Women’s Curling News

The Alberta Pandas are the only team to remain perfect after day three of the U SPORTS Curling Championships. The defending champions secured a playoff spot on the women’s side after going 2-0 on Thursday with victories over the Waterloo Warriors and Victoria Vikes.

Teams have begun jockeying for playoff positions as the round-robin portion of the Championship reaches the halfway mark. Waterloo currently sits in second place with a record of 4-1 and is poised to clinch a playoff spot with a win tomorrow. The Dalhousie Tigers and McMaster Marauders round out the top four in the standings with records of 3-2, while the UNB REDS sit just behind them at 2-3. Laurentian, Mount Allison, and Victoria are at the bottom of the standings with records of 1-4, but all teams still have a chance at the final playoff spot, setting up an exciting day of matches tomorrow.

On the men’s side, the Dalhousie Tigers, Alberta Golden Bears, and Laurier Golden Hawks sit atop the standings at 4-1, with Regina holding the fourth seed with a record of 3-2. The Guelph Gryphons and UNB REDS are tied in fifth at 2-3, while the Brock Badgers, at 1-4, still have a narrow chance of securing the final seed. Finally, the Saint Mary’s Huskies were eliminated from playoff contention today after suffering two losses.

The opening draw of the day for the women featured a matchup between two undefeated teams, Alberta and Waterloo. The Pandas showcased their dominance, notably with a four-point third end, on the way to a 9-4 victory over the Warriors. The rest of the morning matches were heavily contested. The Mount Allison Mounties secured their first win of the tournament after stealing the ninth and tenth ends, narrowly edging out the Victoria Vikes 10-9. A triple in the third end helped the McMaster Marauders come out on top against the UNB REDS, 8-6. Meanwhile, the Dalhousie Tigers closed out the morning draw with an 8-6 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs, thanks to back-to-back double ends in the seventh and eighth ends.

In the afternoon draw, UNB skip Jenna Campbell made a crucial draw in the tenth end to prevent a steal of three by Laurentian, securing an 8-6 victory over the Voyageurs. Waterloo managed to fend off Mount Allison with a critical four-point end in the ninth, resulting in handshakes and a 10-6 win for the Warriors. Alberta kept their perfect record intact with a triple in the sixth end, leading to an 8-4 victory over Victoria. Dalhousie used a string of three singles in a row in the eighth, ninth, and tenth, resulting in an 8-5 victory.

The first draw of the day for the men featured four closely contested matches, highlighted by the host UNB REDS scoring a triple in the tenth end to stage a comeback and defeat the Saint Mary’s Huskies 10-9. Despite a late second-half push from the Gryphons, scoring a double in the seventh and stealing three ends to force extras, Brock was able to hold on and grab their first win of the tournament over Guelph, 7-6. Alberta handed Laurier their first loss of the tournament in a close 6-4 battle. Finally, an early triple in the third end helped the Dalhousie Tigers set the tone as they went on to defeat the Regina Cougars, 8-4.

In the final draw of day three, Guelph shocked Dalhousie by handing the Tigers their first loss of the tournament. Guelph scored a four-ender in the first and then stole five in the third to easily defeat the Tigers, 9-2. A triple end in the fifth helped Alberta set the tone on the way to defeating Saint Mary’s 8-4 and eliminating the Huskies from playoff contention. Laurier rebounded from their loss earlier in the day to defeat UNB 9-6. In the closest match of the evening draw, Regina was able to hold on after stealing a triple in the eighth end to defeat Brock 8-6.

Friday marks the final day of round-robin play, and with only one team having locked in a playoff position so far, it should set up for an entertaining day of matches on day four. The action gets underway at 8:30 am AT as the men take to the ice in draw 11.

WOMEN’S STANDINGS

  1. Alberta Pandas 5-0
  2. Waterloo Warriors 4-1
  3. Dalhousie Tigers 3-2
  4. McMaster Marauders 3-2
  5. UNB REDS 2-3
  6. Laurentian Voyageurs 1-4
  7. Mount Allison Mounties 1-4
  8. Victoria Vikes 1-4

 

MEN’S STANDINGS

  1. Dalhousie Tigers 4-1
  2. Alberta Golden Bears 4-1
  3. Laurier Golden Hawks 4-1
  4. Regina Cougars 3-2
  5. Guelph Gryphons 2-3
  6. UNB REDS 2-3
  7. Brock Badgers 1-4
  8. Saint Mary’s Huskies 0-5