Thunder Curlers Claim CCAA 2018-19 National Title

Thunder Curlers Claim CCAA 2018-19 National Title

EDMONTON, AB – MARCH 20, 2019

 

After a long week of competition against the nations top curlers at the 2018-19 CCAA Curling Championships in Fredericton, NB, the Concordia Thunder are your men’s CCAA curling champions!

Coming off of a high from the ACAC conference championships, the Thunder continued their dominant play at the national level finishing the round robin tied with the Fanshawe Falcons with 6-1 record on top of the leaderboard.

In the semifinals, the Thunder were paired up with no other than their conference rival NAIT Ooks who finished third in the round robin with 5-2 record. After beating the Ooks in their first meeting of the tournament, the Thunder once again were able to display excellence when it mattered most taking down the Ooks 6-3 to advance to the gold medal game.

The Humber Hawks who finished their round robin 4-3, managed to upset the Fanshawe Falcons 7-5 in the semifinal setting a date with the Thunder in the finals. In the gold medal game those strikes came early and often with Concordia jumping out to an 8-2 lead on the Hawks after six ends. The Thunder scored doubles in the first and third ends and three points in the sixth. From there they settled in and did not allow the Hawks to get any momentum. Humber put up a fight, scoring two in the eighth, but it was too little too late, and Concordia locked down 10-4 win and their first ever men's curling national championship.

Concordia curled 80% as a team with Cody Holowaychuk (90%) and Evan Van Amsterdam (89%) tops on the squad. Despite the loss Humber curled an impressive 89% as a team in which Benjamin Hughes was almost flawless at 96% and Matthew Garner curled a strong 89%.

In the men's battle for bronze, the NAIT Ooks also scored in bunches with three in the second end, two in the third and four in the sixth to take a commanding 9-4 lead against the Fanshaw Falcons. The Falcons got one back but the Ooks held on for a 9-5 victory to win the bronze medal. Brett Winfield curled 95% and Jonah Tobinski 92% to lead the Ooks while Brady St. Louis had a good game for the Falcons checking in at 85%.

The top men's performers from the championship were honoured at the Awards Banquet later in the evening. The list of Award winners includes:

Final Standings

http://www.ccaa.ca/logos/ccaa/gold_leaf.png  Concordia Thunder

http://www.ccaa.ca/logos/ccaa/silver_leaf.png  Humber Hawks

http://www.ccaa.ca/logos/ccaa/bronze_leaf.png   NAIT Ooks

 

 

First Team All-Stars

Lead: Benjamin Hughes - Humber
Second: Brad Lumley - Humber
Third: Jonah Tobinski - NAIT
Skip: Charlie Richard – Fanshawe

Second Team All-Stars

Lead: Jared Mason - Lakeland
Second: Eric Jones - Fanshawe
Third: Jacob Reid - Sault
Skip: Evan Van Amsterdam - Concordia

 

 

CCAA Fair Play Award

http://www.ccaa.ca/logos/ccaa/CCAA_-_Leaf.png?max_height=20&max_width=20  Aaron Soulliere - Sault

Curling Canada Coaching Award

http://www.ccaa.ca/logos/ccaa/CCAA_-_Leaf.png?max_height=20&max_width=20  Taina Smiley - Concordia

 

Congratulations to Taina Smiley and the CCAA national champion Thunder men’s curling team on an incredible season!