The Mohawk College rink, skipped by Logan James, won the men’s bronze medal at the OCAA Curling Championships, presented by belairdirect, in Sault Ste. Marie Sunday (Feb. 19).
The Mountaineers survived a game-ending measurement to seal the victory, 5-4 over the host Sault Cougars.
The Sault scored a first-end single to open the scoring. Mohawk matched that in the second end. The Cougars then got a deuce in the third for a 3-1 lead.
However, the Mountaineers scored one in the fourth and stole singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends for a 5-3 lead coming home.
The Sault, with the hammer, scored just one point in the eighth and final end, when a measurement on a potential tying point showed their second rock was not in the rings.
It was an outstanding result for the Mountaineers, who looked like they were going nowhere when they started the tournament with three straight losses. But they won four of their last five games to finish the round robin at 4-4 and qualified for the semi-finals against Humber Sunday morning. They lost 8-2 to the Hawks, but still got their shot at a medal Sunday afternoon and they came through.
Other members of the James crew were Aaron Anckaert, Dylan Robertson and Jared Zuliani.
The Mohawk women finished the championship with a 2-4 record.
The team included Joanne Curtis, Autumn Jackson, Megan McArthur and Johanna Vanwetten.
The Mohawk mixed rink wound up 1-4. Team members were Kailey Basterache, Jonathan Boccia, Kelly Thompson and Brendan Murphy.
The Mountaineer teams were coached by Betty Calic and Matt Kimber.
Humber College captured the gold medals in all three divisions at the Community First Curling Centre.
Al Craig, Sports Information Officer