MCURL | Voyageurs Bow Out in Quarterfinals at OUA Championships

Photo by Eva Ou
Photo by Eva Ou

The men's curling team were in Waterloo this past weekend against teams from 15 other universities.  After a strong round robin, the men came up just short in the quarterfinals and missed out on their chance for a medal.


In their opening game on Thursday against Trent, the men needed an extra end to secure the 7-6 victory.  Later that night against Waterloo, the men needed a single in the final end to win by the same 7-6 score line to finish day 1 at 2-0.


In their only game on day 2, the Voyageurs were up 4-2 over UOIT at the 4th end break.  The men then stole singles in ends 5, 6 and 7 to earn the 7-2 victory.


Day 3 would see the only blemish on the team's round robin record.  Up 3-1 after 5 ends against the Ryerson Rams, the men gave up 3 in the 7th end and a steal of 1 in the 8th for a 5-3 defeat.  The team bounced back strongly, however, against Algoma later on day 3.  After opening with a 6-spot in the first end, the Voyageurs stole a pair in 2 and 3, and 3 more in the 5th end to cruise to the 13-0 victory.


Day 4 was another perfect day for the Voyageurs but it wasn't easy.  Finding themselves down 5-2 to Queen's at the 4th end break, the men scored back-to-back deuces in the 5th and 6th ends, a single in the 8th to force extras and then stole a single point to win the game.  To close out the round robin, the men tied their game against McMaster at 3 in the 6th end and then stole singles in the 7th and 8th ends for a 5-3 win and a 6-1 record heading into the quarterfinals.


In their quarterfinal against Western on Monday morning, the Voyageurs found themselves down 6-2 at the 4th end break.  They then were able to get a pair of deuces in 5 and 6 and force Western to a single in the 7th end, heading home down 1 with hammer.  The team was looking at a shot for 2 and a trip to the semi-finals with their last rock but Tanner Horgan's stone rubbed the guard, giving Western the steal and the victory, ending the Voyageurs' season.