LEDUC, AB – The second day of the 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling Canada Championships delivered with excitement and competitive matches across the board of the men’s and women’s national championship in round robin play.
Draw 3 on the women’s side saw the only two unbeaten teams from Day 1 fall, placing five teams tied at the top of the leaderboard with 2-1 records. The Niagara College Knights (2-1) struggled to find their rhythm for most of the game against the MacEwan University Griffins (2-1), as only Renee Boyce as the second curled above 60 per cent for the Knights. The Griffins were consistent in their stat line with everyone curling above 70 per cent on their way to a tight 7-6 win.
The NAIT Ooks (2-1) of the ACAC struggled to put multiple scores together and spread out four single point ends as they dropped a 6-4 decision to the OCAA’s Fanshawe College Falcons (2-1). Both teams had difficulty with the ice in the first draw of the day as the Falcons managed to curl at 55 per cent as a team, while the Ooks curled at 54 per cent.
The Red Deer College Queens (2-1) took control late in the game against the Holland College Hurricanes (1-2), thanks to scores of three in the eighth end and two more points in the 10th end to take the match 8-5. Lead Katie Primrose had a strong performance for the Queens, curling at 69 per cent for the match.
In the final match of Draw 3, the Camosun College Chargers (1-2) found their first win of the championships, winning 9-7 over a stubborn Fleming College Knights (0-3) squad that could not recover after giving up three points in the 9th end. Second Mariah Coulombe led the way for the Knights, curling at 70 per cent for the game.
Draw 4 started to show some separation in the standings with the MacEwan University Griffins flexing some muscle to improve to 3-1 with a 12-4 victory over the Fleming College Knights (0-4), who remain winless in the championships. That is the third straight win for the Griffins since dropping their opening round-robin game on Saturday afternoon.
The NAIT Ooks (3-1) join the Griffins at the top of the standings after pouring on the points in the last three ends to defeat the Holland College Hurricanes (1-3) by a score of 7-4. Ooks lead Nicole Sawiak was extremely efficient in her shot execution, curling at 83 per cent for the game.
Despite the hot start to the championships for the Niagara College Knights (2-2), they have started to cool down just as the Camosum College Chargers (2-2) have started to find their stride. The Knights elected to concede the match after eight ends with the Chargers dominating start to finish en route to a 9-3 win.
In the last game of Draw 4, the Fanshawe College Falcons (3-1) continued to roll with a clinical 7-3 victory over the defending CCAA champion Red Deer College Queens (2-2). Falcons skip Kaitlyn Poirier remained steady, avoiding any mistakes that would let the Queens back into the game.
In Draw 3, the Douglas College Royals (3-0) continued to move through the round robin as the only remaining undefeated team in the championships, as the Royals faced off against the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings (2-1). The Vikings had their hands full with a Royals team that averaged nearly 80 per cent for the match, with Augustana electing to shake hands after eight ends, giving Douglas College a smooth 9-2 win.
The all-OCAA matchup between the Sault College Cougars (1-2) and the Fanshawe College Falcons (2-1) ended after nine ends, with the Falcons walking away with a stress-free 7-2 win. Falcons third Logan James was tough to beat in the morning draw, curling at 86 per cent, while the Cougars skip, Nicholas Servant, struggled to find an answer for a majority of the match.
In another all-conference matchup featuring ACAC adversaries NAIT Ooks (2-1) and Red Deer College Kings (0-3), the match left the Kings still searching for their first win of the championships as the Ooks held on for a 7-5 win. Both teams matched up fairly evenly during the game, with Ooks lead Sam Stephenson standing out curling at 81 per cent.
In the last round robin game of Draw 3, the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder (1-2) left the door open for the Niagara College Knights (1-2) to make their move with a couple of mistakes in the latter stages of the game. The Knights finished strong on their way to a 7-5 win over the Thunder, led by a stellar game from third Tyler Marshall.
Big scores and big momentum swings filled the highlights of Draw 4, with the Fanshawe College Falcons (3-1) dishing out the most convincing win of the round, 11-4 over OCAA rival Niagara College Knights (1-3). The team curled a collective 88 per cent, with Falcons third Logan James putting up an incredible 98 per cent in the stat line. The Falcons have settled nicely into a rhythm and will be tough to beat heading into day 3.
In an all-ACAC matchup, the Red Deer College Kings (0-4) and University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings traded heavy blows in a seesaw battle, ending with an 11-9 win for the Vikings to improve their record to 3-1. Despite the more consistent team statistics from the Kings (curling at 79 per cent for the match), they have yet to find the win column and dropped another tight match due to a couple costly mistakes when the pressure was on.
The Douglas College Royals (4-0) continued on their path of destruction, still undefeated after a solid 7-4 defeat of the NAIT Ooks (2-2). Lead Nicholas Umbach was a shining star, curling at 88 per cent for the Royals.
The final game of Draw 4 between the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder (2-2) and the Sault College Cougars (1-3) had the feel of a playoff game with neither team ready to flinch and patiently waiting for an opening to make a move. Patience paid off for the Thunder as they pulled off a close 6-5 win over the Cougars behind a strong 85 per cent curled by second Cody Holowaychuk, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Standings after Day 2
Women’s Teams Record
Fanshawe College Falcons 3-1
NAIT Ooks 3-1
MacEwan University Griffins 3-1
Niagara College Knights 2-2
Red Deer College Queens 2-2
Camosun College Chargers 2-2
Holland College Hurricanes 1-3
Fleming College Knights 0-4
Men’s Teams Record
Douglas College Royals 4-0
University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings 3-1
Fanshawe College Falcons 3-1
Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder 2-2
NAIT Ooks 2-2
Sault College Cougars 1-3
Niagara College Knights 1-3
Red Deer College Kings 0-4
Sheet G will be televised throughout the 2018 CCAA Curling Canada National Championships, and will be available for viewing online at www.cbc.ca/sports.
Story by Joel Mrak