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Ridgeback curlers eliminated from OUA championship


With heads held high, the UOIT women’s and men’s curling teams can leave Guelph knowing they’ve had the best performance in program history.

The women were the first to finish their week at the OUA championship, wrapping up round-robin play with a 7-4 loss to the Carleton Ravens on Sunday morning. UOIT was 3-4 at the end of the week, losing three of those games by a lone point.

Through 52 ends, the Ridgebacks women didn’t allow more than three points at all, while allowing three in just two ends.

Sunday night was a historic one for UOIT’s curling program, as it was the first time either team made it to an OUA quarter-final.

Up against the Laurier Golden Hawks, the Ridgebacks fell behind early as Laurier opened with a deuce with hammer in the first end.

After a blank in two, UOIT scored one in the third with hammer. A number that the Ridgebacks struggled with all weekend was three, which Laurier scored in the fourth to go ahead 5-1 midway through the game.

Laurier ran UOIT out of rocks in the eighth end as they advanced to Monday’s semi-final with a 5-3 victory over the Ridgebacks.