Posted on: March 22, 2016
It appears that the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the University of Alberta Pandas are on a collision course to add another chapter in their rivalry at the Canadian University Curling Championships.
The WolfPack (skipped by Corryn Brown) and the Pandas (led by Kelsey Rocque) find themselves tied for top spot with two round robin draws to go at the CIS Championships. They are being hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat and the Kelowna Curling Club.
Both the Pandas and TRU have records of 4 and 1 after five draws.
On Monday (Mar 21), the WolfPack opened the day with a 9-4 loss to the University of Guelph Gryphons (skipped by Jestyn Murphy). Brown and her TRU foursome followed up with back to back wins over Wilfred Laurier University (skipped by Chelsea Brandwood) 7-2 and the Dalhousie University Tigers (skipped by Kristen Clark) 10-3.
In the last game, TRU scored one in the first, deuces in both the third and fifth ends. They picked up four in the seventh and stole one in the eighth before they shook hands.
Alberta and Rocque downed Brandon in the evening draw 8-6.
Rocque and Brown met in the Western Canadian final the two years: TRU winning in 2015 and Alberta taking it in 2016. At last year’s, CIS championships in Waterloo, Ontario: Rocque downed Brown in the championship final. The two schools will meet in Tuesday (Mar 22) night’s final round robin draw. That draw is slated for 6 pm. The other draw on Tuesday is at 1 pm and will see Brown and her rink playing Terri Weeks of Brock University. Brock has a win in five starts.
Guelph, Brandon and Dalhousie are tied for second in the standings after two days of play with 3-2 records.
The WolfPack foursome consists of lead Ashley Nordin, second Samantha Fisher, third Erin Pincott and the skip Brown. In the game against Dalhousie, Pincott curled 83 per cent. That was one per cent less than Brown.
TRU doesn’t have a varsity curling team but is supporting the Brown foursome-three of whom also curl together on the Canadian Junior women’s circuit.