their quest for their first Baggataway Cup since 2001. Although the Badgers have dropped their first win, they have become even hungrier to bring the cup back home to St.Catharines for the 19th time in 25 years.