WCURL stuns Laurentian to advance to OUA semifinals
Hawks score extra ends victory in quarters to knock out defending OUA and U SPORTS champs

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Posted by Jamie Howieson

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (February 18, 2018) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s curling team scored a stunning 6-5 extra ends victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs in the quarter-finals of the OUA Championship on Sunday night at the Community First Curling Centre.

One year after being eliminated from the OUA Championship in the quarter-finals, the Hawks, the fourth seed out of Pool A from round robin action, knocked out the Voyageurs, the top seed from Pool B and the defending OUA and U SPORTS champions, thanks to a steal of one in the ninth end.

Laurier, skipped by Kaitlin Jewer of Ajax, Ont., and also featuring third Riley Sandham of St. Catharines, Ont., second Kelly Middaugh of Victoria Harbour, Ont., and lead Bridget Ribau of Oakville, Ont., held their own throughout the match against a Voyageurs team that went 5-1 in round robin play.

The Hawks fell behind early after the Voyageurs scored one in the first and then stole a single in the second. After a blank in the third, Laurier found the scoreboard with one in the fourth to head into the break down 2-1.

The teams continued to go back and forth throughout the second half but Laurier found themselves down 5-3 heading to the eighth end.

Needing a multiple score to either win the game or force extra ends, the Hawks got their end set up with a great draw by Middaugh however, they still needed a great shot by Jewer with her final shot and Laurier’s skip came through. She made a runback with her final stone to score a pair for the purple and gold, sending the game to an extra end.

In the ninth, Laurier put the pressure on the defending champions and had plenty of rocks in the rings for most of the end. Needing a runback with her final stone, Laurentian skip Krysta Burns just missed her line and ended up running the guard past Hawks’ rock in the top four foot, giving Laurier the win and a berth in the semifinals.

The Hawks will now face the Lakehead Thunderwolves, last year’s U SPORTS silver medalists, in the semifinals on Monday morning with a berth in the gold medal game and the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championships on the line.

The match will begin at 9:30 a.m. and fans can follow live scoring here.

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