LEDUC, AB – Day five of the 2018 CCAA Curling Canada Championships wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon and featured the gold and bronze medal games for the men’s and women’s draws.
Women’s Draw – Medal Round Recap
The women’s gold medal game saw the top-seeded Fanshawe College Falcons do battle with the second seed, Camosun College Chargers. Play for most of the match was fairly conservative with five blank ends throughout. The Falcons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first end, and Camosun answered back with two points of their own in the third end to tie things up. The game would remain tied until the eighth end with Fanshawe scoring two to take a 4-2 lead into the home stretch. Determined to complete a comeback, the Chargers settled for one in the ninth end and stole a single in the 10th after a Falcons miss to force an 11th end.
The national title went down to the final stone for Falcons skip Kaitlyn Poirier. With the Chargers sitting shot rock on the four foot with a half guard on the 12 foot, the Falcons had second shot. Poirier had to take out the shot stone, missing the front guard by the closest of margins to peel the Camosun rock and score one to win a CCAA gold medal by a score of 5-4.
This was Fanshawe College’s fourth CCAA Women’s Curling National Championship title since 2012.
The Chargers became the tournament feel-good story of the week by winning their first women’s curling medal in school history as they curled with only three players after third Jordan Koster sustained a leg injury prior to the championships and was unable to participate.
The women’s bronze medal game was an all-ACAC affair between the No. 3 seeded NAIT Ooks and the fourth-ranked MacEwan University Griffins. The game started off slowly with both teams trading singles in the first two ends, followed by the Griffins stealing one point in the third to take the lead, 2-1. The Ooks would take control in the fourth with a score of two and a steal of one in the fifth, taking a 4-2 lead into the break.
The Griffins would settle for a single in the sixth end and steal a huge three points in the eighth end to regain the lead over the Ooks, 6-4. NAIT mounted their own comeback to score two in the ninth end, tying the game at 6-6, before putting away the Griffins for good with a steal of two in the 10th to claim the bronze medal with an 8-6 victory. This was the Ooks’s sixth CCAA women’s curling medal in the last seven years.
Men’s Draw – Medal Round Recap
The men’s gold medal game highlighted the undefeated Douglas College Royals taking on the second-seeded Fanshawe College Falcons. Staying true to form throughout the championships, the Royals would make few mistakes and provide little-to-no window of opportunity for opponents to score and take control of a game.
The Royals opened the scoring in the first end with two points, which the Falcons would answer with a scattering of singles in the second and fourth ends, heading into the break tied at 2-2. In the sixth end, the Royals would settle for a single against a pesky Falcons team, before blowing the game wide open with a gut-wrenching steal of four in the seventh after a Fanshawe miscue to take a 7-2 lead into the homestretch.
The Falcons would regain their composure but missed an opportunity for multiple points in the ninth to complete the comeback, scoring only one point. The teams shook hands after nine ends, as the Douglas College Royals won gold by a final score of 7-3. This was the second CCAA Men’s Curling National Championship title for the Royals, with their last coming nearly 30 years ago in 1990. For the Falcons, this was a heartbreaking loss as they failed to defend their title from 2017; however, they did manage their fifth CCAA medal since 2012.
The men’s bronze medal match followed suit with the women’s game, presenting two ACAC teams – third seeded NAIT Ooks doing battle with fourth ranked University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings. The Ooks came out flying to start the game by taking an exclamation point score of three in the first end and followed it up with a steal of one in the second. The Vikings would regroup to score one in the third end and steal a single in the fourth to cut the deficit in half. But the Ooks were relentless in their offense as they added two more in the fift hand another steal of one in the sixth to take a commanding 7-2 lead. The teams would trade single scores over the next three ends before shaking hands after the ninth, giving the Ooks the bronze medal with a final score of 8-4. This was the fourth CCAA medal for the Ooks since 2013.
GOLD – Fanshawe College Falcons
SILVER – Camosun College Chargers
BRONZE – NAIT Ooks
GOLD – Douglas College Royals
SILVER – Fanshawe College Falcons
BRONZE – NAIT Ooks
CCAA Fair Play Awards
Women – Paige Droog, Fleming College Knights
Men – Jonah Tobinski, NAIT Ooks
Curling Canada Coaching Award
Women’s Team – Jules Owchar, NAIT Ooks
Men’s Team – Will Sutton, Douglas College Royals
CCAA Women’s All Tournament Team
Skip – Taylor Reese-Hansen, Camosun College Chargers
Third – Erin Wells, MacEwan University Griffins
Second – Maria Coulombe, Camosun College Chargers
Lead – Nicole McClellan, Fleming College Knights
CCAA Men’s All Tournament Team
Skip – Daniel Wenzek, Douglas College Royals
Third – Logan James, Fanshawe College Falcons
Second – Brayden Carpenter, Douglas College Royals
Lead – Brady St. Louis, Fanshawe College Falcons