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Playoff match-ups set at Canadian University championships

THUNDER BAY, Ont. (U SPORTS) – The 16 teams competing for the U SPORTS/Curling Canada University Championships continued play in the fourth and final day of the round robin to solidify their position in the playoffs that will take place tomorrow morning.

With multiple teams tied up, Draw 7 would play an important role in who would compete in the semifinal Wednesday  morning.

The Thunderwolves had a 3-point advantage over Alberta at the end of the fourth but Alberta brought it within one at the end of the 9th. Alberta’s Streifel then stole two points in the tenth that solidified the Pandas 8-6 win and a perfect record in the round robin.

Dalhousie stole a 9-8 win over Ryerson that secured their position in the playoffs with a 4-3 record.
Laurentian took 2-points in both the third and fourth ends that gave them a 4-0 lead against StFX and skip Krysta Burns carried her team on to a 5-2 over the X-Women. The Voyageurs qualify for the semi-final with a 4-3 record as well.

UNB finished the tournament with a great 9-3 win over Regina that would move them to 3-4.

Now that round robin play has wrapped up, the final four positions were determined as follows (tiebreaker games will not be played). Alberta (7-0) will take on Lakehead in one semifinal. Lakehead was tied with UNB and St. Francis Xavier at 3-4 for the final playoff position. In games amongst the three teams, their records were identical at 1-1. The tie-breaking solution in this case is the LSD (cumulative last stone distance) for the round robin where Lakehead was ranked #1, UNB was #3 and ST FX was #4. Therefore Lakehead is ranked #4 overall.

Laurentian University (USports/Curling Canada photo)

Dalhousie finished tied with Laurentian at 4-3 but earned the second seed by virtue of their round robin win over Laurentian. Dalhousie has choice of hammer or colour on Sheet D, Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00am.

Alberta has hammer and colour against Lakehead on Sheet C, Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00am.

On the men’s side, Memorial (7-0) kept their winning streak going with a victory over Queen’s, 9-6. The Gaels remained close throughout the entire match until the Sea-Hawks took single points in both the eight and ninth.

Laurier struggled in their last game with Regina being outdone 10-2, scoring their single points in the sixth and eighth. This loss ends the reigning champions dream of making it to the semi-final. Regina is now tied at 3-4 with 4 other teams.

Dalhousie’s Robert Mayhew edged Lakehead’s Dave Henderson, 5-2, taking 3 in the fourth and 2 in the eighth. The host Thunderwolves run for the national title ends as they finish 1-6.

Alberta stamped their ticket to the semi-final, as they took down UPEI in an impressive 10-3 decision.

Alberta’s Thomas Scoffin describes “so far its been a grind, we have had to battle for every shot and the wins have not come easy so we are working hard but we are just happy to have qualified for playoffs. We are looking forward to tomorrow. This is what we have worked for all year, we are ready and prepared so we are just going to come out and do what we know and we will be in good shape.”

University of Alberta: Thomas Scoffin (USports/Curling Canada photo)

Memorial (#1 seed) will play Regina in one semi final. 4th place was decided by games among the four teams tied at 3-4. Regina and Queen’s records were 2-1 while Wilfrid Laurier and Dalhousie were 1-2. Regina defeated Queen’s in the round robin earning the #4 seed and Queen’s is seeded #5. Wilfrid Laurier defeated Dalhousie in the round robin ranking them 6th and Dalhousie 7th.

Memorial has hammer and colour on Sheet E against Regina, Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00am.

Alberta and UPEI tied for second at 4-3 however Alberta defeated UPEI in the round robin earning the #2 seed while UPEI is seeded 3rd. Alberta has choice of hammer or colour on Sheet F, Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00am.

DAY 4 SCORES

Draw 6 – Men
UPEI 7, Regina 2
Queen’s 5, Lakehead 4
Memorial 7, Dalhousie 6
Laurier 6, Alberta 4

Draw 6 – Women
Lakehead 10, StFX 6
Regina 7, Ryerson 6
Dalhousie 8, UNB 7
Alberta 13, Laurentian 2

Draw 7– Men
Memorial 9, Queen’s 6
Regina 10, Laurier 2
Alberta 10, UPEI 3
Dalhousie 5, Lakehead 2

Draw 7 – Women
Dalhousie 9, Ryerson 8
Laurentian 5. StFX 2
Alberta 8, Lakehead 6
UNB 9, Regina 3

DAY 4 STANDINGS (top 4 move on to Semifinal

Men
Final Standings
1. Memorial 7-0
2. Alberta 4-3
3. UPEI 4-3
4. Regina 3-4
5. Queens 3-4
6. Wilfrid Laurier 3-4
7. Dalhousie 3-4
8. Lakehead 1-6

Women
Final Standings
1. Alberta 7-0
2. Dalhousie 4-3
3. Laurentian 4-3
4. Lakehead 3-4
5. UNB 3-4
6. St. Francis Xavier 3-4
7. Regina 2-5
8. Ryerson 2-5

SCHEDULE (All times ET)

Saturday, March 18
8 p.m. Draw 1

Sunday, March 19
2 p.m. Draw 2
7 p.m. Draw 3

Monday, March 20
2 p.m. Draw 4
7 p.m. Draw 5

Tuesday, March 21
2 p.m. Draw 6
7 p.m. Draw 7

Wednesday, March 22
9 a.m. Semifinals
2 p.m. Bronze and Gold medal games
7 p.m. Championship banquet

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