CCAA/U SPORTS Playoffs Set!

Concordia Thunder vice-skip Payton Sonnenberg (front) calls like while Humber Hawks skip Meaghan Mallet (front, left) and vice-skip Parker Doig (front, right) look on. Both teams have qualified for the women’s playoff at the 2023 CCAA/Curling Canada College Championships (Photo, Curling Canada/Duncan Bell)

Playoffs set to begin Sunday at CCAA and U SPORTS Championships

CCAA News:

Women’s Championship

The women’s playoffs will feature the Humber Hawks (6-1), Niagara Knights (6-1), Concordia Thunder (5-2) and Augustana Vikings (4-3) at the 2023 CCAA Curling Canada Championships. Humber plays Augustana and Niagara takes on Concordia.

In the afternoon draw, Niagara and Concordia competed for the top spot while Red Deer and Augustana battled for fourth. Niagara drew first blood, but CUE held a 6-3 lead with four to play. Niagara secured a single in the seventh and then stole one in each of the last three ends to squeak past the Thunder 7-6. The result kept Niagara alone on top while Concordia dropped to third with one Draw to play. 

The Vikings jumped out to an early lead forcing the Queens to play catch-up. Coming out the break it was still anyone’s game, but Augustana scored three in the eighth to lock up a 10-4 win and pull even with RDP at 4-3 in the Standings. The SAIT Trojans and Fanshawe Falcons played a spirited contest, trading leads and testing each other’s shot making. Fanshawe came away with the 11-10 extra-ends win after scoring an incredible four points in the 10th. Humber moved into sole second place with their 16-1 victory over the Sault Cougars.

A marquee matchup of the final draw saw Niagara and Humber striving to secure the top seed for the playoffs. It was a back-and-forth contest from the start with neither team able to distance themselves from their opponent. Niagara scored two in the ninth to tie things up heading into the final end. Humber placed stones throughout the house, but Niagara held shot rock after their final throw. Humber then delivered the hammer, knocking Niagara out and earning five points to claim the match 10-5 and the number one seed.

Red Deer did all they could to improve their chances by downing SAIT 12-3, but their fate was in the hands of Augustana. The Vikings got out to an early lead against Fanshawe, but the Falcons pulled within one going into the tenth. The Vikings held the hammer and used it to secure the 7-5 win and fourth place seed in the playoffs. Concordia locked up the third-place seed with a 12-3 win over Sault.

Men’s Championship

The Mohawk Mountaineers (6-1), Humber Hawks (6-1), Sault Cougars (5-2), and SAIT Trojans (5-2) clinched the men’s semi-final berths at the 2023 CCAA Curling Canada Championships. Mohawk will face SAIT and Humber will battle Sault.

The men started things off on Day Four with a couple of matches featuring playoff implications. The CCAA’s version of the Battle of Alberta had the NAIT Ooks hoping to play spoiler against their ACAC rivals. The Ooks fell behind early, but a strong second half had them within two points of SAIT entering the final end. Needing to steal, NAIT held shot rock multiple times only to have the Trojans skillfully pick off each one. The 6-4 victory secured SAIT a spot in the semi-finals.

Another rivalry match, featuring Humber and Mohawk, saw the Mountaineers hand the Hawks their first loss, leading to three teams being tied atop the standings at 5-1. Sault was that third team thanks to their 10-3 win over the Concordia Thunder. Augustana and Fleming rounded out the morning draw, with the Vikings defeating the Knights 10-5.

In the afternoon, Mohawk had a straightforward objective, win and they would clinch first place based on head-to-head results. Win they did, putting up big scores in the fourth and sixth ends on route to a 10-3 victory over Concordia. 

The SAIT Trojans were the feel good story of the Men’s pool. Entering as the fourth placed team from the ACAC, the Trojans lost their first two matches but then won five straight, including a 12-5 conquest of the Augustana Vikings to wrap up round robin play. The Trojans were also responsible for Mohawk’s lone defeat, and the two will now square off in the semi-finals. 

Humber and Sault finished second and third respectively following the Hawks dominant 11-3 win against the Cougars. The two will meet in the other semi-final. NAIT and Fleming wrapped up their tournament play with a competitive outing from both squads that saw the Ooks earn the eventual 9-4 win. 

Final Standings

Women’s TeamsRecordMen’s TeamsRecord
Humber Hawks 6-1Mohawk Mountaineers6-1
Niagara Knights6-1Humber Hawks6-1
Concordia Thunder5-2Sault Cougars5-2
Augustana Vikings4-3SAIT Trojans5-2
Red Deer Queens4-3Concordia Thunder2-5
Fanshawe Falcons2-5NAIT Ooks2-5
SAIT Trojans1-6Augustana Vikings2-5
Sault Cougars0-7Fleming Knights0-7

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Memorial Univserty Sea-Hawks sweepers tend to a stone at the 2023 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Universtiy Women’s Championship (Photo, Curling Canada/Duncan Bell)


As day four of the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championships got underway, all 16 teams had one thing on their mind; book a spot in the semi-finals.  When it was all said and done, four men’s teams and four women’s teams assured themselves of a chance at a medal while the remaining eight teams had their Championship come to an end.

The men kicked things off with the morning draw and the two front-runners secured their tickets to Sunday with a pair of victories.  The Laurier Golden Hawks never scored less than two and used a three-ender in the fifth and massive steal of four in the eighth to down the Calgary Dinos 11-8.  In contrasting fashion, the Dalhousie Tigers only had one multiple-point end but used a big steal in the ninth to defeat the Laurentian Voyageurs 5-3.  The Queen’s Gaels had a flair for the dramatic as, after being down 7-3 through six ends, the Gaels rhymed off scores of 2, 3, 1, and 1 in the final four ends to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 10-7 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies.  The Alberta Golden Bears also kept their playoff dreams alive and well as they kept the UNB Reds off the board until the fifth end and cruised to a 7-3 win.

In the afternoon draw, two games had direct playoff implications.  The winner of the Alberta-Queen’s matchup, both at 3-3, would punch their ticket to Sunday while Laurentian would join them with a win while a Voyageurs loss would set up a tie between three or four teams for the final spot.  In the Alberta-Queen’s matchup, the Gaels put a stranglehold on the game, scoring seven points over the first four ends, and cruised to a 10-3 win.  In the Laurentian-Calgary battle, the Dinos opened up with three before the Voyageurs bounced back with two of their own.  After their opening flurry, the scoring ground to a halt with three total points being scored over the next seven ends to leave the teams knotted at four heading to the final end.  With the Voyageurs sitting two, the Dinos needed a piece of the button with the game’s final shot.  Unfortunately, for Calgary, the draw came up well short and the Voyageurs made sure there would be no tiebreaker, winning 6-4.

In the other two games of the draw, Laurier scored five points in the ninth end to earn a 9-6 victory over Dalhousie and clinched the top seed, forcing the Tigers to settle for the second seed. UNB opened with six unanswered points to cruise to an 11-7 win over Saint Mary’s in what would end up being both team’s final game of the Championship.

On the women’s side, the hometown Laurentian Voyageurs avenged their loss in the OUA Championship game and defeated the McMaster Marauders 4-3 on the strength of steals in both the seventh and eighth ends, clinching a semi-final spot in the process.  The Memorial Sea-Hawks stole a total of seven points to down the Dalhousie Tigers 9-2 while the Alberta Pandas used back-to-back steals of three to vanquish the UPEI Panthers 10-4 in eight ends.  In the final game on the ice, the TMU Bold used a big three-ender in the ninth to help force an extra end, however, it was Victoria stealing a single in the extra frame for the 7-6 win to keep their title quest alive.

In the evening draw, three of the four playoff spots were on the line and all seven remaining teams had a path to get there.  Laurentian, the one team already assured of a spot in the playoffs, blanked the first the ends against Victoria before converting a deuce and promptly stealing four before the break, cruising to a 7-2 win and ending the Vikes quest to play on Sunday.  Right next door, Dalhousie converted for multiple points in every odd end while forcing UPEI to singles in the even ends, on their way to an 11-4 win and, at a minimum, in the tiebreaker discussion.  Needing a win to ensure their name was mentioned that discussion, Alberta stole a total of seven points and cruised to a 10-3 victory over Memorial, leaving both teams at 4-3.  In the final game on the ice, TMU needed a win to join the group at 4-3.  McMaster had other plans, however, and, on the strength of two steals, the Marauders finished their Championship with an 8-5 win over the Bold.

With the round robin in the books, all focus now turns to the four semi-final games at 9:30am tomorrow morning before the medal games at 2:30pm tomorrow.  On the women’s side, Laurentian battles Dalhousie while Memorial matches up against Alberta.  On the men’s side, Laurier battles Queen’s while Dalhousie and Laurentian go toe-to-toe.


1 Laurentian Voyageurs 4-1

2 Memorial Sea-Hawks 4-3

3 Alberta Pandas 4-3

4 Dalhousie Tigers 4-3

5 Toronto Metropolitan University Bold 3-4

6 McMaster Marauders  3-4

7 Prince Edward Island Panthers 2-5

8 Victoria Vikes 2-5


1 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 6-1

2 Dalhousie Tigers 5-2

3 Laurentian Voyageurs 4-3

4 Queen’s Golden Gaels 4-3

5 Alberta Golden Bears 3-4

6 New Brunswick Reds 3-4

7 Calgary Dinos 2-5

8 Saint Mary’s Huskies 1-6

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