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.
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.