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Underdogs Prevail: Lakehead women defeat No. 1 Alberta

THUNDER BAY, Ont. (U SPORTS) – The final two men’s and women’s teams of the U SPORTS/Curling Canada University Championships are now set to compete in the gold medal games as the semi-finals took place earlier this morning.

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves came out on top with a huge win against undefeated Alberta.

(USports/Curling Canada photo)

With the hammer, Alberta’s Streifel captured the first point of the day taking a single in the first end. Lakehead responded with a single of their own and stole two more in the third end setting the Pandas on their heels. Streifel quickly tied the game at but gave up the go ahead two in the 5th. From there both teams traded points for the rest of the game. While Streifel was impressive with some clutch shots that kept the Pandas in the game, the Thunderwolves ran the Pandas out of rocks and took the huge victory that sent them straight into the gold medal round.

“Going into this game, we felt like we wanted to get back the win we should have had last night. We played really well last night and the ice wasn’t on our side in the last few ends and we missed out on that. So we went out today and we really wanted that win”, said Skip Hailey Beaudry after her victory.

“We are feeling pretty good about this afternoon”

Laurentian Voyageurs (USports/Curling Canada photo)

The Thunderwolves will be facing Laurentian University who took down Dalhousie’s Kristin Clarke, 8-3. The Voyageurs had a 5-1 lead after the sixth end, and carried their momentum until the last end. Dalhousie will face Alberta in the bronze medal game at 2 p.m.

On the men’s side, undefeated Memorial held on to an 8-7 win against Regina that places them in the gold medal round. Regina’s Samuel Wills had the lead up until the tenth end when Adam Boland earned his winning 2 points when Sam Wills came up short on a freeze attempt.

Memorial University (USports/Curling Canada photo)

Alberta’s Thomas Scoffin’s carried their momentum from last night’s win into today’s game against, once again, UPEI. The Golden Bears had a convincing 9-2 decision over Chris Gallant and will be looking to take down the Memorial Sea-Hawks today at 2 p.m. UPEI will play Regina for the bronze.

University of Alberta (USports/Curling Canada photo)

DAY 5 SCORES

Semifinal – Men
Memorial 8, Regina 7
Alberta 9, UPEI 2

Semifinal – Women
Lakehead 7, Alberta 5
Laurentian 8, Dalhousie 3

DAY 4 STANDINGS

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

Women
Final Standings
1. Alberta 7-1
2. Dalhousie 4-4
3. Laurentian 5-3
4. Lakehead 4-4
5. UNB 3-4
6. StFX 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 (USPORTS.LIVE)
2 p.m. Bronze and Gold medal games (USPORTS.LIVE)
7 p.m. Championship banquet

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