Sault College Mixed Captures Silver at the 2017 OCAA Curling Championships

Championship Sunday in OCAA Curling action didn’t disappoint as 12 teams set out to claim provincial glory for their colleges at the Community First Curling Centre. The capacity crowd was treated to great games of curling with each game hotly contested by each college. Humber College pulled off the stunning feat of winning gold medals in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions; becoming the first school to ever accomplish the triple gold.

In mixed play, after morning semi-final wins the Humber Hawks faced off against the Sault Cougars in gold medal action while the Fanshawe Falcons and Fleming Knights hit the ice for bronze. The gold medal game was a cat and mouse game with both teams trading singles to sit ties 2-2 at the forth end break.  After the break however the Hawks pulled away with steals of 1 in the next to ends and capped if off with a steal of 3 in the seventh end to claim the championship 6-2 over the Cougars. In the bronze game it took an extra end as the Falcons continued the larceny theme and stole 1 in that end to best the Knights 7-6.

On the women’s side, Humber and Niagara punched their card to the final with wins over Fanshawe and Fleming respectively in the morning semi finals. A back and forth final saw the Hawks and Knights trading rocks for the first few ends but a pair of deuces in both the fourth and sixth ends by Humber proved the difference. Those two ends of multiple points proved to be the difference as Humber took one in the eigth to claim the title with a 6-4 victory. In the bronze game, Fanshawe’s seventh end take of four points led to handshakes as they downing Fleming 8-3 to earn the medal.

Finally, men’s action saw both 2016 CCAA Champion Humber Hawks take on 2016 OCAA Fanshawe Falcons in the final; each besting Mohawk and Sault Colleges respectively in the semis. At the mid-way point the Hawks were clinging to a 2-1 lead but that all changed when they stole 3 points in the sixth end to take command. Although the Falcons bounced back with their own 3 in the seventh – Humber ran them out of rocks in the eight to claim the championship. In the bronze match, a string of single steals in multiple ends by Mohawk proved too much for the Sault as they fell 5-4 just coming shy of the rings in eight; the Mountaineers earning the medal.

Up next for the OCAA Medalists are the CCAA National Championships for men and women to be held next month in Camrose, Alberta.

Host Sault College would like to thank all those who came out to support collegiate curling along with the Community First Curling Centre, BelairDirect, Goldline, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Curlers Association for making the 2017 Championships memorable for all.


Fair Play Awards
Ron Fearon Award – St. Clair College

Vern Dow Award – St. Clair College

Hap Holman Award – Fleming College

OCAA Coach of the Year
Jordan Thin – Niagara College

All Stars

Second Team Lead – Robert Taylor – Sault College

2nd – Jonah Paquette – Humber College

3rd – Nicole McClennan – Fleming College

Skip – Michael Morra – Humber College

First Team Lead – Nadia Marast – Humber College

2nd – Angelica Muscedere – Fanshawe College

3rd – Nick Klein – Sault College

Skip – Sandy Toole – Sault College

Second Team Lead – Emma Caldwell – Niagara College

2nd – Nikkita Campbell – Fleming College

3rd – Kaitlyn Poirier – Fanshawe College

Skip – Sara Westman – Fanshawe College

First Team Lead – Isabelle Allan – Fanshawe College

2nd – Heidi Beck – Humber College

3rd – Jillian Page – Fleming College

Skip – Cassie Paccanaro – Humber College

Second Team Lead – Brandon Twinning – Fanshawe College

2nd – Kyle Mills – Humber College

3rd – Sean Armstrong – Humber College

Skip – Charlie Richard – Fanshawe College

First Team Lead – Brad Manson – Sault College

2nd – Brady St. Louis – Fanshawe College

3rd – Tyler Twinning – Fanshawe College

Skip – Zack Shurtleff – Humber College

Mixed Gold – Humber College

Silver – Sault College

Bronze – Fanshawe College

Women Gold – Humber College

Silver – Niagara College

Bronze – Fanshawe College

Men Gold – Humber College

Silver – Fanshawe College

Bronze – Mohawk College

Championship Results
Men (Semi Finals)

Humber Hawks 8 – Mohawk Mountaineers 2

Fanshawe Falcons 4 – Sault Cougars 2

Gold Match: Humber Hawks 6 – Fanshawe Falcons

Bronze Match: Mohawk Mountaineers 5 – Sault Cougars 4

Women (Semi Finals)
Niagara Knights 7 – Fleming Knights 5

Humber Hawks 5 – Fanshawe Falcons 4

Gold Match: Humber Hawks 6 – Niagara Knights 4

Bronze Match: Fanshawe Falcons 8– Fleming Knights 3

Mixed (Semi Finals)
Humber Hawks 10 – Fanshawe Falcons 3

Sault Cougars 10 – Fleming Knights 4

Gold Match: Humber Hawks 6 – Sault Cougars 2

Bronze Match: Fanshawe Falcons 7 – Fleming Knights 6

Source: Sault College Athletics

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