Winter Regional Delivers Excitement As ACAC Championship Spots Remain On The Line

Winter Regional Delivers Excitement As ACAC Championship Spots Remain On The Line

Edmonton, AB – The second day of the ACAC Curling Winter Regional saw four competitive draws across the men's, women's, and mixed team events. While the women's division has the top four decided for ACAC championships qualification, marquee matchups on the final day on Sunday have post-season implications for a couple hopeful medal contenders on the men's and mixed sides.

Men's Division – Day 2

Day 2 of the men's draw at the ACAC Winter Regional was routine for the top two teams as the Concordia Thunder cruised through round robin play with an unblemished 4-0 record and the Red Deer College Kings showed their form from the Fall Regional to sit at 3-1. Sunday's final round robin matchup between these squads could be a preview for the upcoming ACAC Championships. For the rest of the field, moving day lived up to the hype with some high scoring games. The battle for the final two spots at ACAC Championships could be any one of the four teams left in the hunt. A win for the NAIT Ooks tomorrow will confirm their trip to conference championships, though Augustana, Olds, and Lakeland all have a shot.

Results – Draw #3:

  • Red Deer Kings defeated the Olds Broncos 10-4
  • Concordia Thunder defeated the Augustana Vikings 9-1
  • Lakeland Rustlers defeated the NAIT Ooks 6-3

Results – Draw #4:

  • NAIT Ooks defeated the Augustana Vikings 7-1
  • Concordia Thunder defeated the Olds Broncos 8-2

Results – Draw #5:

  • Red Deer Kings defeated the Lakeland Rustlers 10-2

Results – Draw #6:

  • Concordia Thunder defeated the NAIT Ooks 8-3
  • Olds Broncos defeated the Lakeland Rustlers 10-1
  • Red Deer Kings defeated the Augustana Vikings 7-3

Standings:

Team

Fall Regional

Winter Regional

Overall Standings

Red Deer College

5-0

3-1

8-1

Concordia University of Edmonton

3-2

4-0

7-2

NAIT

2-3

2-2

4-5

U of A-Augustana

2-3

1-3

3-6

Olds College

2-3

1-3

3-6

Lakeland College

1-4

1-3

2-7

 Women's Division – Day 2

After an exciting second day of curling in the women's draw, the top four teams have punched their tickets to the ACAC Curling Championships in Camrose.  The Concordia Thunder lead the pack at 9-1, with the NAIT Ooks (8-3), Red Deer Queens (7-3), and MacEwan Griffins (6-4) not far behind to round out the top four. Sunday's matchups will feature the Thunder taking on the Queens and the Ooks against the Griffins with bragging rights and the final regular season rankings on the line.

Results – Draw #3:

  • Concordia Thunder defeated the Augustana Vikings 6-2
  • NAIT Ooks defeated the Olds Broncos 8-1
  • Red Deer Queens defeated the Lakeland Rustlers 8-3

Results – Draw #4:

  • Red Deer Queens defeated the MacEwan Griffins 7-2

Results – Draw #5:

  • MacEwan Griffins defeated the Olds Broncos 9-2
  • Concordia Thunder defeated the Lakeland Rustlers 6-2
  • NAIT Ooks defeated the Augustana Vikings 8-5

Results – Draw #6:

  • Augustana Vikings defeated the Lakeland Rustlers 5-4
  • Red Deer Queens defeated the NAIT Ooks 5-2

Standings:

Team

Fall Regional

Winter Regional

Overall Standings

Concordia University of Edmonton

6-0

3-1

9-1

NAIT

4-2

4-1

8-3

Red Deer College

3-3

4-0

7-3

MacEwan University

4-2

2-2

6-4

U of A-Augustana

1-5

2-3

3-8

Olds College

2-4

0-4

2-8

Lakeland College

1-5

0-4

1-9

Mixed Division – Day 2

The mixed division has been full of surprises on day 2 of the winter regional with the NAIT Ooks making a power play to the top of the leaderboard after a perfect 4-0 start to the tournament. The MacEwan Griffins have held their position to match NAIT with an overall 7-2 record, as both teams have qualified for conference championships. Despite the dominant start in draw #1 for the Portage Voyageurs, the team has struggled to find the win column in the later draws since. Thanks to a strong Fall Regional, the Voyageurs will join the Griffins and Ooks in Camrose for the ACAC championships. The final spot is still up for grabs with both Red Deer and Lakeland in the mix to make it.

Results – Draw #3:

  • No mixed teams played in draw #3.

Results – Draw #4:

  • Red Deer Athletics defeated the Olds Broncos 7-0
  • NAIT Ooks defeated the Portage Voyageurs 8-5
  • Lakeland Rustlers defeated the MacEwan Griffins 8-6

Results – Draw #5:

  • NAIT Ooks defeated the Olds Broncos 6-5

Results – Draw #6:

  • MacEwan Griffins defeated the Portage Voyageurs 6-5
  • Red Deer Athletics defeated the Lakeland Rustlers 7-2

Standings:

Team

Fall Regional

Winter Regional

Overall Standings

MacEwan University

4-1

3-1

7-2

NAIT

3-2

4-0

7-2

Portage College

5-0

1-3

6-3

Red Deer College

2-3

2-2

4-5

Lakeland College

1-4

2-2

3-6

Olds College

0-5

0-4

0-9

The top four teams in each division will move on to the ACAC Curling Championships taking place in Camrose, AB on February 16-18, 2018 and hosted by the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings. The best men's and women's curling teams will continue on to CCAA Curling National Championships Leduc, AB from March 24-28, 2018.

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About the CUE Thunder: The Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder Athletics program has a proud history of excellence at the highest levels both provincially and nationally. The Thunder have been a part of the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC) since 1992 and have more than 200 student-athletes representing the institution in the sports of badminton, basketball, cross country running, curling, golf, hockey, indoor track, soccer, and volleyball. To learn more about Thunder Athletics, please visit www.gothunder.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Joel Mrak, Athletics Director
Concordia University of Edmonton, Thunder Athletics Department
Phone: (780) 479-9321
Email: joel.mrak@concordia.ab.ca

About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to provide competitive collegiate sport experiences, promote academic achievement and be a leader of sport development in Canada. For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca.

For additional information, contact:

Mark Kosak, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (403) 875-7329
Email: markk@acac.ab.ca