Surprise, Surprise-Alberta vs TRU in USPORTS Women’s Curling Final

  Posted on: March 27, 2018

Brown foursome with their Western Canadian banner (photo supplied)

It seems only fitting in a way that the final time Corryn Brown and her Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s curling team would be playing for a national university title, it would be against the University of Alberta Pandas

That’s the match up for the 2018 finale on Wednesday (Mar 28) in Leduc, Alberta after both schools won their respective semifinals on Tuesday (Mar 27) night.

The WolfPack edged out the Brock University Badgers 8-7 in their semi while Alberta dumped the Mount Allison Mounties 8-3 in their semifinal. Brown and her rink consisting of third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Samantha Fisher will be meeting Alberta skipped by Kristen Streifel.

In the round robin, Alberta was one of two rinks to down the WolfPack, the Western Canadian champions. The Pandas took Thompson Rivers 10-5 in draw two on Saturday night (Mar 24).

In the semifinal against Brock, the Badgers opened up a 2-0 lead after the first end. But TRU got a deuce in the second and stole two more in the third. Eventually, the WolfPack led 5-2 after four ends.

Brock pulled to within one (5-4) with a deuce in the fifth end. The squads exchanged points the next three ends with TRU scoring one in the sixth and eighth ends. After Brock tied things at 7 with two points in the ninth end, Brown used the hammer to her advantage and picked up the winning point in the 10 th.

Both rinks curled 80 per cent in the match. Fisher had 83 per cent, Hawes and Pincott curled 81 per cent while Brown curled 75 per cent.
The Alberta/TRU gold medal match on Wednesday (Mar 28) at Noon MDT has more than the national championship at stake. The winner also goes to the 2019 World Universaide games in Russia next March.

These two schools met in the gold medal match of both the 2015-16 and 2014-15 CIS Curling Nationals . In 2014-15 in Waterloo, Ontario, On March 22, 2015, Brown lost to Kelsey Rocque of Alberta 7-6 in an extra end. One year later,in Kelowna, BC. Brown lost to Rocque again in an extra end to decide the gold medal. The score on March 26, 2016 was 5-4 in an extra end.

Brock will face Mount Allison in the bronze medal match on Wednesday also at noon.