The 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling Canada Championships kicked off in Leduc, Alberta on Saturday afternoon with 16 of the top men's and women's college and university teams from across Canada competing for a CCAA national title. Defending national champions from Fanshawe College (2017 men's champion) and Red Deer College (2017 women's champion) are looking to repeat as champions against a competitive field from the PacWest, ACAC, OCAA, and ACAA conferences.
Draw 1 on the women's side featured the 2017 national champion Red Deer Queens (0-1) against the Niagara Knights (1-0). The Knights won the OCAA Championship in February and are looking for redemption after just missing out on the podium at last year's national event. The Knights came out to an early lead and never looked back, downing the Queens 8-5. Knights third Courtney Smith was outstanding, curling at 86% for the match.
The all-ACAC matchup between the MacEwan University Griffins (0-1) and the NAIT Ooks (1-0) went down to the last stone with the Ooks coming out on top 6-5. The Holland College Hurricanes (1-0) found the win column after a 9-4 decision over the Fleming Knights (0-1), while the Fanshawe Falcons (1-0) ran away with a 9-3 win over the Camosun Chargers (0-1).
Draw 2 featured an exciting, high-scoring matchup between the Camosun College Chargers (0-2) and the Red Deer College Queens (1-1). The Chargers erased a deficit by scoring four in the 8th end to tie the game at 7-7 before the Queens pulled ahead on the home stretch to run the Chargers out of rocks on their way to a 11-7 win.
The Holland Hurricanes (1-1) shook hands after 8 ends with the MacEwan University Griffins (1-1), as the Griffins rolled to a 12-3 win. The Niagara College Knights (2-0) found their second win of the day after defeating the Fanshawe Falcons (1-1) 6-2 in a rematch of the OCAA championship final. The NAIT Ooks (2-0) join Niagara College at the top of the standings, picking up an 8-5 win over the Fleming College Knights (0-2).
In Draw 1, the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings (1-0) finally got the best of the ACAC Champion Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder (0-2) after a couple mistakes late in the game sealed a 9-6 decision for the Vikings. Skip Andrew Klassen curled at 80% for the Vikings en route to the win.
The Sault Cougars (1-0) started off with a hard fought 5-4 win over the Red Deer Kings (0-1) in a tight back and forth affair. PACWEST champion Douglas Royals (1-0) set the tone early on their way to a 10-4 win over the Fanshawe Falcons (0-1), while the NAIT Ooks (1-0) cruised to a 9-5 victory over the Niagara College Knights (0-1).
Teams started to figure out the arena ice a bit more in Draw 2, with the four competitive matches. The featured match that was live-streamed on CBC online between the Concordia Thunder (1-1) and the Red Deer King's (0-2) needed the extra end with the Thunder pulling off the nail-biter to steal 3 in the 11th end to walk off the ice with a 8-5 win.
The Douglas Royals (2-0) stayed perfect in round robin play with an 8-6 win over the Niagara Knights (0-2) behind a strong performance by 2nd Brayden Carpenter who curled 80% for the game. The Augustana Vikings (2-0) also remained undefeated after coming out on top 6-5 in a tight match vs the Sault Cougars. The Fanshawe Falcons (1-1) earned their first win of the championships with a close 8-6 win over the NAIT Ooks (1-1).
Standings after Day 1
|Women's Teams||Record||Men's Teams||Record|
|Niagara Knights||2-0||Augustana Vikings||2-0|
|NAIT Ooks||2-0||Douglas Royals||2-0|
|MacEwan Griffins||1-1||Fanshawe Falcons||1-1|
|Red Deer Queens||1-1||Concordia Thunder||1-1|
|Fanshawe Falcons||1-1||Sault Cougars||1-1|
|Holland Hurricanes||1-1||NAIT Ooks||1-1|
|Camosun Chargers||0-2||Red Deer Kings||0-2|
|Fleming Knights||0-2||Niagara Knights||0-2|
Sheet G will be televised throughout the 2018 CCAA Curling Canada National Championships, and will be available for viewing online at www.cbc.ca/sports.