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Memorial men's rink takes undefeated record into U Sports playoff round

Skip Adam Boland has guided the Memorial Sea-Hawks to a first-place round-robin finish at the 2017 U Sports Canadian men’s university curling championship in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Skip Adam Boland has guided the Memorial Sea-Hawks to a first-place round-robin finish at the 2017 U Sports Canadian men’s university curling championship in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Adam Boland and his Memorial University rink will take an undefeated record into the playoff round beginning Wednesday morning at the U Sports Canadian university men’s curling championship in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Boland, third Stephen Trickett, second Zach Young and lead Evan Kearley won all seven of their games in preliminary play, finishing with two wins Tuesday — 7-6 over Atlantic conference (AUS) rival Dalhousie in an afternoon game and 9-6 over Queens University of Kingston, Ont., in the final round-robin draw.
The game against Dal provided the closest call of the competition so far for the Memorial rink, which trailed 6-5 entering the 10th end without hammer, but Boland proceeded to steal two points from the Tigers to keep the winning streak alive.
It’s a streak that’s reached 13 consecutive games at the collegiate level, since Boland and the Sea-Hawks were a perfect 6-0 in capturing the AUS title in Truro, N.S., last month.
The top four teams in the eight-team Thunder Bay event advance to Wednesday’s semifinal round, where Memorial — coached by Gary Ryan — will take on the fourth-place finisher, which may need to be decided through a tiebreaking method.
Wednesday's semifinals are 10:30 a.m. (NT), with the gold- and bronze-medal games at 3:30 p.m. (NT).
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Two other rinks from St. John’s are competing in national curling events this week.
In Fredericton, N.B., at the Everest Canadian senior championships, Newfoundland and Labrador entries skipped by Diane Roberts and Mark Noseworthy are both 2-2 after a couple of days of round-robin play.
Roberts, third Heather Martin, second Tish Tiller and lead Candace Thomas edged the Northwest Territories 8-7 Tuesday afternoon after losing 8-6 to Saskatchewan, skipped by former Scottites Tournament of Hearts runner-up Sherry Anderson.
On the men’s side, Noseworthy, third Alex Smith, second Peter Hollett and Lead Ross Young downed the Yukon Tuesday night after falling to P.E.I. 7-3 earlier in the day.
Both Newfoundland teams finish their round-robin schedules with two games Wednesday. The senior events — like the Tournament of Hearts and Brier will be next year — are divided into two pools, with the top four finishers in in each pool advancing to the playoff round starting Thursday, while the remaining teams go to a seeding/consolation division.

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