The Memorial Sea-Hawks curling team skipped by Greg Blyde scored two points in the extravend for an important 9-7 victory over the Western Ontario Mustangs at the U Sports Canadian university men’s curling championship Sunday in Fredericton, N.B.
The result in the 11-end game leaves the Sea-Hawks with a 4-2 record and in a three-way, second-place tie with Alberta and Carleton in the eight-team event.
Four teams advance to the medal-round playoffs.
Memorial’s last round-robin game is this morning against AUS champion Dalhousie, which sits in first place at 5-1. But even with a loss to the Tigers, the Blyde rink is well-positioned to move on, having already defeated Carleton and Western (3-3), the only other teams in playoff contention.
Blyde is from St. John’s, but the other three members of the team — Daniel Bruce (who throws fourth stones), Ryan McNeil Lamswood and Nathan King — are from the west coast of the province. They finished third behind Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick at the AUS championship in St. John’s last month, but with UNB already in the U Sports championship as host team and the Atlantic conference getting two other berths for the nationals, the Sea-Hawks earned a place in Fredericton this week.
It's the rink's second national championship in the last couple of months. In January, Blyde and Co. made it to the championship round of the Canadian junior men's in Prince Alberta, Sask., where they finished with a 5-5 record.
The men’s U Sports championship is one of four being held concurrently in the Willie O’Ree Place in the New Brunswick capital. The women’s U Sports event, as well as the CCAA (national small college) competitions, are also being decided there.