Concordia Thunder rolls to CCAA Curling Canada Championship

Concordia Thunder rolls to CCAA Curling Canada Championship

The Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder's dominant play led to a 10-4 victory over the Humber Hawks. All tournament long the Thunder were calculating in their play, adjusting to their opponents' games and knowing when to strike.

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 Fanshawe 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

Concordia Thunder
Humber Hawks
 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

Aaron Soulliere - Sault

Curling Canada Coaching Award

Taina Smiley - Concordia