Mar 21, 2015
Source: Shelby Blackley, Championship Communications Assistant / Photo credit Trevor Mahoney
Golden Bears and Pandas become second university to claim both team titles
WATERLOO, Ont. (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas swept the 2015 men’s and women’s CIS-Curling Canada Championship titles Saturday afternoon, becoming the second program to claim both team banners in the same year since the inaugural CIS competition was held in 2008.
The only previous program to accomplish the feat was the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in 2008.
Two-time World Junior champion Kelsey Rocque and her rink defeated the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack 7-6 to claim Alberta’s first-ever national gold medal on the women’s side. After going 6-1 in the round robin, Alberta defeated the host Golden Hawks 6-2 in the semifinal.
The Canada West silver medalists played a tight first half of the gold medal draw, trailing 5-3 at the end of six before picking up a huge four in the seventh end to go ahead 7-5. Thompson Rivers tried to claw back, picking up a single in the ninth, but Rocque and her rink ran the Wolfpack out of rocks to secure the win.
Alberta’s vice Taylor MacDonald curled an outstanding 89 per cent to help lead Alberta to the victory.
On the men’s side, Alberta defeated the host Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 6-4 to claim their second national title in school history. After defeating the Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday morning in a rematch of the Canada West championship, the Golden Bears played a tight game with the Hawks.
In the first half of the game, both teams combined for three blanks and a score of 1-1 before Alberta grabbed two in the sixth end. Facing at least four rocks, Laurier skip Aaron Squires drew perfectly to the button to settle for one in the seventh. The teams kept it close, with Laurier coming within one point of Alberta heading home, but Alberta skip Thomas Scoffin played a near perfect game and made a perfect tap for the win. Scoffin curled 90 per cent in the final to lead Alberta.
As for the Hawks, Laurier takes home the silver medal after finishing third in last year’s national championship in Regina, Sask.
The bronze medal games finished with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeating the UPEI Panthers 8-3 on the women’s side, and the Winnipeg Wesmen defeating Saint Mary’s 6-4 on the men’s side.
Laurier and UPEI played a close first half of the match, exchanging singles until the Hawks picked up two in the seventh end. In the eighth, UPEI skip Veronica Smith came up light on her final rock to give Laurier a steal of four, sealing their fate.
This would be Laurier’s second bronze in as many years on the national level. The women have medalled at seven of eight national tournaments, picking up four gold and three bronze overall.
Finally, on the men’s, the Wesmen would take advantage of a couple deuce ends to defeat the Huskies. After being up 2-1 in the fourth, the Canada West champions stole two in fifth to keep a lead before sealing the victory in the eighth with another deuce.
Following the final games, the CIS All-Canadians and award winners were announced (see list below). All-Canadians were determined by a combination of shooting percentages and plus-minus of the players during round robin play.
DAY 4 SCORES
Semifinal: Thompson Rivers 10 – UPEI 1
Semifinal: Alberta 6 – Wilfrid Laurier 2
Bronze: Wilfrid Laurier 8 – UPEI 3
Final: Alberta 7 – Thompson Rivers 6
Semifinal: Alberta 7 – Winnipeg 1
Semifinal: Wilfrid Laurier 9 – Saint Mary’s 2
Bronze: Winnipeg 6 – Saint Mary’s 4
Final: Alberta 6 – Wilfrid Laurier 4
CIS AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
R.W. Pugh Fair Play & Sportsmanship Award:
Women: Aleya Quilty – UPEI
Men: Pedro Malvar – Toronto
Coach of the year:
Women: Gary Coderre – Alberta
Men: Carole MacLean – Saint Mary’s
First All-Canadian Team – Women
Skip: Kelsey Rocque – Alberta
Vice: Amanda Colter – Saint Mary’s
Second: Alison Kotylak – Alberta
Lead: Claire Tully – Alberta
Second All-Canadian Team – Women
Skip: Corryn Brown – Thompson Rivers
Vice: Jane DiCarlo – UPEI
Second: Samantha Fisher – Thompson Rivers
Lead: Ashley Nordin – Thompson Rivers
First All-Canadian Team – Men
Skip: Aaron Squires – Wilfrid Laurier
Vice: Richard Krell – Wilfrid Laurier
Second: Jason Ginter – Alberta
Lead: Fraser Reid – Wilfrid Laurier
Second All-Canadian Team – Men
Skip: Thomas Scoffin – Alberta
Vice: Evan Asmussen – Alberta
Second: Spencer Nuttall – Wilfrid Laurier
Lead: Pedro Malvar – Toronto
FINAL ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS (Top 4 teams advance to medal round)
Wilfrid Laurier 6-1
Saint Mary’s 4-3
Thompson Rivers 7-0
Wilfrid Laurier 5-2
Saint Mary’s 1-6