Laurier: 3 Memorial: 6
THUNDER BAY, Ont. (March 19, 2017) – After dropping their opening draw on Day 2 of the 2017 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championship, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s curling team responded with a strong second-half performance against the Dalhousie Tigers to move to 2-1 after three draws at the Fort William Curling Club.
Laurier received some clutch shot-making from skip Matthew Hall of Kitchener, Ont., as they scored eight points after the fifth-end break to hand the previously-unbeaten Tigers (2-1) their first loss of the championship.
The result was a strong bounce-back effort for the purple and gold after they suffered a 6-3 loss to the Memorial Sea-Hawks (3-0) to open the day on Sunday.
In a match-up of 1-0 teams to start Day 2, Laurier and Memorial kept the game wide open and it resulted in a 2-1 lead for the purple and gold at the fifth-end break.
However, in the second half, the Sea-Hawks took over as they took two in the sixth, stole one in the seventh before clinching the game with two more in the ninth to come away with the victory.
The loss made Laurier’s second matchup of the day that much more important as they faced a Tigers team that had yet to lose through their first two games.
Similar to their opening game of the day, Laurier played it opened but found themselves trailing Dalhousie 2-1 after four ends.
In the fifth end, Hall got his first chance to score two but his hit over-curled giving the Tigers a steal of one and a 3-1 advantage at the break.
Facing a second consecutive loss, Laurier brought their game to a new level and it paid immediate dividends. With three in the house, Hall played a perfect double and stuck around, giving the Hawks four and a 5-3 lead after six ends.
In the next end, Hall made another double to force Tigers skip Robert Mayhew to draw against two. However, Mayhew came up light on his draw attempt, giving Laurier two more and complete control of the match.
After forcing Dalhousie to a single point in eight, Hall wrapped up the contest with a pick shot to score two more in the ninth as Laurier walked away with a 9-4 victory.
With the win, the Hawks sit in a three-way tie for second place in the round robin standings after Day 2, even with the Tigers and the Regina Cougars. The Sea-Hawks hold down top spot alone with an unblemished 3-0 record.
Up next for Laurier, they will face the UPEI Panthers (1-2) and the Queen’s Gaels (0-3) on Monday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively.
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