Mohawk curlers stay alive at curling final

The Mohawk women’s team will play in a tie-breaker Saturday morning (March 22) but the men will not advance at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Curling Championship at Sault Ste. Marie.

Women's vice Avery Thomas looks on as Mohawk defeated Seneca, 10-3, on Friday.  (Photo: CCAA/Sault Sports)

Women’s vice Avery Thomas looks on as Mohawk defeated Seneca, 10-3, on Friday. (Photo: CCAA/Sault Sports)

Kendall Haymes’ women’s rink whipped Seneca, 10-3, scoring three points in each of the fifth and seventh ends on Friday night. The Mountaineers finished round robin play with a 4-3 record. That’s the same as Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and the teams will square off in the tie-breaker Saturday morning at 9:30 at the Soo Curlers Association.

The winner of the game will advance to the 2 p.m. semi-final against Humber, which went through the round robin with a 5-2 mark. Red Deer College, at 6-1, has a bye to the final against the semi-final winner.

The Mohawk women started Friday on a strong note, an 8-1, seven-end romp over winless Fanshawe. The Mountaineers scored five in the first end, stole two in the second and stole a single in the third end. That win was followed by 6-2 loss to the Humber Hawks. Haymes’ rink fell behind in the fifth end when, with the score tied 1-1, Humber counted two. Then the Hawks scored two in the eighth and sealed the victory stealing one in the ninth end.

The Mohawk men also finished with a 4-3 record, after rallying from a 3-0 first end deficit to top NAIT, 9-7. However, the James Freeman rink wound up alone in fourth place, so there will be no tie-breaker for them. NAIT and host Sault College, who were each 5-2, will meet in the semi-final and the winner will take on MacEwan University of Edmonton for the championship. MacEwan wound up 7-0 and was the only undefeated team in the round robin.

The Mohawk men started the day defeating Portage College of Alberta, 9-3, in eight ends in the morning’s draw five.

With Logan James throwing last rock for the Freeman-skipped rink, the Mountaineers got off to a great start, scoring four in the first end and stealing one in the second. After a pair of singles by Portage, Mohawk counted two in the fifth end and were on their way to victory, upping their record to 3-2.

In the afternoon draw, the team trailed by two points with the hammer going into the 10th end. But they could not pull it off and fell 7-5 to unbeaten MacEwan University of Edmonton.

The Mountaineer women meet another Ontario rival, the Seneca Sting, in the seventh and final round robin draw at 8:00 pm.

The gold medal matches will be at 7 pm.