With the two teams tied at 2-2, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks exploded for four points in the sixth end and stole a deuce in the seventh for an 8-3 victory over the Mohawk Mountaineers in the women’s tie-breaker at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Curling Championships in Sault Ste. Marie Saturday morning (March 22).
The two teams finished the round robin portion of the event at the Soo Curlers Association club with 4-3 records and had to play the extra game. NAIT also beat Kendall Haymes’ Mountaineers’ rink, 8-3, in draw four of the round robin.
Other members of Haymes’ Mohawk foursome were Vice Avery Thomas, Second Nikki Steep, Lead Allison Vail and Spare Elise Doyle.
With their win in the tie-breaker, the Ooks advanced to meet the Humber Hawks in the women’s semi-final at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will face Red Deer College of Alberta in the title match at 7 p.m. The Queens topped the round robin portion of the event with a 6-1 record and earned a bye to the final.
The Mohawk men finished all alone in fourth place with a 4-3 record, but failed to advance. Members of the Mountaineers rink were Skip James Freeman, Vice Logan James (who threw last rock), Second James Maslen, Lead Cody Strong and Spare Jared Zuliani.
No tie-breaker was required in the men’s section, so NAIT will play host Sault College Cougars in the semi-final at 2 p.m. The winner will take on MacEwan University of Edmonton at 7:00 pm for the gold medal. The MacEwan Griffins were the only undefeated team in the round robin, going 7-0.