CURL teams 1-1 after Day 1 of OUA Championships
After dropping their opening games, both MCURL and WCURL bounce back with wins in late draw
Friday, February 16, 2018 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (February 16, 2018) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s and women’s curling teams both sit with 1-1 records after the opening day of the 2018 OUA Championships, hosted by the Algoma Thunderbirds at the Community First Curling Centre.
The men’s team, who entered the week as the three-time defending champions, opened the day with a 4-2 setback to the Western Mustangs.
Skipped by Matt Hall of Kitchener, Ont., and also featuring Jordie Lyon-Hatcher of Ottawa, at third, Kenny Malcolmson of Toronto, at second, and Connor Lawes of Sundrigde, Ont., at lead, the Hawks were unable to generate any big ends against the Mustangs. Western opened the scoring with a steal of two in the third end and the teams would end up trading singles after the fourth end break as the Hawks were unable to comeback.
In the late draw on Thursday, Hall and his rink got off to a much better start as scores of two in both the second and fourth ends had them ahead 4-2 at the break. Laurier would force Ryerson to blank in both five and six and a single by the Rams in seven allowed the Hawks to keep the final end wide open, eventually scoring one to take a 5-3 victory.
In women’s action, the Hawks also sit with a 1-1 record and find themselves in a six-way tie for second place in Pool A.
Skipped by Kaitlin Jewer of Ajax, Ont., and also featuring Riley Sandham of St. Catharines, Ont., at third, Kelly Middaugh of Victoria Harbour, Ont., at second and Bridget Ribau of Oakville, Ont., at lead, the Hawks opened the event with a 7-4 loss to the Queen’s Gaels.
The Gaels, led by 2016 World Junior Champion Mary Fay, opened the game with a score of two but Laurier responded with two of their own in the fourth end to leave the game tied 3-3 at the break.
After trading singles in five and six, the difference in the game came in the seventh end when the Gaels put three on the board. They would run Laurier out of rocks in the eighth end to take the victory.
Laurier was quick to bounce back from the loss though as they took out Trent by a score of 7-4. Despite, trailing 2-1 after two ends, the Hawks took advantage of hammer the rest of the way, scoring deuces in the third, fifth and seventh ends to come out on top.
Both teams will get Day 2 underway at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 16 with the men taking on Toronto in their lone draw of the day, while the women face Lakehead.
Laurier’s women will also face the host Thunderbirds at 7:30 p.m.
Live scores and standings for the championships can be found here.
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