(LEDUC, AB) - (U SPORTS) – UNB’s Jack Smeltzer rink has secured a spot in the semi-finals at the U SPORTS Curling Championships, in Leduc, Alberta.
The Varsity Reds foursome scored a 10-6 win over Atlantic University Sports rivals Dal on Monday night, improving to 4-2 with one draw remaining.
The Varsity Reds scored two in the seventh end and three in the ninth to win the re-match of the AUS finalists.
Waterloo and Alberta have also earned playoff spots on the men’s side of the championships, while all four playoff spots on the women’s side have been decided.
The Brock Badgers held on to their grip atop the women’s standings with a 5-1 record following Draw Six, while Mount Allison, Alberta, and Thompson Rivers also secured spots in the national semi-finals by improving to 4-2.
Brock, Alberta and Mount Allison went a combined 6-0 on Monday to advance to Tuesday’s national semi-finals.The Badgers had little trouble in either of their draws, while both Mount Allison and Alberta needed extra end wins to punch their ticket to the semifinals. The Pandas capped off a wild third day with a thrilling 10-9 extra-end win over Laurier, who were eliminated by Alberta.
“It was good we had a lead, as we let them come back a little at the end. But we felt we were always in control of the game,” said Pandas skip Kristen Streifel, whose Pandas led Laurier 8-4 after six. “Now that we are in the semi-final, I think we can relax a bit and get a better feel of the ice and the rocks. Hopefully we can also get some momentum in the final draw against Brock and carry it into the semi-final.”
On the men’s side, the Waterloo Warriors earned a fifth consecutive win to move into first place with a 5-1 record. Alberta and UNB both improved to 4-2.
With 3-3 records, Winnipeg and Dalhousie sit fourth and fifth in the standings, with Winnipeg holding the tie-breaker thanks to a 5-4 win in Draw Three. The Ryerson Rams sit one game behind the Wesmen and Tigers with a 2-4 record.
The Wesmen will also seemingly have the advantage in Draw Seven on Tuesday, as they finish their round robin schedule against the 1-5 Regina Cougars. The Tigers, meanwhile, finish against Waterloo. Needing a win and some help above them in the standings, Ryerson will battle UNB.
The final draw of 2018 U SPORTS Curling Championships gets underway at 4:00pm Atlantic, with both the men’s and women’s semi-final matches scheduled for 10:30pm Atlantic.
The winners advance to the gold medal match Wednesday, with a spot at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on the line.
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